Overlooked Model X Features (update2)

Overlooked Model X Features (update2)

Here are some nice minor features that we discovered while looking over Elon's Model X at the release event.

Four tie-down hooks in the trunk area
Lower trunk has a cover (like the Model S) and is deeper than the Model S
When the hatch closes, it hides items in the trunk area
All 7 passenger positions have their own adjustable vent
Front trunk wider than Model S (about 45" near the windshield)
Front seatbelt attachments have a height adjustment
Center row has two pop-out cup holders
Two USB ports for center row passengers
Includes two sun shields for the windshield
Running 7.0 software
Update 1
Lighted Vanity Mirror on visor
All four doors have storage
Falcon Wing doors are larger than opening, should shield you from rain
Falcon Wing doors will not bump into adjacent X that is also opening at the same time (they talk to each other)
Update 2
The center 2nd-row seat has an insert that folds out for use as a armrest
Button on the back of the 2nd row seat moves the seat forward. Easy to reach by 3rd row passenger or when Falcon door is open, and reaching in from outside
Third-row seats include two cup holders
Third-row seats are independent (one can be left up, another folded down)
Third-row headrests fold down (for when the seats are laid down flat)
Sensor on bottom of Falcon door prevents closure on top of someone
Button near bottom of Falcon door makes it easy to close
Rear hatch bottom connection latch area has a clever little metal cover that flips up to hide the connection well
For a more complete list:

buickguy | 30. September 2015

Glad you could attend, even if I wasn't any help in getting you there! Other threads have said 7.0 is not yet in place. Please clarify.

grant10k | 30. September 2015

When the hatch closes, it hides items in the trunk area << What does that mean?

The rear hatch has a window. Surely anything visible with it open will still be visible with it closed.

Tropopause | 30. September 2015


logicalthinker | 30. September 2015

The sun visors click magnetically into place

SoCal Buzz | 30. September 2015

@teslatap / logicalthinker, thanks for the updates. I'm curious if the sun visors are large and configurable enough to cover sufficient open glass that extends over the front row? Glad to hear about the 2-row cup holders. Did you happen to notice if there are any support handles above the front / rear doors to assist passengers with entry and exit? | 30. September 2015

@buickguy - I checked the car, and it was running 7.0 software. It may not be ready for the Model S yet and/or Tesla may have a different release schedule for the Model S v7.

@grant10k - There is a small 8-12" parcel shelf like attachment to the hatch. When the hatch closes it covers the storage area. Simple but elegant.

@SoCal Buzz - I saw the visors, but didn't get a chance to play with them (lots to look at and many people wanting to sit in the car too). The top 24" or so of the windshield is highly tinted.

I did not notice any grab handles anywhere. It's possible I missed it, but I don't think so.

thevangoghs | 30. September 2015

One item on the list is wrong I believe....It says lighted door handles pop out. I noticed and then confirmed with a Tesla employee that the handle does not pop out. The door automatically opens. The handle is just for show?

JeffreyR | 30. September 2015

Huh? Is it just a glorified decoration or does it at least act as a button? You know, you press it to open if you are outside trying to get in and the driver has the touchscreen on something other than controls. Then again, you would want to be able to "lock" them so someone could not just get in whenever they want.

Any other details?

Tâm | 30. September 2015


Very good observations on the non-popping door handles.

That means there's another mystery: if all handles are all flushed, how can you manually grab a handle to open any doors?

thevangoghs | 30. September 2015

You probably saw the video from the launch that when the fob is closing in on the car, the driver side door automatically opens itself..not just unlocks but opens its self, then allows the driver to get in and then closes itself...My guess is that either the driver cause the passenger door to open or it might be touch activated....or, like other things on the test cars at the launch, they are not yet released/production ready (like the middle seat center console for the 6 seat option) - I really wanted to configure mine with that but was told its not (yet?) available...

Tâm | 30. September 2015


V7: All there reported the same.

Red Sage ca us | 30. September 2015

SoCal Buzz: One of these videos shows a good interior shot looking out of the windshield with the sunvisors in place:

The Verge -- Tesla Model X First Drive (2:46)

TechCrunch -- Tesla Model X Test Drive (1:46)

EVino | 30. September 2015

Did you notice if all the ultrasonic sensors are the new hidden type that Elon mentioned or are the tell-tale cutouts still on some parts like the bumper?

carlk | 30. September 2015

I read in one of those articles where journalists got access to demo cars that front doors pop open a few inches when you touch the non-handle. Then you can grab somewhere (?) to open it.

jandvig | 01. Oktober 2015

Notice from the video by The Verge at 2:20: Folding middle 2nd row seat! Makes for an excellent compromise since you now have an armrest and long items like skis and surfboards can easily be slid through the middle if needed.

johnse | 01. Oktober 2015

I don't think that's a folded middle seat. Other pictures and articles have shown that they were using the 6-seat configuration in some of the press cars, and they had a center console between them. One article (forget which one) said that the design guys are still fiddling with the design of that.

jandvig | 01. Oktober 2015

You may be right. It'd surprise me if tesla shouldn't make this an option, though. It would make all the sense i the world to have that middle seat fold. The back of the seat could feature armrests and potentially a buckle/latch to attach a cargo carrying compartment (kind of like the push through ski-bags found i other vehicles, only sturdier). I get that not folding the two outermost seats allows child seats to stay in place, but that middle seat doesn't have latches for the child seats and thus should be able to fold for maximum flexibility. Come on TESLA - make it happen!

Ankit Mishra | 01. Oktober 2015

It will happen (my guess). Folding seats might be introduced at some point in near future. But there lack of won't be stopping X from selling like crazy (my guess, I maybe wrong).

rbaker2 | 01. Oktober 2015

Did you notice if there are hooks to hang a suit jacket or a clothes hanger? The ONLY thing I don't like about my Model S is the absence of those hooks (no pano roof, so I can't buy after-market).

Bob | 01. Oktober 2015

@EVino "Did you notice if all the ultrasonic sensors are the new hidden type..." The bumper sensors look to be normal visible sensors. I think only the door sensors are the new type. Remember the bumper sensors need to go out to 16 feet, the falcon door might need detection for 12" or less.

@rbaker2 "Did you notice if there are hooks?" I did not see any. I might have missed it, but I'm 90% sure there were none.

vperl | 01. Oktober 2015

Ok, Yes you can get Ludicrous, but when will "PLAID" be available ?

johnse | 01. Oktober 2015

At the Ludicrous announcement, Elon said that Maximum Plaid is reserved for the next Roadster.

vperl | 01. Oktober 2015

I got cheated. Want plaid, and I will stamp my feet till it happens.

Whoops, just kidding, children.

jordanrichard | 01. Oktober 2015

So, to open the FWDs one just touches the handle? I may be wrong, but my thinking is that there has to a handle that pops out. How are emergency responders to quickly open the doors to get people out?

Tâm | 01. Oktober 2015


Because of familiarity to Model S, we automatically transfer that knowledge to Model X and assume their door handles should work the same way.

So far, in person and on films, I haven't seen any evidence of touching Model X handles to open front or Falcon Wing doors.

I thought both FOBs should work the same so I didn't ask questions or ask for a demo. I guess I should not Assume!

danej | 01. Oktober 2015

>So, to open the FWDs one just touches the handle? I may be wrong, but my thinking is
>that there has to a handle that pops out. How are emergency responders to quickly open
>the doors to get people out?

I believe they just press the handle. Remember, the door release on the both the Model S and Model X is entirely electronic. On the Model S, you press to get the handles to pop out (or they pop out when you approach), then you "pull" to trigger the switch to release the door. But that release is not a conventional one like a mechanical door handle on a typical car, it's just a button, the only difference is your pushing it or pulling to activate the button.

If the handle is out of service due to an electronic failure, whether it's the Model S or X, emergency responders would need to pop the window.

-Dane | 03. Oktober 2015

Bump for new additions! | 03. Oktober 2015

@TeslaTap: thanks for providing information that Tesla Motors is too dysfunctional to publish now that the X is in production. Not a perfect company. I hope they can hold it together long enough for me to get my X...

Red Sage ca us | 03. Oktober 2015

Someone here shared this really nice video in another thread:

Tesla Model X Vanity Mirror (0:12)

aesculus | 03. Oktober 2015

I noticed some tiny speakers down by the bottom of the seats on the floor. Are those on the MS too?

Tâm | 03. Oktober 2015


Model S speakers at dashboard, A pillar, 4 doors, hatch back, and right rear:

I would love to have subwoofers at the bottom of the seats so I can feel the vibration of bass notes.

aesculus | 03. Oktober 2015

No. These were about 2" in diameter and right near the edge of the tracks if I remember. They had metal grills on them like speakers. They just looked weird and that is what caught my attention.

Mark Z | 04. Oktober 2015

Towards the end of this short video you will see an armrest in the center seat.

Additional videos are in a continuous loop, so take time to enjoy them. Click the FF button to skip the protected videos. Original link from TMC:

Tâm | 04. Oktober 2015

Would someone care to comment on the 17" central display position?

The prototype had it rise up above the dash:

The current one is positioned the same way as the Model S's, indash:

I like either way, but what's the rationale for sticking to the same familiar setup as the Model S's?

Does rising up obstruct view or awkward angle of vision, hand...?

Red Sage ca us | 04. Oktober 2015

Mark Z: +42! Thanks a lot for the link to the playlist!

Tâm: I think the prototype may have had a 19" screen. Making the screen for Model X the same as Model S allows for better inventory control. Also, reviews of propped up extra screens on other cars released since 2012 have not been very positive. Better to make it integrated, I think.

SMinnihan | 04. Oktober 2015

Silly question, but if in an accident and X flips, how do you get your kids out of back seat? | 04. Oktober 2015

@SMinnihan - The likelihood of a rollover in the Model X is far lower than most cars due to the super-low center of gravity. If you do the impossible and flip it, it's hard to see it remaining upside down. It is far more likely to come out on the wheels so that everyone can easily get out. If you somehow remain upside down, you could roll down windows (or in this case roll up?) and/or get out through the front doors. | 04. Oktober 2015

@Tâm - More likely cost and time to delivery factored into the change from a 19" floating display, to using the dashboard from the Model S. With so many other items to design, and no real complaints about the Model S dash, it seemed natural to just continue to use it. Likely we will never know the full story. | 04. Oktober 2015

Just added more 'undocumented' features for update 2!

vandacca | 05. Oktober 2015

I never liked the jutting screen in the 2012 prototype, it felt like it wasn't well integrated into the console. I much prefer the newer design, looks more stream-lined and elegant (to my eyes anyway).

pgeerlofs | 05. Oktober 2015

Back to issue of front door handles: I played with these at the event. If you aren't using the automatic opening feature, you can push in one end of the handle and the door electrically pops open. In "manual" mode, you pull on the inside edge of the door to get it to open. With people around I couldn't test, but I suspect if you give it a little nudge it will open all the way by itself. This worked for closing. Give the wide open door a gentle push and it arcs closed and latches itself.

The FW doors on Elon's car remained open so I couldn't test the back handles. I'm betting it works the same way. Push in on one end of the handle, activating a switch.

Tâm | 05. Oktober 2015


Sounds like Model X does not need simulated shiny-non-protrudable door "handles".