Most notably, the software will give the SUV self-driving features such as automatic lane-changing and self-parallel-parking capabilities. There also will be remote independent door control as well as five different ride settings at various heights. Among the Model X's cold-weather controls are heating for the steering wheel, wipers, defrosters and, of course, the seats. Finally, there are some dashboard-graphics improvements.
Earlier this week, Tesla chief Elon Musk was in full rock-star mode as he showed off the Model X and its stunning falcon-winged rear doors to an appreciative public at the company's factory in the San Francisco Bay Area. The model's first versions were delivered to their real well-heeled owners, while the EPA estimated that the Model X 90D has a single-charge range of 257 miles, or a smidgeon less than the Model S sedan's.
Musk has said that the Model X will be priced at a $5,000 premium compared to the Model S. That means the SUV will cost somewhere in the $80,000 to $110,000 range. The super-high-end Founders Series variants of the Model X that were delivered this week went for $132,000 and up. For about $10,000 more, those versions come with the "Ludicrous Speed" option, which rockets the SUV from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds.