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THIS is a proper test mule

THIS is a proper test mule

Tesla's test mule preppers need to learn from this:

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-jaguar-f-pace-suv-spy-photos-news

vandacca | March 21, 2015

I'm not sure I agree. Due to the gaps around the doors, I think that Tesla has replaced the whole front and back/side panels with an older version. You're likely looking at something completely different than the final production model, so it is way more deceiving, in a much more subtle way.

Also, unless you had a good eye, you wouldn't even know its a Tesla and wouldn't give it a second look. When you have all those graphics, it draws a lot more attention from everyone.

aljjr2 | March 21, 2015

I agree that there are "panels" that don't fit well, which may be some added disguise. The front quarter panels (fenders) don't fit to the frunk cover nor around the headlights.

Not really sure what is going on with the wind shield.....

The good news there are test mules out and about. YEA

vandacca | March 21, 2015

@aljjr2, the windshield and moon roof are supposed to be (if leaked drawings are to believed) one integrated piece of glass. The test mules have them covered (poorly, I might add) to hide this feature.

For a better visual for what it might look like, check out this conceptual rendering:
http://indianautosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Tesla-Model-X-IAB-...

vandacca | March 21, 2015

Sorry, here is the imbedded image:

proven | March 21, 2015

You can also see the extended windshield in the original Model X reveal if you look closely.

carlgo2 | March 21, 2015

@vandacca I think you are right about the gaps. Something is up there. Different panels are the only answer that makes sense.

Really wondering about the high-brow windshield. It would need some sort of selective darkening to make this pleasant to drive without a hat.

I thought the Jag mule thing was funny, wasn't trying to be serious!

vandacca | March 21, 2015

@carlgo2, I would expect that the Model-X would have typical sun-shades and possibly even a screen that can be drawn to block out sunlight. Also, I would expect that there be a certain amount of tint in the glass and possibly even Smart Glass that would allow the driver to control the tint through a continuous range from clear to opaque.

Brian H | March 21, 2015

Yeah, Smart Glass sounds good.

proven | March 22, 2015

If you look at the x reveal video closely, you can see what looks like a structural beam under the glass where a normal windshield normally ends. That probably blocks some light and is where the sun shades are attached.