In-Depth Look At Functionality Of Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors – Video


Despite early quality control problems and some still complaining about their operation, the Tesla Model X Falcon Wing doors are the vehicle’s most identifying feature. Even people that know nothing about Tesla or electric cars, will usually ask or tell you about the doors.

Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors

Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors

The two-hinge system is unique and allows the doors to “accordion” on the way up so that they can open in really tight spaces. While they won’t beat the sliding doors on minivans, they can open in more cramped spaces than most traditional doors.

Video Description via YouTube’s TechnoBuffalo:

The Tesla Model X have crazy Falcon Doors, but how exactly do they work?
To learn more technical aspects of the Model X’s falcon wing doors, check out the video above.

The video does a pretty thorough job showing the location and function of all the sensors as well. When a sensor detects obstacles, you can see the obstacle on the touch screen.

In closing, the owner mentions that the doors are great for loading and unloading kids and cargo, while his wife has a back problem, and finds the rear seat access helpful. However, there is a disclaimer in there from TechnoBuffalo saying that he leased the vehicle, specifically because he isn’t sure how the doors will hold up.

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22 Comments on "In-Depth Look At Functionality Of Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors – Video"

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This leaves me wondering at the fact that Tesla has been able to successfully engineer such a complex door, yet is so far unable to successfully motorize the Frunk lid of Model S or X (as far as I know).

Why bother? That just adds more cost and complexity for a frunk that people only rarely use.

Thomas Earle Moore said:

“This leaves me wondering at the fact that Tesla has been able to successfully engineer such a complex door, yet is so far unable to successfully motorize the Frunk lid of Model S or X (as far as I know).”

What an odd mis-characterization. In fact, it seems intended as Tesla bashing FUD to say Telsa is “unable to” do something as relatively simple — and more importantly, absolutely unnecessary — as that.

Thank goodness not everything is motorized on cars these days! In my opinion, there are already far too many things that are unnecessarily motorized, and thus far too many things that are more complex and more subject to malfunction than they need to be.

Personally, I’m just fine with hand-cranking a window up and down. In fact, that makes it easier to control if you want to open the window just a crack.

Additionally, safety regulators may look down upon anything which might cause the hood to block the view of the driver while the car is in motion. Electronics and software are bug prone.

Tesla is required by federal regulations to keep the frunk lid as a manual open-close, in the same way that the hazard lights activation switch must be a physical switch rather than a soft button on the screen.

I love the Falcon-wing doors . . . but Tesla really needs to NOT do that again.


7 months 8k miles falcon doors awesome not a single problem. Very easy to get in and out

Family of five, two dogs, long trips to families place, unparalleled comfort safety and speed, not to mention efficient green and fun factors. Had escalade before which gave much more trouble.

I am one of the people that wants a Model X because of the doors.

I was surprised to hear the Model X owner say @9 seconds into the video that he had “no issues with [his falcon-wing doors] at all,” and thought that Tesla had finally solved all the nagging problems it had with the falcon-winged doors. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. 😀 Then @4:33 into the video, the Model X owner says that he “only had the car for a week.” LOL! Seven days and no issues at all with the falcon-wing doors! Is that some sort of new record? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The reviewer lost all credibility at that point.

At 1:24 into the video, the owner shows us the location of the pinch sensors. Didn’t Tesla deactivate the pinch sensors a couple of months ago with a software update so that the falcon-wing doors would close/work properly? I distinctly remember the video showing the falcon-wing doors slicing a cucumber in two. Before the software update, the falcon-wing doors would stop and not cut the cucumber in two. Did Tesla reactivate the pinch sensors?

Pinch sensors still active. Ultrasonic close sensors dissabled, faulse detections stopped them from shutting too often.

3 months, 10,000 miles (mostly road trip), no problem with our wings.

Sven is just a addicted to siren’s call of “Negative Spin”. Most just call it self-aggrandizing trolling. 😉

Those doors are amazing.


I think the pinch sensors I’m referring to were deactivated 4 months ago, prior to you purchasing your Model X. The pinch sensors where deactivated in the area where the FW door meets the roof on top of the car. In the YouTube videos below a Model X owners said a software update deactivated these pinch sensors.

Here is a third video from the same Model X owner talking about how the pinch sensor safety feature near the roof were deactivated and him doing the cucumber test.

I think you expect too much from a youtube reviewer. This is not the academy of scientists doing an exhaustive long-term test.

No, pinch and capacitive touch sensors are safety features, so remain active at all times. Besides they were not responsible for the issues with the doors, the ultrasonic sensors were the culprits there. They sometimes needed to be deactivated and recalibrated, to prevent false detections that would prevent doors from opening or closing all the way.

See my comment above, apparently the pinch sensors where the door meets the top of the roof were deactivated.

“Before the software update, the falcon-wing doors would stop and not cut the cucumber in two.”

So then, if you really want to spend ~$100,000 for an extremely large, ungainly, and slow-working vegetable slicer, one which likely doesn’t even slice the vegetable cleanly, the Model X is now the car for you! /sarcasm

We owned a Chrysler minivan for many years, but never ever thought to try slicing cucumbers with the power sliding doors. Silly of us, wasn’t it? 🙄

I must admit, though, the absolutely ludicrous and clownish lengths to which Tesla bashers are now going to find something to complain about, have become increasingly hilarious! Seriously, slicing vegetables?!?!

After you kidding? They used fruit because it’s safer than using their fingers. Are you volunteering yours?

My FWDs occasionally fail to open fully, even when outdoors. They have also begun to make a popping sound. All told I expect my X to have spent two to three months at the service center, but it’s still the safest–and only–electric minivan in town.

Falcon wing doors are simply stupid for a SUV. A roof rack cannot be fitted as a result. And those stupid doors delayed the X to market by 1-2 years which in turn delayed the Model 3 to market. Now the Chevy Bolt has the sales lead. Those stupid doors cost Tesla dearly.

Elon’s pet projects are a small price to pay for Tesla’s amazingness.