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If you've been closely following the story of the soon-to-be-revealed Tesla Model X, you are likely aware that the all-electric crossover is said to be quicker than a Porsche 911, offer more interior space than an Audi Q7 and come with all-wheel drive (at least as an option). Also, if the teaser image is any indication, it should be pretty damn sexy.

What you might not know is that the feature likely to garner the most initial attention are its unique doors. Specifically, "falcon" doors. While we suspect front passengers will gain entrance to the vehicle in the traditional way, the rear portals will be decidedly different. CEO Elon Musk intimated as much when he recently tweeted, "The most interesting view of the Model X is really with the doors open."

So, what are falcon doors? Having seen photos of the Model X, Theo O'Neill of Wunderlich Securities explains that they "lift up and fold – like the wing of a bird," pivoting from the top. Apparently, this will help the Model X achieve its "functionality of a minivan" mandate, allowing easy access to attend to child car seats and such.

Though we can really only begin to decide whether this configuration is a stroke of genius or too clever by half after the official reveal on February 9 at 8:00PM, we suspect some of you might already be forming opinions. Feel free to share with the rest of the class in the comments.


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      carney373
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish Tesla would stop wasting time and money on gimmicks like falcon doors and giant touchscreens, and focus on practical features for normal people. And if they are really interested in making a family-hauler, make a MINIVAN. "Crossovers" and SUVs are most often bought by people who stupidly think themselves too cool for a minivan, thereby spending more money for less safety for their children, while fooling NO ONE about their implied propensity to drive offroad.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carney373
        Well, cross-overs are the new minivan. Sorry, they are not as convenient to access the insides. But they significantly reduce the frontal areal and thus significantly reduce aerodynamic drag. I think the age of the mini-van is drawing to close and we are returning to the station wagon. But to hide fact of devolution, we have given station wagons a new name, the "cross-over".
          JeremyD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          '"Crossovers" and SUVs are most often bought by people who stupidly think themselves too cool for a minivan' Count me as one of those people, thanks. :) Minivans are just so 90s...
        carney373
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carney373
        Minivanns have sliding doors, which are by far and away the most convenient and unobtrusive way to get to an infant or child seat.
          JakeY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carney373
          @Actionable Mango Given that's a two row car, that's basically like eliminating the first row. Not exactly what I was envisioning (all three rows benefiting). Anyways, we'll see very soon how it's designed.
          Actionable Mango
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carney373
          Jake, Sliding doors can be used on the front as well. See Peugeot 1007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_1007
          JakeY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carney373
          Sliding doors mainly convenient the second row passengers. Apparently Tesla's design will allow easy access to the third row (better than sliding doors), and might also address the issue for the front row. We'll see very soon. As for the styling of a crossover vs a minivan, it really does matter. A lot of people want the convenience of the minivan (or more) without having to drive a minivan. If Tesla can really offer that, it opens up a big market. Tesla has always taken the path of least resistance in terms of styling/designing its vehicles. It's already hard enough to get people to buy an EV, no need to also get them to accept a very big styling change, change in vehicle class, or compromise in functionality (I think a lot of the failed EV companies failed for this reason).
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think a door which folds under the car as in this* video would further brighten Tesla's halo. * http://www.flixxy.com/high-tech-car-door.htm
        Joeviocoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        Interested to buy!
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        That "disappearing" rotary drop door has been around for a few years, but no auto maker has picked it up yet. Since it requires some space underneath the car, and that's where Tesla is putting their battery pack, I do not expect Tesla to be using that door style.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a take off on Gull Wing doors from the Merc 300SL, and later Lamborghini.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Depending on how they implement this it could be a solution to two of the biggest problems with lift-style doors (gull and pivot). The main problem with gull doors is that they cannot be used in tight spaces (unless you want to crawl out from underneath a partially open door). And the main drawback to pivot doors is the height issue for low-overhead spaces such as parking structures. If these doors flip up in a horizontal bi-fold fashion, then the height and side space issues may be addressed. And it may retain some of the overhead sheltering capability of gull doors in rainy weather.
        Antuan Goodwin
        • 3 Years Ago
        What's that about gull-wings not being usable in tight spaces? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UJ9H_ma3Bs
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      articulated doors are certainly bold and interesting but I would have preferred cost, weight and aerodynamics optimization myself. should be interesting but all too certain it will disappoint me.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        see, had you left put that last sentence, it probably would have rated better (I did not down vote, btw). Perhaps lower your exacting standards just a smidge. It will be all electric :), great performance :), not light weight, nor probably all that aero. The 'cheap' is relative. If it follows the Model S it will be priced to compete, without apology, with anything in its class. Don't get me wrong, I would like an affordable (for me, at least) EV, but that doesn't mean I cannot appreciate the value of things that are out of my price range.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Ergo, it will rate at least Two Happy Dans :) :)
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, Fisker has started laying off employees at the NINA plant in Delaware. Not good... hopefully just managing cash flow.
        JeremyD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        ""We have temporarily delayed work at the plant based on ongoing discussions with the DOE regarding funding for the Project Nina program," the company's statement said. "As a result, we have laid off 26 people."" How about these a-holes show us the damn NINA sedan already! Private investors get to see it even though the tax payer is CLEARLY providing a vast majority of funding for project NINA. Please explain how this is not total BS. Nothing but negative news coming from Fisker. Very disappointing... I am struggling to keep faith in Fisker and project NINA.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JeremyD
          +1; Tesla got tons of investment and private funding, where is the push for the Nina car.. better yet, what is the nina car in the first place again? :P
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        Really, LTAW? that was quick.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for this to come out: http://youtu.be/AAtkoje4-eM (folding doors by Jatech). I give credit to Tesla for finding a solution to the current problems with doors, which are hard to use in tight parking spots etc...
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        I give credit to Tesla for finding a solution to the current problems with doors, which are hard to use in tight parking spots etc.." The solution has been around for decades. Sliding doors, mini-van owners have enjoyed this benefit for years.
          Actionable Mango
          • 3 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Nick, While not common, sliding doors can be used as front doors. See the Peugeot 1007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_1007
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Sure, but sliding doors are not compatible with the front doors, only with the rear doors...
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Hi Nick That's an interesting link. It's true that doors haven't changed much since they were invented and I hope to see some innovation which actually provides some benefit. It seems to me at least as bold and risky as throwing a battery electric drive in a motor vehicle. I'm really looking forward to see what they have come up with.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          @nick Interesting observation. Maybe Tesla can be the Apple of cars... (which begs the question, why, o why, did Ford go to Microsoft for myfordtouch. They expected it NOT to be intuitive, not crash, and not be slow?)
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          It seems like Tesla is looking for innovation in all areas, not just electric drive systems. It's very refreshing considering that nearly all established carmakers will rather sell you the same old system with a new skin (because it's all about keeping costs low and short term profit).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Those are nice doors. They allow the convenience of sliding doors (perhaps even a bit better) even on cars with rears that aren't large enough for the door tracks. I wonder why they haven't already shown up on luxury cars. I'm not sure why standard minivan sliding doors weren't chosen for the Tesla X except maybe that they're an uncool minivan feature; I guess we'll just have to wait and see the falcon doors to find out if they're somehow better. The Mazda 5 is a wagon/hatchback with sliding doors, as an example of the realization of their practicality outside of minivans (or maybe the Mazda 5 is just a small minivan).
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          "Those are nice doors. They allow the convenience of sliding doors (perhaps even a bit better) " --> And they look incredibly futuristc !
      Finn Schoyen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not go for something that's tried and tested, like the Lamborghini chicken wing doors?
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