Time for a Model X nose job?

Time for a Model X nose job?

There are threads going on the Model S topic about the grille/nose of the Model X and almost without exception most posters think that the grille/nose is the weakest point of the design and, in fact, looks 'cheap'.

Some have resorted to altering the colour/finish of the grille - matt black; coloured coded; chrome/reflective and so on.

Maybe it is time for Tesla to note this response as the Model X has a very similar nose.

I personally prefer the Model X design and like the apparently shorter nose but still feel that the proposed grille/nose lets it down in the same way as it does the Model S.

I realise that Tesla were going for a conventional look early on but surely Tesla acceptance is now strong enough for a (slightly) more radical design language?

What do other Tesla-maniacs and potential Model X owners think?!

GuyDormehl | 3 august 2013

Sorry my checking is poor - discussions on the Model S site re the Model S nose - not the Model X - obviously.....

Adam S | 4 august 2013

I like the nose on my MS. I also think it's smart for Tesla to stick with a design that people like rather than going for an "unconventional" look. I think that's been a major downfall of other players in the EV space. Look at the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Mitsubishi MiEV, etc. what do they have in common? They're all ugly. Tesla went with a more conventional look on purpose, and (for now) I think they should continue that. When they become a giant in the industry, them they can start playing around with their designs.

SUN 2 DRV | 11 august 2013

I think a conventional grille look would be fine. Unfortunately what they've got now looks like a fish gasping for air. I agree the nose cone is the least inspired part of the S/X design.

EVMD | 14 august 2013

I read all the reviews from magazines and most of the people agree that the nose look cheap and is ugly. You can be conventional, Maserati style, or Panamera style still. But Tesla due a price is a luxury sedan and the nose look cheap. Some companies are working in offering nose styles and I will jump buying one. The only reason I got the black model was bc the ugly nose blend with the car.

Tiebreaker | 19 august 2013

The nose cone discussion has been going on since the first MS Alpha was unveiled. I don't think Tesla lost any sales because of it.

Remember - CD of .24, makes for more range. A classic ICE grille would spoil that. No need to cool an ICE, no need for a grille...

Brian H | 19 august 2013

You mean "no need to cool an EV, ..." There is some need, but easily handled with Tesla's small venting.

mdemetri | 19 august 2013

When I first saw the nose of the Model S i did not like it, but after nearly 6 months of ownership, I love the nose and would not change it is any way.

I think this is another example of Elon knowing what we want before we know what we want!!

Tiebreaker | 20 august 2013

Brian H - I meant no need to cool an ICE in the MS, therefore no need for a grille. Yeah, the small vents do the job.

Brian H | 20 august 2013

Ah, ICE C.

Trainer04 | 21 august 2013

I love the MS design look and have ordered one. I do not like the MX look at all. It looks like the MINI overhaul that, IMO ruined the MINI iconic brand. I am sure TM can do better with the MX design to make it more unique and more SUV and less MS makeover!

RanjitC | 22 august 2013

I think that Holzenhauser (spelling?) needs to grow a pair and needs to get rid of that piece of plastic and go with the Porsche blunt nose with two side vents or a small lower vent which the Model S already has. Just saying! I hope someone at Tesla reads this stuff.

SUN 2 DRV | 27 august 2013

Interesting to note that Teslaccessories is working on an alternative nose cone for the Model S.

...scroll down a bit...

If that's successful they may consider doing one for the Model X too.

Brian H | 28 august 2013

Just a large raised X on the cone, corner-to-corner!

filsmyth | 28 august 2013

I see the faux grille on the S as a bumper area, guessing it's more resistant to scuffs and scratches than the paint. On the X it's a bit less convincing, being higher up, but still, this is a practical feature.

In the video of the recent shareholders' meeting someone asked if and when the S might get refreshed. Elon's answer was that this sort of thing is usually done by other manufacturers about every 3 years, and that we may expect some changes for model year 2015.

If I had anything to do with the changes, they'd bring it back toward the prettier Model S Alpha:

Brian H | 29 august 2013

Use width="600"

filsmyth | 29 august 2013

Yeah, sorry about that (or AM I?)... The images I copied the URL from looked quite small enough on the Google Image Search page.

At full size, though, you can't miss the differences.

Brian H | 29 august 2013

Can't see the car for the fenders.

EVMD | 30 august 2013

We are not talking about conventional vs unconventional look, the Tesla S nose is the ugliest on any car on this price, in fact I choose the black color just to hide it. It looks cheap. I don't understand is like Porsche Panamera, 99% of people thing it has an ugly rear and they won't change it, I hope Testa is not following the same route.

SHY | 25 september 2013

I would think the current Model S design (grille) is in order to have as low drag coefficient as possible. An "open" grille would induce drag.

I think it's quite nice actually. And it kinda reminds you that this is and electrical car, not one that needs air cooling of the radiator.

Brian H | 26 september 2013

There are radiators for the cooling system, fed air by vents under the bumper. Just not as large as an ICE needs.

PXChanel | 30 september 2013

Mr. Musk,

Please roll out the Model X ASAP. The longer you keep us waiting, the more time we'll have to criticize every inch of this car before we even see one in person. The car is amazing the way it is.

I often compare making a major purchase to choosing a wife, and criticizing the Model X for the next year + will be like the fiancé bachelor getting last minute jitters when "the grass is greener on the other side" thinking takes hold.

People who are not convinced they like the Model X could purchase another car from infinite options, just like there are more fish in the ocean...

Meanwhile Tesla stock jumped to $192 today as the market crashed...

Some people should never get married.

stewart.horner | 6 oktober 2013

I love these threads . And agree whole heatedly the nose cone is WEAK . And I'm saying that from a design perspective . I am a designer and have spent 20 years designing products for consumers . There are 2 great points to date in the above thread . 1 . It does look like a fish gasping for air !LOL . 2 the model S was designed to be familiar . Every major car manufacture with the exception of 2 VW and Porsche re following the large defining front grill trend Audi seem to have nailed this and in my subjective opinion have the best design offering. musk and Design team have done a great job in almost all areas with exception of the nose . Early concepts , alpha , beta , and even 1st production show a lack of clear vision on this. I know there are a few industrial designers out there reading this ( I know some of them ) who agree . tesla need to take a little more risk in this area. Familiar is great for middle tier / lower tier vehicles but premium cars demand premium design .
Premium design shows up and delivers on every level . Faux anything is superfluous . The design needs editing
MS.2.0 MX2.0 I think will evolve in this area.

Still getting my MS . The rest of the car compensates . Come on car / industrial designers out there take a stab at a new front end design .

Brian H | 6 oktober 2013

So design an aftermarket cone, and sell them!

dstiavnicky | 25 november 2013

I would simply prefer if the S and X didn't look as similar. If you take a picture of the S and stretch it a bit vertically, it looks like the X. The two vehicles will look identical in most rear-view mirrors...

Mark Z | 22 december 2015

During the cold December 2015 wait for Model X, looking through old topics and their content allow for some gems to be discover. This thread is one of them with timely advice as well:

@RanjitC: "...I hope someone at Tesla reads this stuff."

I think they did!

Enjoy this classic thread and the new Model X design that is being delivered across the country!

kittylitter | 22 december 2015

Nice find, Mark Z.

carlgo | 22 december 2015

I see Model S cars coming my way everyday and I think that grill is just ok, but look forward to seeing Xs every day and how they look. My preliminary observation is that based on photos the X looks more modern and think that the S will move in that direction within a year or so.

Remnant | 23 december 2015

Just look at i3! Would you like that?

Or look at the new Lexus fascia! Looks like a bruise by a giant boot kick in the nose of the poor Lexus. I don't think you would like that.

The plain look of the MX nose is modern, cool, and distinctive.

So, keep your own cool, you are OK. A radiator-looking fascia is no longer a real radiator, even in the ICE machines.

To have something desperately trying to look like a functioning radiator is no smarter than trying to generate ICE noise imitation in order to satisfy your nostalgia for the fumes and racket of those bygone times.

trmc47 | 23 december 2015

If you don't like the nose on the X look at what Saleen did to the nose on the S. Just do a search for the Saleen four sixteen. It is a modified Tesla S. I think Saleen has gone out of business so I don't think they will be bringing out a modified X but they certainly did a nice job on the model S.

Red Sage ca us | 23 december 2015
Shopaholic | 23 december 2015

Agreed. The MS front end is awful and cheap looking. The MX front end is tolerable but can be improved. Reminds me of 1960's Avanti !