White Tesla Model X Spotted

MAR 3 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 69

Tesla Model X Sighting Reported On Twitter by John Donnely

Tesla Model X Sighting Reported On Twitter by John Donnelly

This time it’s white, not black.

A couple days ago, John  Donnelly captured images of a white Tesla Model X testing on Interstate 280 in the Mountain View/Palo Alto area of California.

This white Model X, unlike the black one we spotted nearly one month ago,  has some white vinyl wrap on the rear window.

Just like that black X, this white one has a tow hitch and rearview mirrors.

It does appears as though this Model X is more ready for primetime than the black one, which sported lots of tape on its various opening and side mirrors.

Tesla Model X - Image Via John Donnelly

Tesla Model X – Image Via John Donnelly

Tesla Model X - Image Via John Donnelly

Tesla Model X – Image Via John Donnelly

Interstate 280

Interstate 280

Interstate 280 and Arasedero Road - Approximate Location Of Sighting

Interstate 280 and Arastradero Road – Approximate Location Of Sighting

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It appears lower to the ground then I was expecting. Looks nice either way.

It likely has adjustable air suspension similar to the Model S although nobody is taking this thing off road anytime soon.

Looks like a Prius. I will have to cancel the Model X order; not looking good.

If you have an X order, which I highly doubt, you only placed it to resell it, so why do you care?

It looks the same as it always did:
http://cdnlive.cardesignnews.com/detroit2013/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Tesla-Model-X-1.jpg

Oh like you had an order in for the Model X.

I’ll believe that when… Never.

All you do is knock Tesla and their products. It would take a lot to convince me you had an order for one of their tee shirts.

All right. You guys got me there 🙂

LOL! Was it the Bizarro “See Through” who ordered a Tesla car, despite the real “See Through” bashing Tesla every day in multiple forums all over the Internet?

Lol in may be listed as a SUV but really its just a really big car.

…”its just a really big car.”

LOL! I’ve been saying for years that it’s really just an AWD minivan. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

You just described nearly all SUVs and minivans. To be more specific, they’re tall station wagons.

A SUV is a car. 🙂

Crosstour has a cousin, strait outta Fremont.

I see what you did there. crafty NWA reference.

I love my crosstour. There is only one thing wrong with it. The gas engine. Now if only I could afford a Tesla

It is hard to believe that this thing can fit 7 passengers in there. Model S was an okay commuter car for the rich in the congested cities in US (thanks to those HOV stickers). And some bought it as novelty item, but rarely drove those.

But this thing – I’m not sure how many will buy this. The long distance car doesn’t need the HOV sticker. And people care more for space and convenience (like a roof rack). My guess is that it will sell about 10-15K total in 2-3 years, then die out.

I don’t see a white Model X. It looks like a blue and black Model X to me.

Hahaha!

Came here to say the same thing.

I see gold and cream. 😉

Lol…

I see llamas.

A pregnant Prius.

yes, improving the Cd will result in more and more looking alike shapes of cars.

In that pic from the rear it looks like the front driver’s door window is not flush, and it’s definitely not gaffer’s tape as some suggested when the previous spy photos came out.

I wonder if it’s to aerodynamic enhancement to break up the airflow along the side windows and C-pillar, kind of like the sharp edges you see on the rear quarter panels and bumpers of other cars.

Magic 8 Ball says, “Probably”…

Even in the other picture something is going on in upper corner of the driver’s window. Otherwise, I think the shape looks sleeker and more sporty than the black one.

Model S windows that just don’t fit the same in the Model X because it slopes different?

That makes the most sense.

Is it just me?

Am I the only one thinking this and the black one spotted 3 weeks ago are just the alpha versions previously seen with a bit of “make-up tape” to make them look interesting and drumming up curiosity while we wait for the real thing.

I certainly hope so, because they look like a fully fat stranded whale. Not the same finesse as the MS design, and I don’t think they look like the one filmed driving around the disused naval base in Jan, which is probably a Beta..

I wish they just give up on the falcon doors or at least offer them as an option, so the rest of us can move on. I do want it to be huge success, but preferably not looking like the 2 taped up cars – they simply, IMO – lack style

No…

I just wish people would stop whining about the falcon doors.So we can all just move on.

Making them an option adds complexity to the production process and slows the assembly line. Not going to happen.

If the car were in production or even appeared imminent, you wish would be granted. Instead there have been multiple delays and added cost for what? Extra cool doors. Elon has laid a lot of golden eggs but this one is rotten.

That’s just an excuse, IMO. They decided to take their sweet time as long as sales projections looked good for the Model S.

It’s almost guaranteed that they’ll get higher margins for the Model S. The premium SUV market is oddly priced below the premium large sedan market (X5 vs 740i, Cayenne vs Panamera, ML vs CLS/S, Q7 vs A7/A8, etc), so Tesla can’t really price it higher.

While S+X sales will be higher than S alone, there’s no doubt that the X will take away some sales from the S.

Battery production capacity could be a more viable excuse but I’m not buying the Model S eating all of Tesla’s production capacity excuse. The delays were made long ago with plenty of time to address any factory capacity. Plenty of time to address battery production capacity too but that has been out of their direct control. If anything it was a battery production cost issue and not coincedental that the Gigafactory is being pushed forward closer to the launch of the X and probably will coincide with the X production ramp after early low volume builds.

All that aside, looking at these and earlier soy photos, it is clear that the Falcon doors are still not ready for prime time. The windows are temp fill in. I only hope the frame and opening mechanism and seal are final design.

The are a monument to Musk’s hubris in his own vision.

I have no idea if this is an early pre-production Model X, or one that’s close to the production version which is going “beta testing”. And after seeing the pointless sturm-und-drang arguments in comments on the previous article, over whether or not the odd outline of the doors was due to tape or not, I have no intention of getting into that.

But either way, it puzzles me that the roof profile is so similar to the Model S. This is supposed to be a crossover, which is an SUV built on a regular car (sedan) chassis. So I would expect the roof line to go more or less straight back, to allow for head room in the third row. As is, it looks like it slopes down at the back almost as sharply as the Model S, which isn’t intended to have full head room at the rear; only the optional rear-facing seats, and those only for children, not adults.

I am guessing that these testers are colored to hide all of the final design touches. Model S looked much better in final form than it did in its original prototype design.

At the macro-level, the design does not look much different than the first prototype. The funky aero-edging around the back of the front windows and on top, will be more interesting to find out about, as time goes on…

I think the biggest changes will centered around the interior of the vehicle.

Not a particularly attractive vehicle but then there is no Jaguar SUV to heavily borrow the design from.

If Tesla really wanted to drive their prototype Model X around, they could have hidden it much better by not disguising it so much. Having most of the rear window vinyl wrapped just draws curious eyes and says nothing other than “Hey everybody, look at me!”

They should make it look like a generic sedan as much as possible. Hidden in plain sight, etc.

It keeps folks from looking inside…

Honda Crosstour, all grown up. I’m guessin’ this SUV got no barn door option?

I also noticed the Model X’s resemblance to the Honda Crosstour, but the the front view doesn’t do it justice. The Crosstour is a dead ringer for the Model X when viewed from behind.

Oops. I posted the wrong link. This is the pic of the Honda Crosstour from the rear.

I forgot about the BMW X6. It really is a dead ringer for the Model X. BMW calls the X6 an SAV, a sports activity vehicle.

http://www.latestcarreviews.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-bmw-x6-6.jpg

Panamera

Sven – you need to have your eyes checked. Last I heard, you looked at your wife and stated – “she’s a dead-ringer for Catherine Zeta Jones!”

I see absolutely zero resemblance to those cars you mentioned. You are citing the type of car – or perhaps a somewhat similar approach to a practical family carrier. But you have zero clue about lines, lights, body-flow, and shapes, dude.

To me, a more accurate assessment is that Model X is like an inflated Model S. Almost all the same character lines, but expanded to fit size expectations of a vehicle with more back seat height, options of seating and rows.

Show me a “sexy” SUV or CUV. They don’t exist. Look at what Bentley and Lamborghini tried to build a hot SUV…They look like crap! BMWs and Mercedes CUVs look like square station wagons on steroids.

This is a great compromise for those with kids and lots of stuff to haul, who also believe a SUV/CUV needs AWD.

This is not the car for those looking for a Jeep or Mercedes G-Wagen.

James,

I think you’re the one who needs to have his eyes checked. 😉

This isn’t the first time (and probably not the last time) that you responded to one of my comments and were completely WRONG. In the link below I explain to you what Twitter followers are, and that Elon Musk does indeed have 1.62 million “followers” on Twitter. Maybe you can become one of Elon’s followers. 😀

http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-p85d-gets-biebered-chrome-gold/#comment-640482

Sven – you need to have your eyes checked. Last I heard, you looked at your wife and stated – “she’s a dead-ringer for Catherine Zeta Jones!”

I see absolutely zero resemblance to those cars you mentioned. You are citing the type of car – or perhaps a somewhat similar approach to a practical family carrier. But you have zero clue about lines, lights, body-flow, and shapes, dude.

To me, a more accurate assessment is that Model X is like an inflated Model S. Almost all the same character lines, but expanded to fit size expectations of a vehicle with more back seat height, options of seating and rows.

Show me a “sexy” SUV or CUV. They don’t exist. Look at what Bentley and Lamborghini tried to build a hot SUV…They look like crap! BMWs and Mercedes CUVs look like square station wagons on steroids.

This is a great compromise for those with kids and lots of stuff to haul, who also believe a SUV/CUV needs AWD.

This is not the car for those looking for a Jeep or Mercedes G-Wagen.

Voltowner, you sound a awful lot like this guy James that I know. Any relation?

The link for the BMW X5 above didn’t go directly to the pic of a white X5 like it should have. Here’s another pic of the white X5 from the rear:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/BMW_X6_rear_20081002.jpg

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Doesn’t look like an SUV at all.
More like a CUV. Confused Uhhhh Vehicle?

I am guessing that Model X will look best with its back doors open…that could be a first in automotive history.

Wondering if the middle pillar is now part of the Falcon doors, so it completely opens up the side…

>nobody is taking this thing off road anytime soon.

I beg to differ.

Expect to see off-road tires, camo paint job, and rock climbing shortly after release.

Stupid money is as stupid money does.

Yeah. Can’t wait for the videos to start rolling in…

Seriously?

This isn’t even an SUV, really, despite many mistaken descriptions to the contrary that can be found all over the Internet. It’s a crossover.

No way does it have enough ground clearance for a proper off-road vehicle. No amount of aftermarket add-ons, such as camo paint or bull bars across the front, are gonna change that.

I want to see people getting in and out of the 3rd row of seats through the falcon-wing doors.

Weren’t those 3rd row seats now optional?

This is ugly…

Model S looks awesome. But Model X just doesn’t look nearly as good…

Looks better than the previous prototype’s. Getting closer and closer to the final version.

The rear door cutout looks like it goes deeper down toward the rear than I thought it was. The separation line seen on the roof does not line up with the vertical separation line in the window area on the side.

More mystery.

It’s basic a Model S that has let themself slide…
I am sure there is a market for it but not my style at all. The model S is a much better looking car.

Now we can see why the stock is slipping. This is not a pretty car, that Honda Crosstour actually looks better.

Now everyone is mentioning all the ugly SAVs out there… Acura ZDX/Honda Crosstour and BMW X6 Gran Tourer…

Well, Model X looks like the bastard child from the 4 way mix of Model S (sexy) and ZDX/Crosstour/X6 (all ugly)…

Hearing lots of hate, but not many intelligent comments today. You who cite ZDX and Crosstour need eye checks. It’s simply a rendering of Model S, that’s been “inflated” to keep the aerodynamics that can allow high range and performance while adding a row of seats and CUV practicality. AWD is expected in such a vehicle today, and snow and ice driving will be a breeze. People like you said 2nd gen Prius was horrible and ugly, yet they sold 3,000,000 copies! Not everyone puts “macho” or “sexy” at the top of their lists. You want a Mercedes G-Wagen that punches the wind out of the way – go buy one. If you hadn’t noticed, like Model S, this car will shame all German and Japanese rivals for aerodynamic efficiency. The rear doors are definitely a big challenge – the black tester had more than tape on the windows, as some suggest. It had horrible fit problems that were glaringly obvious at the rear door and roof. This white X may have the doors bolted down…?…But the horrible, terrific gap between B pillar and window are glaring. These test mules really have me worried about Model X and it’s Falcon… Read more »

The black one had no issues with seams or fit. To even suggest Tesla is incapable of creating a door that properly fits after all the R&D they put into getting them to seal properly– is laughably naive.

James aka Voltowner,

Please don’t ever use the word “neggers” again, especially when you use the phrase “black tester” in the same comment!!!

Haters are going to hate. I’m going to LMAO at the sore loser haters when the Model X more then doubles Tesla’s sales.

Can’t wait to drive one… and order one once the initial backlog is over… that and my 2 Leafs will make the ultimate no gassers fleet. All powered by my solar panels. Gonna be fun!