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OWNING A MODEL X: Mark Templeton's impressions!

Discussion in 'Model X' started by slyastro, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. slyastro

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    Mark Templeton is well known for his accomplishments in the software sector: he was the CEO of Citrix Systems from 2001 to 2015! But he is also a longtime Tesla fan … at such point that he received the 3rd Model X delivered. After more than 2 months of ownership, he shares his experience with the best SUV ever built!

    I've got his written permission to publish his pictures, videos and text.

    Here's the complete text, video and pictures access:

    OWNING A MODEL X: Mark Templeton's impressions!

    P.S.: I can't wait to get mine now !!!
     
  2. hobbes

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    Great, thanks slyastro! I think that´s what everyone has been waiting for, I remember even someone starting a thread titled "I´d kill for a video walkthrough"!
     
  3. Iwan

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    Nice one. These things make waiting for it a little more bearable [emoji854]. And my favorite color!
     
  4. scottf200

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    From another thread yesterday.

    Mark Templeton -- https://www.facebook.com/mark.templeton.397
     
  5. Buddyroe

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    Looking at the picture of the S and the X together, I just can't see much difference. I love them both, but I'm not sure what makes the X an SUV. It still looks like a sedan to me - albeit, a big one.
     
  6. 30seconds

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    I believe that's the argument Subaru has been claiming for years.

    For many it is a simple as higher seating position, three rows of seating, AWD and not a station wagon.
     
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    And I'd add the following to what 30seconds said: "... and not a minivan."

    With that said, I think the older designation of "SUV" is probably not as accurate as the newer "CUV" (crossover). It's getting harder and harder to classify cars (just like in the music industry: is it rock? pop? alternative? grunge? Aren't all of those some variation of Rock 'n' Roll?).

    When I preordered mine, AWD was not available on the Model S and my family was expanding. So I saw the X as having higher people moving capacity and also AWD. I was never looking to tow anything or haul anything. So this is basically a luxurious, eye-catching, performance-oriented minivan that lets me be the soccer dad I always aspired to be. I always joked that I'd buy a minivan if Ferrari made one. But it seems like Tesla beat them to the punch with something much cooler that speaks to my technophile and increasingly environmentally aware heart.
     
  8. aija SigX 649

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    The X is being marketed as a crossover (CUV) - falls somewhere between an SUV and sedan (..and minivan - can't believe I just said that out loud). This is why it's so appealing to someone like me. It has all of the characteristics of a sports sedan, but with more headroom, more comfortable seating for more adults, and greater hauling capacity!
     
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    When I finally get one, that's what it will be. Blue exterior, black interior but six seats. What a beautiful car!
     
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    With a few rare exceptions, these days an SUV is just a minivan for people who are too embarrassed to buy a "minivan."
     
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    I would agree on the whole to this, except for the fact that there are so few AWD minivans on the market these days (I think the Sienna is the only one offering that option). Back in the mid-2000s GM did offer their minivans with AWD, but they were of such poor quality, it's not surprising that a lot of owners went the Tahoe/Yukon/Suburban route if they needed AWD. I don't believe Ford or Chrysler ever offered an AWD minivan (although, the new T&C supposedly will have this option).

    Therefore, it's hard to say that everyone who buys an SUV is just too embarrassed to buy a minivan when a lot of people require AWD and there just aren't that many options of an AWD minivan out in the market. Maybe that's because companies did research and came to the conclusion it wasn't worthwhile because so many people are embarrassed to buy a 'minivan', but at this stage, those who require AWD are pretty much forced into an SUV/CUV.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. First substantive comments and photos by a real owner that I have seen. The car looks even better than I expected! I had not expected to be interested in one, but now...maybe when the Model S lease runs out!
     
  13. gjunky

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    I didn't see it in the description but there are some questions about the ventilated seats being bottom cushions only or also including the backs. Perhaps Mark, if you are seeing this, you can shed some light on this
     
  14. madodel

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    Before I bought my Highlander Hybrid in 2008 we had a Chrysler Town and Country and before that a Plymouth Grand Caravan both of which had AWD. Chrysler stopped making the AWD option at some point which was why I went with the Highlander. Not sure if AWD was an option in the Toyota Sienna then but I also wanted the hybrid then so maybe I just never looked at it. Been very happy with the HH, but am looking forward to the Model X as I want a complete EV, not the overly complex half measure of the hybrid. I wonder if Tesla might consider a Mini-van version at some point. Both my HH and the mini-vans seated 7, but my X is configured for just 6. I never really needed the 7th seat anyway. The one thing I miss is the cavernous storage of the mini-van, but it gives up aerodynamics.
     
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    That's a good point, but do many people truly require AWD? I know a lot of people want it, but given that AWD is we know it today is a fairly recent invention and people mostly got by fine in the many decades before, it doesn't seem like it would actually be a hard requirement.
     
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    Are cars even a hard requirement? People got along fine with horses for thousands of years...and by just using their feet for millions of years.

    Different people have different requirements. One of mine is AWD.
     
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    What colour are you going to get? I really LOVE that blue myself.
     
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    Despite rumors to the contrary, this Tesla Model X in one video in fact, did in fact have a nice rack.
     

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