The falcon doors disallow a traditional sliding moonroof by hogging the space over the second-row seats, where a moonroof would normally slide. So in lieu of moonroof, it seems Tesla will employ a mega-windshield extending up over the driver’s head. No wonder earlier mules had this roof transition carefully masked in white paper. All part of the strip tease.
This should make the X slip through the air like a blob of mercury flung across a freshly-waxed linoleum floor.
Will it have smart glass, which dims on demand, as seen in the SpaceX tour below? Other high-end marques — Lincoln, Mercedes, Cadillac — use it for some of their moonroofs. Imagine Model X with a precision dimmer control via the touch screen. Neat-O.
And notice something missing from EVERY MODEL X thus far? No windshield wipers, front or rear. Of course, those could be:
- Simply not attached yet.
Regarding the “mouth,” Tesla seems to have solved a design problem for electric vehicles, which goes like this: “We don’t need any front air intake, yet current auto design dictates an ever-more agape mouth.” Tesla solved the problem tastefully, as with the Model S, by using yer basic fakery.
So now that we see the Model X essentially nude, TeslaMondo sees admirable adherence to the concept Model X, and a reassuring family resemblance to the Model S. Tesla now has a design language. A “look.” And it works.