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Speculation: Model X five seater is missing a panel to hide seat bottoms?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by AnxietyRanger, Dec 20, 2016.

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  1. AnxietyRanger

    AnxietyRanger Well-Known Member

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    We have all been surprised how unfinished the Model X five seater seat bottom area looks like with cables showing etc. We also know that the five seaters delivered have so far been delayed for side panel parts and delivered also without the rear storage compartment cover.

    But I have to wonder if this area isn't also missing a panel (perhaps easily removable one) that would normally cover the seat bottoms as well as stop things from falling from the storage compartment to under the rear seat. This part could make the overall design a bit better/more finished looking.

    There of course has been video of Model X five seater with the storage compartment cover in place (www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIUla7yVaxI), but that looked unfinished (a factory demo?) with missing leather loop for the storage compartment cover and possibly missing that rear panel as well, so it can not be considered definitive.

    Compare these photos of a delivered five seater, its odd parts in the corners (circled red) and this blown/lit up Design Studio image showing a panel in that area with side slants that could fit the parts circled in the photos? (The dimensions on the Design Studio images have been wrong on seat placement so don't worry about that IMO. The seat in Design Studio is obviously photoshopped too far forward.)

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    Photos: Tesla Design Studio and rpskanter Model X 5 Seat Deliveries
     
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    yikes, that bottom area with all the wires sticking out looks like my dads old nissan minivan.
     
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    It looks bad even by Tesla standards, which is one of the reasons I speculate it is actually missing a panel that may come later.

    Originally I thought the vertical panel might be a part of the storage compartment cover (that is also missing still), but now I think it could be a separate part that attaches to or around the black plastic parts circled above...
     
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    This just in... panels...

     
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    I would actually like to see that panel reach all the way up to the underside of the removable floor panel, thus helping to support it and also completely hiding the folded 2nd row seat. I thing that would help give it a more finished look as well as sealing the cargo area from the underside of the seat.

    I can't really see why that vertical panel would ever need to be removed. If you ever needed to carry something longer, you would just let it go over the seat.
     
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    I would actually expect it to do exactly that. My doodlings of course just give a rough idea, so don't take them too literally. I think if this panel exists, it will reach the underside of the removable floor panel and indeed be the primary support for it as well.
     
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    The back row of my 6-seater looks similar when I don't have the false floor in the topmost position.
     
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    Here is roughly where I envision the panel:

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    @ohmman: Fair enough and good point.

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    I'm not saying that's how it should be, I'm just saying both builds need something. I envisioned not a panel, but a flexible piece of carpet or other material sewn to the bottom of the seatback and to the floor below it. It would fold a bit when in the upright position, but I think it'd do the job of covering the seat covering material. I worry about something poking through from behind.
     
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    By missing panels, the DS made it sound like it was the "floor" panels covering the wells rather than a vertical panel to hide the unfinished look referenced in the above annotated pictures.
     
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    I agree, but there's a lot more seat plus legs plus wiring and whatnot behind the folded 2nd row seats. It should be hidden.
     
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    ohmman: I wonder if no obvious forward ledges for the storage compartment floor cover suggests that a hard-enough panel must be missing?

    Here is where I envision the floor cover will sit on top of it:

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    Thank you for the added info.

    To clarify, I speculate there would be two panels missing: one vertical as well as the obviously expected horizontal floor cover above it.
     
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    You're exactly right. Without some support on the forward edge, that floor panel is going to deflect under any kind of load. There's no material that's reasonably available that wouldn't. Although it's possible they could attach a stiffener under the panel itself, but then you might not be able to use it in the lower setting and it would also be a pain to store since it wouldn't be flat anymore. Not to mention that that solution would do nothing to hide all the mess on the back of the 2nd row seats.
     
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    #16 AnxietyRanger, Dec 20, 2016
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    If you look at the video mentioned in the first post (a factory yard pre-production sample?), you see how unfinished the storage compartment cover looks like.

    While it sits flush, there does not seem to be anything substantial supporting it on the forward end (only the curvature of the side panels?).

    Even the guy laying on it is careful not to put any pressure on the storage compartment floor piece (which looks unfinished with missing leather loop compared to Design Studio as well as off-color). This seems intentional on his part, because it can be seen on many points in the video.

    This could support the idea that a vertical support (and covering) panel is missing.

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    I'm starting to have real concerns about this two layer arrangement. I just don't know how much weight those panels will be able to take. Or those tiny brackets that support them. I wish someone would take a photo of the whole cargo area with the panel at the back also set to the lower level. I don't remember seeing a photo like that. I think that may be the only reliable way to use this cargo area.
     
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    If by panel at the back you mean the old 6/7 seater trunk panel height set to lower on a 5 seater, I agree it would be a nice photo to see.

    I guess it is possible the new 5 seater forward part of trunk storage compartment cover has only one height it can be placed on (plus removal from car).
     
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    Just stop my delevry process because of that, anyone know if they found a solution or when this part will be availible?
     
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    Seems to be confimed now (to some extent anyway):

     

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