Model Xs "falcon wing" rear doors come with an array of sensors that allow them to open differently depending on conditions

Model X's "falcon wing" rear doors come with an array of sensors that allow them to open differently depending on conditions

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Tesla has started deliveries of its delayed Model X crossover in the US. The new model, which comes with striking 'falcon wing' lifting rear doors, was launched to a handful of customers at a ceremony at Tesla's Freemont, California, facility.

Investors will be hoping that the higher volume Model X is successful enough to tip Tesla into profitability after years of losses and high development costs.

It's been a long wait for the Model X, the first prototypes having been shown to the media in February 2012. The car has been subject to a number of delays having originally been slated for SOP in 2014.

The Model X is effectively a taller version of the Model S sedan, but with folding back doors hinged on the roof. Tesla calls these 'falcon doors'.

The car comes with a $130,000 price tag. Tesla's next model – 'Model 3' – will be higher volume and sell with a lower price point of around $35,000.

Tesla claims a range of 250 miles for the car on the fully charged 90 kW battery.