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Tesla Palo Alto Grand Opening Today - proto Model X on display!

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Here's a link to a TMC thread with photos...

Cool! If you go to the TMC thread, note that the new Tesla location is not the old FIsker location. Fisker was next door to Tesla, which is now occupied by Volvo.

As much as I love the design of our Model S, I just can't warm up to the X. In particular the interior looks out of place and the falcon doors look cool but they are totally impractical - the first day of rain or snow and people will hate them. The idea of a SUV is practicality - I don't see that at all with the Model X.

Hopefully, Tesla will prove me wrong on all accounts:-)

And there are six brand new Fisker Karmas in the parking lot behind the adjacent Walgreens. Pretty convenient for comparison to the Model S! I presume they are still for sale, as they have stickers from the Volvo dealership. But goodness, they are well hidden....

Was at the new Tesla Showroom in Palo Alto this afternoon where they had the Model-X prototype on display:

Model-X Prototype in the new Palo Alto Tesla Store

grr... Tesla Model X

hahaha Prasad you beat me by like 30 seconds.. well done! :)

david.cheney, thanks, couldn't resist ;-)

"the falcon doors look cool but they are totally impractical - the first day of rain or snow and people will hate them"

Well, I have owned a DeLorean for many years, so I can speak with some authority about gullwing doors. IMO, they are TOTALLY practical, especially in the rain. They form a kind of porch roof when open, making it much easier to get out and open your umbrella without getting you or the car interior wet. Also, contrary to what you might think, you can get out of the car with much less side clearance than with a conventional car.

I admit that i've never driven my D in the snow, so I cannot speak to that issue.

Why do you say that people will hate the falcon doors when it rains or snows? how it is different then driving a standard SUV in the rain/snow? I thought the doors actually act as an umbrella?

Yes I believe that's a new building, North end of the same parking lot that now holds Volvo (previously Fisker), which is next to the McLaren dealership - woo :)

Very nice. Thanks for the pictures.

Also 6 HPWC outside... in case your battery needs some refreshment.

It appears to have been a very successful opening. Anyone note if there were any 'on the spot' reservations taken?

+1 Kleist, those are on the South end.

I was told by a rep that the North end of the property will soon sport some supercharging stations - also 6, I think.

David - super chargers in the middle of Silicon Valley... that will be interesting. But what the heck build them where ever you can easily and learn the behaviour patterns.
I was there only briefly to take a personal look at the MX...

... Well I guess the x will have side view mirrors after all. Darn

David.cheny wrote: "I was told by a rep that the North end of the property will soon sport some supercharging stations - also 6, I think."

Maybe the rep was confused. I doubt that Tesla is putting any Supercharging stations on the SF Peninsula. Why would they do that?

I was at the opening today. Pretty busy, lots of interest in the X and lots of local Model S owners showing up. Quite a scene!

The white upholstery in the X was unusual. Note how the middle row of seats were black to contrast with the white first and third row of seats, emphasizing how the car offers three rows of adult-sized seating.

This is exactly the same Tesla Model X which I have seen at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. This car was one of the most important reasons for me personally to go to the Geneva Motor Show, although I enjoyed seeing lots of other cars as well. At the moment they are still working on it, and I sure do hope that the production version of the Tesla Model X will be ready when the 2014 Geneva Motor Show will start.

OMG I can't wait until our Model X arrives. Honestly the only thing I don't really like, is how the 17inch panel in the Model X looks less integrated than it does on the Model S. In the X, it looks like it is just stock onto the dash like an after thought.


At the TESLIVE event they said that the touch screen will be more integrated with the dash than what you see in the design prototype.

This looks exactly like the one they had in display at Santana Row right after they revealed the X. I'm guessing it is the one and only prototype they have right now.

Actually the tmc pics show a different interior so perhaps a new prototype. Anyone confirm any exterior styling changes other than side mirrors?

I was told by the rep that this is the only Prototype they have and that this is the only one that has been making rounds in various cities and various auto-shows.

That sure is a lot of doors... Shipping models are delayed into 2015, correct?

looks great!
and btw: I like the Falcon wing doors :-) I think that could be very practical solution.

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