Someone had a potential Model Y sighting in the Bay area at a test track. Here is the photo
And the enhanced version
Crash tests, and fit/finish issues aside, do they really have the same amount of stuff as a ICE powered car? Probably not.
Anyway prototypes of the Model X were some really odd looking lifted Model S cars back at the time.
Last edited by Ark6; 03-14-2019 at 12:48 PM.
I really have no other expectation aside from this, although curious its why I'm not really going out of my way to search for the reveal.Yeah, I'm expecting a slightly shrunken Model X profile with Model 3 front end styling. Not what I would consider ideal.
Yep, it's going to look like a taller Model 3 with (I predict) a liftback body style. No surprise so far ...
Even in the mainstream auto industry, engines and transmissions are used on multiple models and/or carried over from previous models, so most of the time that's not really what the real world testing is about.
Zapping the squeaks and rattles and wind noises, fine tuning HVAC performance for all plausible conditions and altitudes and multiple driver preferences, ensuring that the seats remain comfortable for hours with drivers doing what they really do while driving, suspension fine-tuning for conditions outside of those seen in the controlled environment of the test track, are all things that require real world operation in real world conditions.
You'll never find out what happens when the car is buried in snow and subjected to freezing rain and driven through slush, until you do it for real. Can you still open the doors? Does accumulated slush and snow interfere with suspension or braking? Will the air dam or underbody shielding survive being driven through a snow bank? etc.
IIRC the Model 3 has an issue with the trunk lid trapping water and then dumping it into the trunk when opened under certain conditions; evidently Tesla never caught that.