Tesla Model X

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Imag­ine a mega-fast four-seat lux­ury se- dan that con­jures 416 horse­power to reach 167 mph. You could imag­ine that with a Porsche em­blem, right? What if that same sedan also achieves 50 mpg and can go 15 miles on just elec­tric­ity af­ter 2.5 hours of charg­ing? That's the Panam­era E-Hy­brid. That magic comes from a 3.0-liter su­per­charged V6 en­gine and lithium-ion bat­ter­ies. Be­yond that elec­tronic wiz­ardry, the car is loaded with an adap­tive air sus­pen­sion and cabin swathed with leather, di­vine au­dio, and crash avoid­ance tech. Mon­i­tor charg­ing via a smart­phone app.


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Mercedes C350 Plug-In Hy­brid

Take a class-lead­ing com­pact lux­ury sedan, out­fit it with a stan­dard air sus­pen­sion, and in­stall a plug. Meet the C350 Plug-In Hy­brid that can go 20 miles in all-elec­tric mode. A 2.0-liter tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine, lithium-ion bat­ter- ies, and 7-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion de­liver a com­bined 275 horse­power and 443 foot-pounds of torque for Au­to­bahn­stomp­ing per­for­mance. Driver se­lectable driv­ing modes con­fig­ure the pow­er­train, chas­sis, steer­ing, and cli­mate con­trol for In­di­vid­ual, Eco, Com­fort, Sport, and Sport+; each is more ag­gres­sive than the last. Press eSave to save your bat­ter­ies' charge for later. Ex­cept for that fender plug, only driv­ers will know how spe­cial this car re­ally is. Sales be­gin this fall.


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Just when the world is get­ting used to Tesla's all-elec­tric cruise mis­sile, the Model S, here comes a big­ger rocket—a proper three-row cross­over with fal­con wing doors, seat­ing for seven, and 250 miles of all-elec­tric range. It can even pull a 5,000-lb. trailer—enough for a boat or pa­rade float. A fu­tur­is­tic tablet-cen­tric dash­board, sweet leather, and tomb quiet driv­ing echo the Model S. It even has a med­i­cal grade HEPA air fil­ter to re­move pol­lu­tion from the cabin and cre­ate pos­i­tive pres­sure in case of a bio-at­tack or the apoca­lypse. You'll have to wait un­til next year to plug into the Model X, but all in­di­ca­tions are it will be worth the wait.


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Oc­to­ber 30, 2015

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