Ford Spotted Benchmarking Tesla’s Model X

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Ford has been spotted benchmarking Tesla’s Model X SUV. This marks the first time Ford has been seen evaluating this particular Tesla model, having previously benchmarked the Model 3 in the summer of 2021 and Model Y in the winter of the same year, and the high-performance Model S Plaid (last year), reports Ford Authority, which also shared some photos.

The Tesla Model X under scrutiny by Ford is the dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant, which lacks the Plaid badge. This model, finished in Solid Black and equipped with standard 20-inch Cyberstream wheels, starts at $98,490. The Model X offers various seating configurations and a choice between a traditional steering wheel or the controversial yoke.

Despite not being the Plaid variant, the Model X still boasts impressive performance, capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 149 mph. It also offers a substantial range of 348 miles. Currently, Ford does not have a direct competitor to the Model X, with the Mustang Mach-E positioned against the Model Y. However, this benchmarking exercise might indicate Ford’s interest in exploring a rival model or studying the crossover’s technology and powertrain.

Both the Model S and Model X have been in the market for several years, but they received a refresh in 2021. The updates included minor exterior styling changes, the addition of the yoke steering wheel, a new instrument cluster display, infotainment screen, center console, and a new rear display screen, among other features.