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Testing the Tesla Model X – in pictures

Testing the Tesla Model X - in pictures

With the Model S and X open for orders, for delivery in the summer, and a nascent network of Tesla-branded charging stations due to become a nationwide by the end of this year, owning one has suddenly a very real prospect. Victor Besa for The National

Testing the Tesla Model X - in pictures

The regenerative braking, which can be set to standard or low, has the triple effect that when you ease off the accelerator, it slows the car automatically while extending the range (which can be up to 500 kilometres in total) and brake life. Victor Besa for The National

Testing the Tesla Model X - in pictures

The all-wheel-drive X has other suitably boastful feathers in its cap, including its panoramic windscreen, which curves up into its roof to create something of an observatory to the outside world, also opening up the vistas for rear-seat passengers. It is, Tesla says, the biggest windscreen of its type in production. Victor Besa for The National

Testing the Tesla Model X - in pictures

The battery’s positioning, beneath the X’s floor, gives 50:50 weight distribution that Tesla claims makes it incredibly stable and almost immune to rollovers. Should the worst happen, though, crash tests have shown that the X will be one of the safest vehicles in its category, with collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking. Victor Besa for The National

Testing the Tesla Model X - in pictures

With the X’s added elements from its more-futuristic, full-aluminium design (dramatic falcon-wing doors and all) through to its capacity to carry seven full-sized adults, it’s arguably an even more capable car than the S. Victor Besa for The National

Testing the Tesla Model X - in pictures

Access to the rear seating is painless thanks to those unfurling falcon-wing doors, which can be automatically operated via the car’s Tesla-shaped key fob, too. Victor Besa for The National

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