Tesla Model X Falcon Doors In Action – Video


The video quality isn’t top notch, but this may be the first time we’ve seen the Tesla Model X’s signature Falcon doors in action.

We doubt that the door will have to be physically pushed shut in the production version of the Model X. It seems that this pre-production version lacks the ability to fully close itself, but we expect that the production model will be able to perform the task of closing the rear door on a fully automated level.

Check out the video via (YouTube/Susan Le) too see how these doors operate.

Tesla Model X Falcon Door In Action

Tesla Model X Falcon Door In Action

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Here is a GIF I made from the pictures at tesla’s site. The articulation is different but this vidoe looks like a beta test car based on door struts:

Wow. The first video of the gull-wing doors in real-life use, and we see the following:

– passenger has to duck to avoid hitting his head on a slowly opening gull-wing door;

– the driver had to get out and bend over to push shut the gull-wing door; and

– the gull-wing door doesn’t completely align when shut.

Telsa obviously doesn’t want the closing of the gull-wing door on a +$100,000 Model X to be described by onlookers as “kind of ghetto.” I hope Elon is gonna “be jelly” if there is a hailstorm of criticism of the gull-wing doors when the first customers get their Model X’s. Be jelly Elon, be jellllly. . . .

Obviously a beta car. Productions will close tight. Q: HOW many years have self closing trunks been available where they lock/suck tight? A: Many years.

How long does a sliding door take on a mini-van? Similar.

Right, there are a lot of complaints about falcon wing doors which fail to compare them to sliding minivan doors. It certainly takes longer to open and close a sliding minivan door, regardless of whether you open them manually or use the power open/close servo. But I don’t notice anybody complaining about that! The advantages of the sliding minivan doors certainly outweigh the disadvantage of taking a second or two longer to open and close. And here I speak from experience, since our family car is a Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

It’s true that the video shows the driver ducking under the falcon wing door as it opens. It’s also true that if he had waited literally just one more second, then he wouldn’t have needed to duck.

One can close an Odyssey sliding door by hand in less than two seconds.

From this article: “We doubt that the door will have to be physically pushed shut in the production version of the Model X”

Wow, I feel bad the for signature buyers. Wise folks will wait out the initial prototypes and confirm after test drivign for a couple of days.

Bit good companies take care of their customers smallest complaint as if the business rides on it. Even if as many as 1% of Model X’s required “assistance”, I believe the company would resolve the issue.

They’ve done it before.

Sorry to be off-topic here, but I just had to comment on the picture I saw on the web of a pickup truck (!) with sliding rear doors! I couldn’t find the make, but it doe prove that you don’t need a full van-sized body for sliding doors (if it’s real). There – just had to get that off my chest!

I believe they’re call Falcon doors.

I’ve also heard dodo-wing doors.

(With a nod to Davemart)

Doh! Brain fart. I shouldn’t comment on anything until I’ve had a cup of coffee or two. 😉

Did you read the article at all?

The article is not authoritative. All we know is that, three days from the launch of the Model X, there are Model Xs driving around which have serious door problems. The rest is speculation.

The article may not be authoritative, but it’s clear this is not a final production Model X.

Maybe there aren’t any final production Model X’s. What’s going to be delivered in a couple of days are probably hand built X’s. Just to meet a promised deadline… a small victory but by no means the end of problems still to be solved.

All that’s clear is that it’s disguised. Why wouldn’t Tesla disguise the final version? If anything, disguising the real thing is more important than disguising preproduction versions, which are subject to change.

Hmm, what if it is a permanent disguise? The production cars could be disguised as prototypes too. People will be awe struck! All cars will look like the first car. Everyone will be a pioneer, a trend setter.

Hi Sven,

I had a good laugh when I read your post. On a more serious note, it seems this is a video that is supposed to drum up interest in the X. Isn’t it made right next to the Freemont factory? It’s probably Tesla themselves making these. As much as I hate the idea of those doors, the X will be a success and will take care of the headlines for the next year, after that it will be the Model S facelift for a year or so and then Model 3 in all its glory and at a reasonable pricepoint 🙂

Screech. OK kids, this is where you get out.
Can’t open the back doors once I go in the car-park.
Don’t ****ing argue with me GET OUT.
(pushes button)
Creak,,uurrk creak KABOOM
Oh sorry lady.
Here, let me help you.
That’s an ugly looking gash.
Your head’s not looking real good either.

Run along kids, go and buy yourselves some Coke.
That dude with the dreadlocks over there can probably give you some

If a Peugeot 1007 can close its doors faultlessly (unless its 10 years old and really dirty), then there’s no reason Tesla shouldn’t fix this within a week!


And I’d love to see those doors on the Model 3.

Please Elon, are you reading this?

The rear roof line looks shorter than I expected…

I wonder about the 2nd row and 3rd row head rooms…

Can 2nd row be moved forward/backward? I assume it can due to the way 2nd row seating are pushed forward for cargo.

Seems pretty clear the (premium) 2nd row seats can be pushed all the way forward against the back of the front seats, from Tesla’s recent publicity CGI renders. How far back they can be pushed, is a question yet to be answered.

However, the opening in the carpet around the seat post, as shown in the photo linked below, certainly seems to indicate the limits of travel. It looks to me like the seats will slide all the way back against the 3rd row seats. (Ignore the red circle/arrows, which were user-added for a different discussion.)


That poor guy might have just lost his job at Tesla for operating an unfinished beta falcon door in public.

I wonder when the doors were finally amended to not require pushing. Six months ago? One month? And why weren’t the mules fixed? It seems to me that any X in real world testing should have the fix, if at all possible, so that it too can be tested.

There are other things besides doors. Keeping mules on the road is elemental to test many other aspects of the vehicle.

I think the doors are innovative and sort of cool, and can deliver things that no door types can. They are also vulnerable to possible problems.
Time will tell how well they are received. Until then its mostly speculation and contests to see who come up with the most snarky comments, for those who can only harp on the negative.
The Usual Suspects.

What things can these doors deliver that the hatchback door of minivans and SUVs can’t?

Are you serious?

Access to areas of the car besides the trunk.

I find sliding doors to be of the greatest utility, but then you really need them on both sides of the vehicle to compare them to the X wings. Therein lies the rub, sliding doors aren’t so wonderful either, and Tesla decided not to go with them. Having to load/unload lots of people fast is really where they shine. Hatchbacks are useful but certainly not for that, so I can’t really see how they even come into the question.

OK, I thought you were referring to loadign some large cargo. Th eminivan/SUV trunk door is wide enought to load anything.

But these falcon doors have one big proble. The back seat passengers can’t keep anything in the side pockets on the doors.

True enough. I have a bunch of wrenches in side pockets that would just slide out and hit people on the head with the fw doors.

On watching the video again, as the passenger gets into the second-row seat his head never goes above the roof line. The extra headroom from the falcon-wing door design is not used while getting in. I expected the passenger’s head to break the plane of the roof line, and for the passenger to basically be standing upright before sitting down. The way this passenger got in the Model X, it wouldn’t have made a difference if the Model X had traditional doors in place of the falcon-wing doors.

I expect the utility of the falcon wing lies with small children, where the parents must hover over them in order to strap them into their car seats. They don’t help much for the third row (which is now optional) due to the low roof line and the short length of the roof door gap. If these doors were great for adults, the front seats would have them too.

I agree that loading/unloading kids was one of the elements that swayed Tesla to go with fw doors, but your logic that all doors should therefore be thus is flawed.

I don’t see any utility of the falcon-wing doors for strapping a child into the middle seat, because the center section of the roof will be directly above just like in an SUV. If you have only one child to strap in, it’ll be into the middle seat

According to Google, the Model X will be 1.5″ inches wider than an Escalade. While I’m not sure that’s true, it will be in the same ballpark, and at those widths traditional doors may not open very wide at all in a typical mall or grocery store parking lot. A person may be able to just squeeze in, but they cannot lean to strap in a kid, nor can they snap in an infant–unless, perhaps, they passed the infant’s car seat in through the window.

I think some commenters may have missed that the occupants were trying very hard to use the doors and get away without anyone recording it.

I would still prefer a traditional door.

I wonder if you can still take off if the doors are still closing.
You know, like if I’m robbing a bank or something.