Tesla has raised the price of its updated Model X range ahead of local deliveries, set to begin in 2022.
The Model X Long Range will kick off at $161,990 before on-road costs and Luxury Car Tax (LCT), up $12,000.
The Model X Plaid price remains unchanged at $174,990 excluding ORC/LCT.
The update is headlined by some dramatic interior changes and a new Plaid tri-motor flagship.
The company says the futuristic wheel offers “the ultimate focus on driving: no stalks, no shifting. With a stalkless steering yoke, you can enjoy both the best car to drive, and the best car to be driven in”.
The Model X, like the Model S, has gone from a portrait orientation for its central touchscreen to a landscape layout similar to the Model 3, though the larger Teslas differ in offering a digital instrument cluster.
There’s also a third screen on the back of the centre console to entertain rear passengers, while the centre console itself has been redesigned to offer more storage plus dual wireless chargers.
Power and range figures have changed compared to last year’s models, with power up considerably but range down.
The new, tri-motor Long Range offers 499kW of power and 580km of range on the NEDC standard, while the Plaid has 760kW/547km.
Last year’s Long Range Plus had 350kW/633Nm while the old Performance had 451kW/619Nm.
Tesla prices are known to fluctuate. The base model’s price was reduced by $18,000 for 2021, only to go up again by $11,000 during 2021.
The updated model sees the base price increase by another $12,000.
- 2022 Tesla Model X Long Range: $161,990
- 2022 Tesla Model X Performance: $174,990
All prices exclude on-road costs and Luxury Car Tax unless otherwise specified.
Engines and Range
The 2022 Tesla Model X is available with two electric powertrains.
The dual-motor Long Range has 499kW of power and a claimed 580km of electric range on the more generous NEDC standard. It can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.9 seconds.
The tri-motor Plaid has 760kW of power and a claimed 547km of electric range. It can go from 0-100km/h in 2.6 seconds.
The 2022 Tesla Model X measures 5036mm long, 2072mm wide and 1684mm tall.
It has 544L of luggage space with all three rows up, expanding to a maximum of 2486L. Tesla claims total luggage space of 2577L, as there’s also a storage area at the front.
Servicing and Warranty
As it has very few moving parts, there isn’t much maintenance required on the Model X. Tesla recommends having the air-conditioning filters changed every two years, and checking the tyre tread, balance, and rotation every 20,000km.
Thanks to regenerative braking, the brake pads and discs require work less frequently than in internal-combustion vehicles but you’ll still need to have the brake fluid checked every two years.
If you live in a colder climate, you’ll need to have the pads and discs lubricated every 12 months.
Tesla offers a four-year, 80,000km warranty for the car and an eight-year, 240,000km warranty for the battery and drive unit.
The Tesla Model X has a five-star rating from ANCAP, based on testing conducted in 2019. It received a score of 98 per cent in adult occupant protection, 86 per cent in child occupant protection, 72 per cent in vulnerable road user protection and 94 per cent in safety assist.
All 2022 Tesla Model X models come standard with the following safety features:
- Front and front-side airbags
- Curtain airbags for the first two rows
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
All 2022 Tesla Model X models come standard with:
- 17.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Satellite navigation
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- Rear entertainment system with 8.0-inch display
- Adaptive air suspension
- 20-inch alloy wheels (22-inch wheels optional)
- 22-speaker sound system
- LED headlights
- Panoramic glass roof
- Heated seats for every occupant
- Heated steering wheel
- Ventilated front seats
- Wireless phone charging
- Tri-zone climate control
- Ambient lighting
- Leatherette upholstery
- Wood interior trim
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Automatic high-beam
- Keyless entry and start
- Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
- Automatic headlights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Power tailgate
The Plaid adds carbon fibre interior trim.
A five-seat layout is standard, with a six-seat layout costing an additional $9400 and seven seats costing $5100.
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability costs an additional $10,100.
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