5-Seat Tesla Model X Now Available With Fold Flat Seats, 88 Cubic Feet Of Cargo Space

NOV 4 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 62

Tesla has updated its Model X design studio to include the long-awaited 5-seat version of the electric SUV.  And as we have been suggesting since its original delay (and why it was in the first place) – the seats fold flat.

According to Tesla, the 5-seat Model X, with fold-flat second row seats, offers best-in-class interior cargo space at 88 cubic feet (passing the Volvo CX90 @ 85.7 ft³):

“Model X is equipped with a second row bench seat that folds flat in our five seat interior configuration. Designed with 60/40 split to recline separately or fold entirely flat, this opens up 88 cubic feet of interior cargo storage.”

5 Seat Version Is Standard

5 Seat Version Is Standard

The 5-seat version of the Model X is standard, with the 6-seat version costing an additional $3,000 and the 7-seater option coming in at $4,000.

In the 5-seat X, the seats can either fold down individually or in there entirety. This make the X much more versatile now in regards to cargo/passenger hauling. The seats themselves appear similar to those used in other version of the X, but a side pull handle allows for the seat to fold flat. The motorized tilt action of the seats appears to have been removed.

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The perfect thing for Bjorn Nyland. Where is he?

Bjørn Nyland said he will trade for a autopilot 2.0 car, so yeah this would be the perfect config.

Model X is equipped with a second row bench seat that folds flat in our five seat interior configuration. Designed with a 60/40 split to recline separately or fold entirely flat, this opens up the interior to 2,493 cubic litres of cargo storage.

Finally you can really sleep in a model X

Not unless you’re a contortionist. Those seats will sit a foot off the floor when folded and there won’t be enough room behind the rear seats to stretch out. The Bolt has the same problem but Chevrolet put in a false floor board to level out the cargo space.

It’s not ideal. Could put an air mattress or padding at the lower end to compensate for the height discrepancy. This is not a conversion van after all.

With the 2nd row folded, you get a flat surface all the way to the very back of the car – 74 inches worth.
That may inconvenience some very tall people but 85% of American men are under 6 feet

Who in their right mind spends $120,000 on a car that they need to sleep in?

No more money left to afford a hotel? 😉
Seriously: for some people it may be less stressful.

primarily road trips if one is trying to maximize distance. Load all the stuff on top and/or in frunk. Hang out at rest stop for a couple of hours with heater or AC on, which apparently sips juice and can work overnight without a high, and be ready to go first thing.

Driving from Seattle to LA, for example, you pass through the boonies and then some. Staying at motels/hotels become a hassle for a number of reasons. This applies to any long-distance road trip.

I wonder if using up (fixed/tilting) 2nd row stock is all that’s pending before both rows fold. “Better for people, than cargo” is how some see the current MX.

I think that the MX was designed for people. Cargo clearly wasn’t on Musk’s mind when they designed it. Even now, it doesn’t look like the level of the folded seats are anywhere near the floor level behind them. It’s better, but still a tree short of a hammock.

I want a 2 seat Model X!

I want an affordable Model X.

Perhaps Tesla will oblige with a Model 3 based Model Y?

Absolutely !

Yes, a 2 seat Model X is exactly what I want too! All Tesla needs to do is offer an option for NO SECOND OR THIRD ROW SEATS!!! It should be a no brainer and even less expensive.

So, you want an electric panel truck?!? Why would anyone want a 2-seat Model X?!? How about a convertible option, while you’re at it!!

If you want an electric El Camino, then get a used S90D and send it to a custom shop.

The Tesla pickup truck is several years away, if it happens at all.

so you think cutting a car up is better or easier than not putting a few seats in one?

Actally, Stow-N-Go seating is masterful in Chrysler’s toolbox. Nobody else in family vans (they’re not “mini” anymore, folks) or SUVs has as clever a solution as those seats that fold into the floor.

Naturally, the Pacifica PHEV has a removable center row of seats just like everyone else – due to the battery pack below the floor.

I think Model X rests somewhere in-between family van and crossover utility vehicle. Make the center row lightweight, and put Musk’s brand of innovation on it (“make it special”) by those seats being lightweight – so the average woman can easily remove them and place them in the garage. Nobody has reached that level of utility and convenience in making these types of all purpose vehciles more versatile.

Sure, even rich folk want to go to Home Depot and put a sheet of plywood in the back, or carry a drumset to the studio…

Folks have also got to consider GVWR. Being able to omit some or all of the center/rear seats frees up a lot of room for cargo. Cargo that can easily exceed the GVWR of a chassis that is already carrying a very, very heavy battery.

Agreed, the vehicle weight capacity needs to be considered. I think most cargo applications would be better served by utilizing the awesome towing capabilities of the X. This would result in less wear and tear on the interior and more total weight than would be otherwise possible.

Should be easy enough to pull the seats out.

Ha! Spoken like a person who has never owned a minivan or tried to lug those ungainly, awful heavy hulks of seats in and out of one!

It’s called, “get a chiropractor” time! It seems building a lightweight seat that unclicks from safe mounts and is stowable in the garage is a much harder task for engineers that it would seem to the casual observer.

Remember, it has to meet safety standards for all types of accidents, have appropriate seatbelt and child LATCH provisions…and on, and on. I’m sure a carbon fiber seat bucket and some foam instead of springs might do…but those springs and cushion have to last thousands of cycles and 250lb. butts too.

I can see some form of composite being used, and innovative springs as seen on say Westfalia camper beds. Added points if the center rows slides back-and-forward. That makes removing them less needed for a lot of uses – such as when you’re at Costco with the kids and you just need to slide in that last box of groceries.

Maybe the robotic snake arm can assist removing the seats 😀

“the 5-seat Model X, with fold-flat second row seats, offers best-in-class interior cargo space at 88 cubic feet”

This is great news and long over due.

It was inevitable since Tesla will use the X as their proposed Microbus. I would suspect seating configurations in the X are ergo very much in play and that a cargo van configuration could soon be offered.

I know they were talking about making a mini-van on the same skateboard platform used by the Model S & X. It’ll be interesting to see if they merely modify the Model X to create the mini-van offering or they come out with a 3rd body type mounted to the skateboard platform.

Where is Bjorn Nyland when you need him? Maybe he can fit more “large people” in the X now.

This! About time that the utility made its way back into the (Sports) Utility Vehicle!

Just another step would be two folding seat rows with the rear one being “permanently” down, so that you have a 5 seater with an optional two, like in the Model S 7 Seater, or in many other SUVs/Minivans…

This “could” be substantially lighter, and the quickest accelerating model X configuration?

I miss the point of fold flat. Fugly but cargo more people, love hotel, copy other car?

Can existing Model X owners convert their seats? Also, why didn’t they make them stow & go?

“why didn’t they make them stow & go?”

It looks like they kept the “airline pedestal” base of the seat. I’m guessing this pedestal base doesn’t allow for functionality necessary to collapse the seats to the floor.

How about just removing the seats? For when you have really big stuff to haul. Or people in wheelchairs.

I remember the removable seats in my family’s old minivan. It was a pain, and they were heavy, and you had to put them somewhere, but it did leave great cargo space. My guess is that most people won’t accept that in convenience anymore. I wouldn’t. I mean, look around, people want doors that open themselves. I can’t imagine most people willing to remove heavy seats and then putting them somewhere, particularly those without personal garages (like we did – we put the seats inside the kitchen door or walked them down to the basement).

Read my comment up above about Stow-N-Go.

It’s true there’s plenty of room for innovation. I can see a microbus-type Tesla with Westfalia style pop-up roof for camping. Lightweight middle row that removes very easily would sell tons of them.

Pacifica PHEV shows us that the Stow-N-Go seats won’t work with a battery pack underneath – just won’t fit. Even Pacifica PHEV has those awful super heavy removable seats in the mid position.

Tesla’s pedestal seats are kind of ??? I never really got that. I suppose they allow you to stow really small stuff underneath? I’d rather see tracks that allow them to slide back and forward. Invent some type of safety latch to click open and remove quickly.

Seats that are light and comfortable and conform to safety standards are a tough engineering task. Conventional seats are heavy. Add mechanisms to make them fold, or stow and you add complexity and weight. One thing a actually like about the i3 is it’s innovative light seats. Now I haven’t ridden in them for 300 miles, that may change my opinion. But it seems BMW is on the right track to dealing with the heavy seat issue.

Ok Bill Howland, you got your second row. What’s next, falcon wing doors disappear????

not a bad idea. A lower cost model w/o FWD.

Model Y.?

No falcon doors and all glass roof on the X 😀

Exacly. I think we’re all seeing that what is learned on the X will make a much better Y.

We want interior versatility over whiz-bang gadgetry.

Don’t speak for all of us please. I’m ok for a first version of the Y with no FWD, but I don’t need roof or C-17 like cargo space in my future Y, but, as others I presume, I love the FWD. As I can’t afford a X, so let a second version of the Y having Y (at that time, these doors should be far more easy/less expensive to make and far more reliable), I can wait!

I wonder what the height differential is between the rear deck and the folded seats? If it’s close enough, you could stick an air mattress back there and still have a little room for stuff under the seats!

About freaking time….

Eduardo Pelegri-LLopart

That “fold flat” seems to just fold the back of the seat, leaving a big height gap between the floor of the hatch and the floor by the seat; is that so? Much less convenient than other solutions available out there – including my 500e, BTW 🙂

If Master Elon says it’s flat, it’s flat, m-kay? 😉

The ‘floor’ portion of the rear loading area is going to be higher than the actual floor of the car in those instances where the folded seat is level with that rear area.

Why couldn’t Tesla put these folding bench seats in a 7 person X?

To give people something to complain about.

Or because you would not be able to get into the 3rd row.

My ’04 GMC Envoy XL is 4WD, has a 6,500 pound towing capacity, has a 400+ mile range, seats 7 and has a very large, flat space with the second and third row seats folded down, great for carrying cargo or sleeping. You could buy a truck like mine for one tenth of the cost of a new Model X. SUV EVs still have a very long way to go to have the utility of an ICE SUVs.

There’s a whole lot of room for improvements on any model of car.

We can see as a first effort for a crossover, there are considerations that didn’t take first priority in the X.

Usefulness for a family is in the details. Look at the family van market. Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler vans have dueled it out with various “gimmicks” that really were attempts at meeting the family or people hauling needs of the masses.

Folding tables, trays in the backs of seats, all sorts of configurations of LCD monitors and headphones, cupholders and even vacuum cleaners built in.

I used to see these as gadgetry, but now I say, “Why Not?”. A vehicle like the Model X or a family van is a Swiss Army Knife vehicle. It’s whole mission in life is to have the most utility for the buck.

Model X is great now, because it has no competition. But when Model Y is eventually here, there’ll surely be competition from other carmakers and these handy innovations sell your product over your rival’s.

I only wish they could do something about the head room in the middle seat. An inch or even half an unch would make a huge difference.

I’m just hoping for a successful Model 3, but in hoping out further to the Model Y crossover, Model 3’s glass roof and conventional doors might set the bar for Tesla’s eventual compact CUV.

We saw with those early Model 3 drives that 3 six footers could actually fit in the back seat with plenty of headroom.

The Falcon Door flourish surely will never again be repeated.
The glass roof allows for generous headroom in back, as does the cab-forward format with a short hood up front. This allows an aero roof, nice legroom and ample headroom.

@James
“I’m just hoping for a successful Model 3, but in hoping out further to the Model Y crossover,”

I agree. There’s a difference between a hatch version of model 3 and a Model 3 swithced over to an an X “pregnant guppy” shape.

But We will probably just see a hatch version of model 3 first, then a new low cost version of the X.

Some car companies do a better job at making a flat floor than others. I think Ford realizes the flatter the floor the better, but it’s nuts how the Nissan LEAF, for example, has this crazy hole for cargo and a one foot shelf up to the seats.

Bolt EV has an unequal floor but has a “filler” to level it out..But the size of the vehicle says, “no camping or sleeping back here!”. Prius has no rise between cargo load floor and folded seats, although the folded seats don’t fold completely flat. Volt has a little shelf between folded seat and cargo area.

These unequal load floor levels don’t sound like much. But it’s big when you want to haul some items – which then need bolstering to not dig into the headliner, or not fit at all. If you take long trips and try to catch a snooze back there, Bjorn Nyland style – forget about comfort with a non-level surface.

The angels are in the details. It’s why engineers get paid the big bucks. I wish more of them could figure out the level floor issue is important.

“Prius has no rise between cargo load floor and folded seats, although the folded seats don’t fold completely flat.”

Just wait until you see the Prius Prime with its giant 3 inches leap… =)

* I’d better add an asterisk after, “Ford realizes the flatter floor the better”, before some smart-Aleck points out the hilariously huge hump the battery resides under in the Ford Focus Electric! L 🙂 L

There’s exceptions to every rule…

This is why I drive a Soul EV. Need the cargo room more than passenger space. Hnoestly, most of us are the only passengers in our cars 99% of the time.

If there is a surge in Model X orders with this cargo-centric option, it likely bodes well for a more utilitarian Model Y.

What a inovation, superb Tesla! All early buyers can now buy a new one, thats how Tesla increase sales.

Just a few weeks ago I drove a Yukon XL, American car with two rows of seats that fold completely flat. ELECTRCIALLY – At a touch of two buttons in the rear. And you certainly could take a 8 hour snooze in it after bears raid your campsite at a state park in the rain trashing your tent….just saying. I ordered the 5 seat configuration , I was a bit concerned that the shot of the interior height difference was not “highlighted” to show what you would be getting. Since Elon seems to be an above board guy, I am assuming he did this to try and scramble to lower the folding height before delivery dates with a newer design, but should he fail he could use the prototype design shown. I’d assume the pic shown shows sears that met D.O.T. Testing, and hopefully he is making flatter folding seats. Some flatter folding seats I have used in the past are a auto origami nightmare. Like my ex GF had a Mercedes R500 car with sears that folded flat but were clunky ( based on the Padifica chassis ). My solution might be to build up the floor behind the… Read more »