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Longer wheelbase article.

Longer wheelbase article.

So I found this article (http://www.thestreet.com/story/11971971/1/texas-supersized-update-on-tes...) on the internet about how Tesla has decided to make the wheel base longer as well as the back be more squared off to better compete with Detroit's SUVs. Now I don't know the validity of this article and haven't seen any official word from Tesla or Elon, but I really hope this is true. I'm just posting this to see what others think as well as what new features they would like to see, what features they wouldn't, and what questions you guys have, because I know I have plenty.

Alex K | 11 July 2013

@newellcoaches14… | JULY 11, 2013: Tesla has decided to make the wheel base longer as well as the back be more squared off to better compete with Detroit's SUVs.

Tesla has decide no such thing. This is just speculation/wishful thinking on the author's part.

ian t.wa.us | 11 July 2013

There seems to be quite a bit of speculation in that article. Yikes!

I wouldn't expect much change at all from the prototype we've seen.

shop | 15 July 2013

@Alex, oh, so do you have word from Tesla that Tesla hasn't decided to increase the wheelbase and square off the back?

Alex K | 15 July 2013

@shopM/b> | JULY 15, 2013: @Alex, oh, so do you have word from Tesla that Tesla hasn't decided to increase the wheelbase and square off the back?

No, I haven't. But my comment was directed at the certainty of the wheelbase being increased and other such speculation. We won't really know all the design decisions until the Model X actually rolls off the assembly line (or soon before that).

After having attended TESLIVE last week and looking at a Model X in person, seeing the previous Model S prototypes and taking a factory tour, I doubt Tesla will make radical changes to the Model X design. The Model X is still a very large vehicle as it stands. It has allot of ground clearance and allot of storage space - even with the AWD.

Brian H | 15 July 2013

Cramer? Hmmmm.

shop | 15 July 2013

Well, it would have been nice if someone at TESLIVE actually asked if the X is going to be the same as the prototype or not. Frankly, most of the questions Elon received were pretty lame, IMHO.

I also have seen the Model X prototype and the raked hatchback reduces storage space considerably. And adults are NOT going to feel comfortable in the third row as currently designed.

Brian H | 23 July 2013

If Tesla is brave, it'll make both: the X and the XX. ;)

Alex K;
allot = assign, apportion
a lot = many, much

Vawlkus | 24 July 2013

Brian: just so long as they don't make a Model XXX :P

shop | 24 July 2013

XXX - Is that the stretch limo version?

Brian H | 24 July 2013

The PartyTime Tesla.

ian t.wa.us | 24 July 2013

Or the Vin Deisel model! ;-)

Steven K. | 31 July 2013

I would welcome any new Tesla designs. I want a Tesla SUV, but I am still not sold on the MX. I am much more partial to the MS design, but I need the storage space and ground clearance for family trips across the mountain passes of the Pacific Northwest (not to mention AWD, so I don't have to stop and chain up to be legal to cross on heavy snow days if I so desire). A larger MX...why not? Bring it on Tesla! Just please preserve the uniqueness of your designs and don't make it look like a minivan -don't think I really have to worry about that, though.

bent | 1 August 2013

When I started reading that article my first thought was that it was a bit of fine satire, but then it didn't really follow through and in the end I was convinced the author was actually trying to write a serious article. I concluded that instead of satire it was just more FUD.

Changing the wheelbase would, if am I not mistaken, mean moving away from the Model S skateboard platform and having a common platform has always been touted by Tesla as a great advantage. I don't see this sort of change happening at all. Too costly, too high risk, too different from what has been said before.

Tiebreaker | 23 August 2013

We need a Model XY for the testosterone...

Brian H | 23 August 2013

The wheelbase can be fiddled without altering the pack.