Tesla Model X Crossover Officially Unveiled; Boasts 250-Mile Range & Protection From Weaponized Smallpox

Three important things have happened in the past 24 hours:

The Model X isn’t for sale yet — at least not in the conventional way. The ultra-sleek, super-high-tech SUV that boasts a minimum range of at least 250 miles and a 0-to-60 time that can dip to 3.2 seconds in some models is available by reservation only. That’ll be $5,000, please.

The good news is, if you already put your money on the table, you should receive your Model X soon.

The bad news is, if you haven’t, you probably won’t get your vehicle for another year or so.

The odd news is that the Model X can protect you from weaponized smallpox. Between that curious feature and CEO Elon Musk’s highly publicized concerns about artificial intelligence, we’re concerned that he may be headed for a very Howard Hughes future.

You can watch a few minutes from last night’s reveal of the $80,000+ Model X* in the video above, and learn more at TeslaMotors.com.

* Signature-edition models, available only to early buyers, cost $132,000 or more.