The Evolution of the Tesla Model X From 2016-2019

The Tesla Model X might have a luxury sportscar price tag now, but it wasn’t always that way. 
Written by Andrew Koole
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jun 30, 2022
When Tesla introduced the Model X, the three-row EV was a game-changer. The first
electric vehicle
on the market that could be described as an SUV, it offered an amount of power usually reserved for supercars.
Since then, Tesla has continued to update its falcon-wing-doored people carrier each year. Jerry, your car insurance
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, took a closer look at the first four model years of the Model X to give you an idea of how it has evolved.

2016: The Model X joins the Tesla family

Tesla has been at the forefront of electric transportation since it came on the scene in the late ‘00s. The California-based brand’s first model, the
Roadster
, shocked the industry with its capability to keep up with some of the best cars on the market without a drop of gasoline.
But it was the Model S that really changed everything. With a maximum range of over 250 miles and a starting price of $75,200, it made reliable electric powertrains a feasible reality for millions—back in 2012.
When the Model X came on the scene in 2016, Tesla gave it the same capabilities as the Model S, but with an interior that could comfortably seat five adults and two children. And to avoid any “electric minivan” labels, the Model X was fitted with Delorean-like Falcon Wing doors.

Over-the-air updates to the Tesla Model X 2017-2018

The first Model X came in three trims. The 75D started at $81,200 and featured a smaller battery pack that offered a 238-mile range. Upgrading to the 90D gave you access to a range of 257 miles, while the P90D boosted available power and speed. 
Tesla added a third trim—the 100D—in 2017. It featured a new, larger battery that could rely on a single charge for up to 295 miles, an unheard-of figure at the time. The top trim also got the new battery pack, but increased performance dropped the range to a still-impressive 289 miles.
In 2018, trim numbers went back down to three, with Tesla retiring the mid-level 90 kWh lithium-ion battery. Other than that, the only things that changed for the Model X were the number of cameras for Autopilot and its starting price. That went up by $4,500.

2019 Tesla Model X: Trims dropped, range increases

The 75D, 100D, and P100D labels were discarded in 2019, along with the smaller battery option. Software updates to the 100 kWh battery bumped the electric crossover’s possible range to 325 miles. 
That means the base Model X had a longer-lasting battery than most EVs in 2022. And to top it all off, Tesla dropped the starting price to $82,200. Upgrades could still bring that number past the six-figure marker, but the availability of that base model was a win for many.
Among those possible upgrades was the now infamous Autopilot. Driver-assist hardware was already part of the Model X from the beginning. 
But
InsideEVs
says Tesla launched a new internal computer in March 2019 that made the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving capabilities we know today possible. 

Owning a Model X today

In the last four years, the Tesla Model X has changed a surprising amount, but the most notable difference between a 2022 Model X and a 2019 Model X is the price. 
With only two trim options, the crossover now costs no less than $122,440. That $40,000 hike prices out plenty of families. It also shows in the average rates for
car insurance
. Coverage for a 2022 Model X averages out at just under $3,500 a year.
But if the six-figure starting price doesn’t scare you off, you can save on car insurance by shopping with
Jerry
. A licensed broker that offers end-to-end support, the Jerry app gathers affordable quotes, helps you switch plans, and can even help you cancel your old policy. 
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