The debut comes amid growing speculation that low-carbon vehicles are finally on the verge of a breakthrough after the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
The Model X has been billed by Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk, as the company’s most advanced vehicle to date.
The specifications and the look of the Model X will certainly catch the eye of motorists who have become disillusioned by the traditional automotive industry in light of VW cheating emissions tests on diesel cars.
Musk claims the scandal shows the time has come for carmakers to “move to a new generation of technology” or face being wiped out.
“What the Volkswagen [scandal] is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’s possible with diesel and gasoline,” he said.
Apart from its price, the Tesla’s Model X represents a step-up in electric car technology. The electric4x4 can reach 60mph in 3.2 seconds, has a top speed of 155mph and its battery charge lasts for 25o miles.
The car is equipped with seven seats, a 43cm touchscreen for controlling driving and entertainment systems, and double-hinged falcon wing doors that can open with just 30cm of space either side of the car.
The Model X also includes an array of sensors, including a radar and sonar system that applies the brakes if there is danger of an accident, and doors that open automatically when the driver approaches.