Tesla Discontinues Gloss Black Seat Back For Model X

APR 16 2017 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Gloss Black Dissappears

It sure is flashy, but gloss black scratches so easily that you’ll likely despise those shiny seats in your Tesla Model X in no time.

Lots Of Model X Owners Resorted To Wraps To Protect the Gloss Black

Tesla has discontinued glossy black as a seat back option for the Model X. The automaker didn’t say why gloss black is now gone, but we can guess it was due to numerous scratch complaints coming in over time. Fingerprints were a problem too.

Lots of Model X owners opted to get the back of their X seats wrapped to keep them in pristine condition, but that can be a bit pricey and it’s more of a band-aid than a fix.

In steps Tesla to discontinue glossy black and only offer a matte finish.

Teslarati cites Yinn from the Tesla Motors Club forum for  best “describing the differences between the old glossy-back seats versus the newest matte black seat backs.”

Here’s Yinn’s post:

Matte vs Gloss:

We have the Matte in our S, and the Gloss in our X, so I feel like I can give a good summary and comparison.

– Our matte is scratched up severely and shows the grooves and looks horrendous.
– Our matte feels less fragile and more durable, resulting in us treating them with less care – most likely resulting in the above.
– The matte backs feel less slippery with no noticeable effect on….anything.

– Our gloss has fingerprints and footprints all over it and looks horrendous.
– Our gloss feels more fragile and less durable, resulting in us treating them with the utmost care to prevent scratching – most likely resulting in the lack of scratches.
– The gloss backs feel more slippery with no noticeable effect on…..anything.

Source: Teslarati

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9 Comments on "Tesla Discontinues Gloss Black Seat Back For Model X"

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Alonso Perez

Not really a fan of plastic backs in any color or finish. Would prefer fabric of some kind.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“We have the Matte in our S, and the Gloss in our X, so I feel like I can give a good summary and comparison.

“– Our matte is scratched up severely and shows the grooves and looks horrendous.”

Hmph. Looks like the Teslarati writer wanted to create pretend controversy by finding and repeating the worst possible review of the matte finish in the “S”, to falsely suggest it’s not superior to the gloss finish in the “X”.

Bottom line: There have been frequent complains about the gloss finish in the “X”. I don’t recall seeing even one complaint about the “S” seat backs… until this article.

There is also one important datum missing from the above report: How long the owner has had the “S” vs the “X”. If the seat backs in the “X” are just as scratched up as the ones in the “S”, but he has owned the “S” years longer (which is the usual case for those who own both cars), then that alone would be sufficient to indicate why most people would prefer the matte finish.

Four Electrics

Fantastic news. The glossy backs are terrible with kids in car seats.

Taser54

This is the downside to Tesla not testing things enough. Consumers burdened with items that should not have made production.

Adam

How about fabric or leather backs??? Even better than matte black plastic.

I see the scum of the earth cloth seat customers are still not permitted to order an alcantara roof lining or carbon trim.

R.S

Alcantara backs! Tesla could make it part of their luxury package, or as an extra option. I’d probably select it.

vdiv

Maybe just plant some kind of a living moss there. 😉

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven
The 2018 Honda Odessey’s innovative “magic slide” second-row seats have made the Tesla Model X’s sliding second-row seats obsolete. Not only are they more functional and practical then the second-row seats in the Model X, but more importantly Honda’s “magic slide” second-row seats can significantly improve safety for children and adults sitting in the second row in a T-bone accident. These are the seats that Tesla should have designed for the Model X. The center seat in the Odessey’s second row is removable, which gives owners the ability to drive around with the 7-seat configuration (with 3 seat third row) most of the time while retaining the ability to add a extra seat when desired/required. Unlike the 6 or 7-seat Model X, the Honda’s second row seats fold down. What make the Odessey’s second-row seats a safety innovation, is their ability to slide inwards when the middle seat is removed. This allow easy access to the third row. But more importantly, second row passengers, including babies in child seats, are seated away from the doors. The seat’s extra distance away from the door increases safety in T-bone accidents. When there is only one person, such as a child or baby,… Read more »
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven

This is better-worded description of what the Magic Slide second-row seat system can do:

“A new Magic Slide second-row seat system brings four different seating configurations to meet people-moving, cargo-hauling and accessibility needs. Separation mode has the center seat out and the captain’s seats in the outer positions. Buddy mode has the center seat out and the captain’s seats pushed together in the center. Easy Access mode has the seat behind the driver moved to the center and forward so front passengers can be within close reach of a child, and Super mode is Easy Access but with the seatback tilted forward for wide-open access to the third-row.”

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/auto/2018-honda-odyssey/preview/