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Tesla Model X Plaid update

Tesla Model X Plaid update Tesla Model X Plaid update
Oddball new steering wheel for Model X Plaid.

As goes the Model S, so too goes the Model X - Tesla's big six-and-seven seat SUV shares its platform, batteries, and motors with the Model S saloon, so it's getting the same updates and the same high-performance 'Plaid' version as the Model S.

Plaid high performance

Well, not quite the same. While the Model S gets a Plaid+ version, with 1,100hp, the Model X must suffice with a regular old Plaid, with three electric motors (one at the front and one for each rear wheel) and 1,020hp. It's enough to shove this big family motor from a standing start to 100km/h in a mere 2.6 seconds, though - half a second behind the Model S Plaid, and still - y'know - pretty brisk.

The Model X Plaid can go for a claimed 547km on one charge (on the WLTP test) and has a top speed of 262km/h. And it'll cost you a princely €119,990 in Ireland - with deliveries due to start from next month (subject to delays, of course). Tesla claims that it has 'the quickest acceleration of any SUV.'

The regular Long Range Model X has also been updated, although it sticks with its regular two-motor layout, can go for a claimed 580km on one charge, has a 250km/h top speed, and hits 100km/h from standstill in 3.9 seconds - hardly slow. It'll cost you €99,990.

New touchscreen

As with the Model S, the Model X gets a new infotainment screen in the centre of the dash - rotated from the vertical layout of the previous version to a Model 3-style horizontal form here - and it measures a whopping 17 inches across. It's been set for high-performance streaming and gaming, which is presumably with an eye on Elon Musk's possibly-fanciful promise of fully autonomous driving by the end of this year (believe it when we see it...). There's also the same HEPA air filter system for the cabin, as before, a more connectivity and charging options for your phones and laptops. The Model X retains an all-digital eight-inch instrument panel in front of the driver.

And then there's the steering wheel. The Model X now gets the same chopped-off, airliner-style steering wheel as the new Model X, and we'll just have to wait and see how that works when you need more than half-a-turn of lock. Tesla is determined to eradicate interior switches, so as well as the weird wheel, it's done away with column stalks and moved pretty much all switch settings either onto the touchscreen or the two multi-function scrolling buttons on the wheel. Daring, and we'll have to wait and see how that works, too.

Lots of space

Luggage space hits a maximum of 2,577 litres with all the rear seats folded, and you can have the same five, six, or seven-seat layouts as before. The maximum towing weight stands at 2,268kg. The Model X retains its 'Falcon' up and over rear electric doors, and Tesla claims that the car's 0.25Cd coefficient of drag is the lowest of 'any SUV on Earth.'

Published on January 28, 2021
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