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The long-awaited Tesla Model X crossover is getting closer to reality. It's so close, in fact, that EPA ratings are now available. Head over to fueleconomy.gov and you can see the EPA ratings for the 2016 Model X.
For the Model X AWD 90D, the ratings are 90 MPGe city, 94 highway, 92 combined, with a range of 257 miles. For the more powerful AWD P90D, the ratings are 89/90/89 MPGe. MPGe is an electric vehicle "fuel economy" rating based on the assumption that 33.7 kWh of electricity is equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.
By comparison, the Model S carries ratings of 95/106/100 for the 90D model and 89/98/93 for the P90D, with 270 and 253 miles of range, respectively.
The EPA's figures may tell us more than how efficient the Model X will be. By listing just the 90D and P90D, that seems to indicate the Model X will launch only with Telsa's 90 kWh battery and only with all-wheel drive. The Model S also offers the 70D with a 70 kWh battery and the 85D and P85D with an 85kWh battery.
For more information and a complete preview, check back with Motor Authority after Tesla's official reveal tonight.