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Seat configuration thoughts from a CANINE perspective

Discussion in 'Model X: Interior & Exterior' started by AudubonB, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

    Mar 24, 2013
    Oh boy, yet another doggie thread.

    As I wrote yesterday, we were able to get a 90-minute up-close-and-personal with a Model X yesterday. Another poster PM'd me about our specific thoughts regarding pooch-friendliness so I thought I'd share them with all.

    What seat configurations might work best if dogs are a consistent presence? For those of you who don't know, our kiddies are two Alaskan malamutes. One large and one enormous.

    Our thoughts:

    2-3-0. This has the advantage of nicely greater rear cargo room or, if when "3" is pulled forward, that's a fine great dog pen in the back and the dogs can enter/exit between those seats' backs and the edge of the doorway. It has the disadvantage of limiting your human cargo to 5 AND some person always is going to be the monkey in the middle. Also, that to-the-rear squeeze seemed awkward most particularly for the pawdicapped.

    2-2-2. This differs from the above by permitting dogs to enter from in front of the middle 2, then using the center passageway to get to rear. The great thing about all Teslas, from a canine perspective, is all that wonderful flat floor space. This configuration maximizes that. The downside is that when the rear two fold down, they necessarily diminish the amount of usable cargo....or dog Really roomy for four human passengers and acceptable for 6.

    2-3-2. I'd opt for this only if 7 humans fairly consistently would be in the car. Not for us.

    What we'd really like would be a 2-2-0 or even a 2-0-2 configuration. The latter will never be available, in my opinion and for a given definition of "never"; the former ought be permitted now but it does not appear to be in the near-term cards.

    Window open-ness and the wonderfully better vent locations get lots of dog-friendly points. The falcon-wing doors are an absolute blessing for dogs. Far, far better than a standard door configuration. Our host yesterday worried about his dog freaking out over the door descending hatch-style but not only did his dog accept it effectively immediately, it right away learned that "Ding!" means the door is about to close, meaning it's time to move to the center of the vehicle. I can't say how every dog would respond but am quite sure ours would so act. This is exactly how they respond when the Model S back hatch dings as it begins to close.
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  2. Rockster

    Rockster Active Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    McKinney, TX
    Thank you for this great information. If an X is ever to be for us, it must accommodate our 80 lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
  3. irishstoutaz

    irishstoutaz Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    Cave Creek, AZ
    Thanks for posting! Have the same impressions you did after our experience yesterday (was about 90 minutes as well :biggrin:)! Looks like we will be going with the 6 seat configuration and actually identical interior to what we both saw.
  4. BenT

    BenT Member

    Nov 16, 2015
    Adelaide, SA, Australia
    Surely there is nothing to stop you removing the second row of seats from a 2:2:2 configuration to make it a 2:0:2. Expensive maybe to get a 6 seater and discard 2 seats but not impossible.
  5. cutterboy

    cutterboy New Member

    Aug 21, 2016
    Los Angeles

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