Tesla has just recently released some details on its latest Model X SUV. We’ve been speculating how far of a range it would have, as well as horsepower and 0-60 mph times. The Model X is said to have a range of 257 miles, which equates to 89 mpge. It’s also said to have over 700 hp with both electric motors and get from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. The price is also around $130,000, which is not cheap.
The main competitor for the Tesla Model X will be the upcoming Audi e-tron Quattro Concept (likely to be called the Q6 when it debuts) when it eventually comes out sometime in 2018. The Audi Q6 will have around 600 hp, which is about 100 less than the Model X and will only be able to get from 0-60 in around 4.3 seconds, so it will be a bit slower. However, the Audi Q6 is said to have around 310 miles of range, considerably more than the Model X.
There’s been no word of pricing on the upcoming Q6, but it’s likely that it will be under $130,000. Audi is a far bigger brand than Tesla and can afford to make and sell such a car for less than that. It will no doubt be expensive, but it’s likely it will start under six figures. Audi has the kind of modular platform technology, as well as existing EV technology to use and an entire suite of knowledge from within the Volkswagen Group, so Audi will be able to make the Q6 for less than Tesla can make the Model X.
As it currently stands, these will be the only two fully electric SUVs on the market, as both the Q7 e-tron and BMW X5 xDrive40e are plug-in hybrids. So these two will be at each other’s throats. It should be an intriguing battle between the two EV SUVs, as one boasts superior power and performance while the other has a further range, will be more spacious and likely less expensive. Though, we’ll have to wait until 2018 to find out which is best.[Source: Automobile Mag]