Tesla Model X To Be Less Guy-Centric Than Model S

JUN 11 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 20

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X delays are being explained by Tesla as being caused by trying to make the SUV as perfect as possible in every way. Basically, Tesla says it’s going over the Model X with a fine tooth comb.

The first deliveries were originally expected  in a couple months, but they’ve since been pushed back to spring of 2015.

Tesla Model X and the "Falcon-Wing" doors

Tesla Model X and the “Falcon-Wing” doors

Often times there are vehicles that the production model is worse than the “demonstrator.”   Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, has repeated his outlook on vehicles as being that the production vehicle should be more exiting than the concept version, versus the other way around.

To elaborate, Musk recently stated:

“One of the things that drives me crazy about cars is that very often you’ll see kind of a car or demo car and then the production version is some much worse version of that. At Tesla, whenever we show off a car as a demonstration item the production car will always be better.”

“Sometimes that takes a lot of effort and it’s very difficult and that is certainly the case with the Model X, but we have two choices which is either [to] produce an amazing car that I think is going to blow people away or produce a pretty good car.”

The “Falcon-Wing” doors are one of the highlights of the Model X, adding a unique way of entering and exiting the vehicle for second and third row passengers. Musk had stated that opening up the “Falcon-Wing” doors should be an “amazing experience.”

If the Model X lives up to its expectations, which we are certain that it will and more, it will be an experience like no other on the road. A few of the main features are standard 4-wheel drive with 2 motors, seating for 7 passengers comfortably, 85 kWh battery pack with a range of ~ 260 miles, 0-60MPH in less than 5 seconds and so on.  The Model X is sure to be in a class of its own that will be unmatched by competitors.

Musk had also added that his designers are paying “more attention to the needs of women” as this is Tesls’s third vehicle and it’s of high importance to focus on all buyers:

“We’ve probably got a little too guy-centric on the Model S, so we’re hoping to correct that with the Model X.”

How do you focus on being more appealing to women, or less guy-centric?

By moving seats closer to the pedals and and improving forward visibility.  Additionally, the Model X is be as family-oriented as possible.

As you likely already know, the Model X sits on the exact same platform as the Model S, only with all wheel drive and some other minor hardware changes.

More than 15,000 deposits for the Model X have been taken. It will surely go up against a number of SUVs when it arrives in 2015, but none of those SUVs are pure electric, which means that the Model X will have no real competition when it hits the scene in 2015.

Tesla Model X Rear Cargo

Tesla Model X Rear Cargo

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20 Comments on "Tesla Model X To Be Less Guy-Centric Than Model S"

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GeorgeS

Totally trick.
I want one but alas it is out of my price range.

It isn’t dynomite to look at though. It just goes to show if you design a vehicle that is efficient in the use of interior space you usually have to sacrifice a little good looks…….sort of like the Prius and the Leaf. 🙂

Scott you lucky dog you.

scottf200

A vehicle to have for a long long time just like my Volt (going to another family member). Looking forward to skipping the gas usage even on my farthest work/play days. Looking forward to some long distance travels. AWD in the winter will be pretty awesome. Looking forward to stop getting work done on my aging ICE SUV!!!

Anon

Tesla’s been evolving and learning from the S for some time now. The X will embody much of that practical knowledge, in their latest vehicle. I fully expect X to outsell S in markets like the US.

Exciting times. 🙂

qwerty

I’m going to guess they are holding out as long as they can for the decision to ax out the side view mirrors in favor of side view cameras.

SeattleTeslaGuy

Well one thing that will make the X a lot less guy centric is the fact that you can’t put sport racks on it. Kind of weird for a 4WD vehicle…

Reminds me just a little of the old AMC Eagle.

Rob Stark
GeorgeS

Incredible. Is that legit Tesla options?

Rob Stark

Elon said that would definitely be an option.

Then again he said there would be battery swap stations between SF and LA in 2014.

Anon

That was well before the battery shield retrofit…

Rob Stark

Tesla Motors official site still has the battery swap page.

They never said the titanium shield would prevent a swap.

scottf200

No, someone very talented created that picture and posted it on TMC.

Rob Stark

Elon said a hydraulic roof rack was going to be made available.

The pic is from TMC, not an official TM release.

But Elon did say a hydraulic roof rack would be made available.

SeattleTeslaGuy

wtf does hydralic mean in this case? The doors go into the space where the rack would have to be. I don’t care if it’s electrodynamochenical or what ever. How do I get a kayak on the roof? Or just a cargo box, for that matter? This is an Achilles heel for a 4WD vehicle.

DaveMart

It should be fun fitting the roof rack.

vdiv

Model X – girly
Model Y – macho

🙂

GeorgeS

That’s really a good question.

Will the low cost 200 mile version be sporty like the S or “practical” like the X?

I hope they go sporty. Like the S.

vdiv

I think the Model Y designation was intended for the truck. No idea what the third gen. lower cost mass market model name would be though according to Musk they have something “pretty good” in mind.

Yes, Tesla should choose their battles wisely, however if Ford is not using the Model E trademark Tesla should have been allowed to do so.

Koz

Elon’s vision has been great for the publicity and popularity of Tesla vehicles. Not so great for price targets and release dates. This is fine for $70+K vehicles and excellent for building a brand name from scratch with limited marketing. Those same characteristics can quickly become a liability in try to create a $35K vehicle with 200+ mile range. He will need to check himself a lot more for that model to not compromise the most important “wow”, price.

ModernMarvelFan

Model X is kind of ugly.

Model S is very sexy…

Maybe that is why Model X is no longer guy centric since it looks worse…

Brandon

Nah he just said that to make that lady feel good… he doesnt give a s*** about what she said lol