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Why couldn't the Model X be an eight seater?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by R o b, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. R o b

    R o b Member

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    Just as a random thought, to keep us amused in our wait for the X, why couldn't the Model X have three seats in the first and second rows? It appears to be a relatively wide car, doesn't have a transmission tunnel or gear lever to get in the way, so there ought to be the space for three seats. Wouldn't that be an interesting option for some? Or have memories of the Fiat Multipla ruined this option for ever?

    Apologies if this has already been discussed, but I spent a little time searching and didn't find anything.

    Robert.
     
  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    It probably simply wouldn't look good and seating 7 still isn't bad.
     
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    since the 3rd row is optional, will the 2nd row be a bench or 2 buckets, making it a 4 seater?!
     
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    The prototype had 3 seats in the 2nd row and 2 seats in the 3rd row. The base Model X will not be a 4 seater by default. You may be able to order that as an option similar to Model S (executive rear seats).
     
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    These days, most 3-rwo vehicles are two in the 3rd row to fit them between the wheels. For Tesla to fit 3 in the back row, the car would have to run higher, at a cost to aerodynamics.
     
  6. R o b

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    I'm suggesting two seats in the 3rd row, due to having to fit them between the rear wheels. However, the first row isn't between the front wheels so should have enough space for three seats, same as the second row.
     
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    Ahh. Yeah, 70s-style front benches are pretty much non-existent in the market these days. Not many people want to drive with someone that close to them.
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    A four-bunk in the frunk. That'll do it.
     
  9. R o b

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    That would be good, then we could sell our campervan when the X turns up. A double bunk in the trunk would do though.

    I suppose having three across the front would possibly not leave the driver with much elbow room. But I wonder if it would be possible to turn the central console into an occasional seat for those odd times when carrying seven isn't enough?
     
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    There's certainly plenty of space to do this, and making it a folding center console would probably work for most people.

    The one part I'm not sure about is crash requirements. You'd certainly have to arrange a shoulder belt, and might need a center airbag?
     
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    We could have a gorilla-glassed dome for the frunk seat. Think WWII bombers.
     

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