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Tesla is unveiling theh new SUV called Model X tonight at 8pm PT! Live stream on their website.
 

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I am! Actually killing time in my hotel room before heading over there
Surprising that they're having the event so late! It'll be 11pm ET when all is said and done!
 

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I am! Actually killing time in my hotel room before heading over there
Take some photos if you can!

There will also be a discussion on our sister site, Tesla-Buzz:

http://www.tesla-buzz.com/forums/Thread-Tesla-Model-X-crossover-to-be-unveiled-February-9

http://www.teslamotors.com/modelx

 

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"Most cars are pretty Blah. This is not." Elon Musk

Seriously? If the best Musk can say about his own car is that it is not "Blah", I can't really get enthused about it. And he is not really known for his understatements. On the other hand, he may have learned from Fisker and is trying to moderate expectations.

--Fab.
 

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Wow - how underwhelming!!! It just looks like a bloated Model S.

C'mon guys!



 

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Wow - how underwhelming!!! It just looks like a bloated Model S.

C'mon guys!
I agree it looks just like the model S but I like the model S. It's ok but I like big SUVs like the escalade or Range not the smaller SUVs that are popular now.
 

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Wow - how underwhelming!!! It just looks like a bloated Model S.

C'mon guys!
Huh. Aside from the gull-wing doors, it looks ... boring. The gull-wing doors are interesting, but look somehow wrong to me, too.

(I don't really mind "boring" in a car-as-appliance, but I think electric cars need to look exciting for a while yet, so that they become desirable, before they become mainstream and boring.)
 

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The rear is horrendous. The front is boring, but tolerable. Too bad, as I was really considering plunking down a deposit.
 

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I kinda like it myself. I agree it's not edgy and it's very mainstream - and that's the point I think. True EV adoption is going to happen when people think of an electric powertrain as an option and not as an exotic deviation from normal. The fact that the X is a well executed, if somewhat boring, crossover-style vehicle will help advance the ball. With the flat floor I imagine they can do some creative things with the interior too. I think the fact that it's unremarkable is sorta remarkable.

I do think the high gull wing doors are going to be a problem for a lot of folks. If you can't open your door in your garage you're not going to be able to buy the vehicle.
 

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If a Mazda CX7 and a Jaguar XF had sex, then this would be its offspring.
 

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I think it looks... well normal, which isn't a bad thing. The gullwing doors, while cool, are a bit gimmicky and probably more trouble than it's worth.

Besides that though, this seems to be an amazing vehicle. The usable space of a minivan. Comfortably seats 7 adults with plenty of space for storage (including the frunk). The styling of an SUV. Which while not particularly exciting is rather popular these days. Sports car performance! AWD, 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, extremely low center of gravity.

Tesla easily makes the best electric drive train.
 

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I am going to see about pushing my Model S reservation over to the Model X.
Sparky168, for a completely battery EV if you don't like 300 miles in an hour's charge, would you be happier with 150 miles in 10 minutes? The chemistry exists today and it is called Lithium Titanate, Altairnano makes them and so does Toshiba with Toshiba marketing them under the name SCiB, for Super Charge ion Battery. They are in the newest model of the Mistubishi iMiev and coming in the Honda Fit EV.
 

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The "Falcon Doors" are a daring choice. My house, like many houses in San Francisco have a garage on the ground level with the rest of the house built above the garage. Since there is an overall height limit of 40', the garage height is typically the minimum allowed by code to maximize the height of the living spaces, 8' I think or maybe even lower. Often, there are shelves and storage installed under the ceiling that effectively lower the clearance. And the Model X is fairly high off the ground and stands very tall, as can be seen in this picture with an adult standing next door to the door opening:




In a high-profile car like the model X, you may not be able to open the gull wing doors all the way inside a typical San Francisco garage. We see the same problem with our M-Class Benz's back gate,. which we can't open because it would hit the garage door mechanism if we did.

Now if you live in Atherton in a ranch-style home with 9' ceilings all around, including the garage, this may not be a problem. But in multistory homes in big cities, the Falcon Doors may end up being less than practical, or annoying if you end up getting a lot of dings on the door and on the ceiling.

-- Fab.
 

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I was pretty meh, but after digesting it all, I upgraded to sig. Not a huge fan of the styling (again I wish fisker had stayed with Tesla), but the tech is there, the room is there, and the range is there. I'm in.
 

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It would seem that for the Model X to be a big success Tesla will have to make changes to deal with the practical objections to the Falcon doors. Sure, they are cool, but if potential buyers are worried about bike roof racks, Thule boxes, home garages, parking garages, etc., it is going to reduce the available market significantly.
 

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It would seem that for the Model X to be a big success Tesla will have to make changes to deal with the practical objections to the Falcon doors. Sure, they are cool, but if potential buyers are worried about bike roof racks, Thule boxes, home garages, parking garages, etc., it is going to reduce the available market significantly.
100% agreed, though reservations seem to be moving at a surprising clip.
 
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