From September 29th you can buy one of these, a Tesla model X. Would you?
Porsche spent a long time relying on essentially one shape. They tried a few alternatives in the form of the 924, 944 and 928 but none of them gelled or won approval except from design purists and die-hard Porschophiles. When it came time to create the first generation Cayenne they simply stretched the 911 theme over the carcass of an SUV. It still sold because people who like bombastic, gaz-guzzling roadwhales don’t care about how their car looks.
Will that work for Tesla who, absent any kind of design history, have decided to smear the styling of the Model S (already derivative) over a cross-over package? Yes, crossovers are popular and electric cars have their takers (I want to rent one soon but can’t because Sixt are sold out); does that mean an electric crossover that looks like the X will be a success?
The USP is in what designers call the closures: falcon wing doors.
That looks very special. And I can only guess at the engineering effort required to make it all work. I wonder how many on the design team were thinking of Renault’s Avanttime when they were CADding this into reality.
As I have said before, the propulsion system of the Tesla is quite a sales draw. Perhaps to expect it to look as futuristic as a Citroen might have been is expecting too much. That said, I wish Tesla could have pushed the design envelope a bit further with this. In comparison the aforementioned Renault still looks like a space ship and the Tesla looks like a less-splendid Korean car from 2009. Or a hamster.
I still see this car as experiencing the Porsche problem, though without the five decades of baggage to justify it. Tesla will have properly matured when they can impose their own form language on their cars and do justice to the quite remarkable engineering intent underneath.