Automakers learned early on that one of the easiest ways to make more money was to take an existing car, and alter it into something else. That’s how we got Model T trucks, the Chevy El Camino, and the seemingly endless variants of the Chrysler K Car. So it only makes sense that Tesla Motors should follow suit with its Model S sedan, and one independent designer has penned a Model S wagon that he thinks would fit the Tesla lineup well.
While the Tesla Model S already has ample storage room (and even two optional rear-facing jump seats in the trunk), a wagon version might appeal to larger families, and those who regularly haul a lot of stuff. Granted, Tesla is already working on the SUV-like Model X, but a Model S wagon could be a big selling point for some folks. Plus, Tesla could charge extra for it, lining their pockets with more profit. That was probably the plan for the Fisker Karma Surf, a plug-in hybrid wagon/shooting brake that we’ll probably never get to see. A Tesla Model S wagon stands a much better chance of being built these days.
It seems inevitable that Tesla will create other derivative models based on the Model S, though this particular piece was the work of Theophilus Chin, an independent car designer. We are fans of wagons, don’t get us wrong…but is a wagon really what Tesla needs, or are there better options? For our money, we’d like to see a two-door version of the Tesla Model S, perhaps with extra performance credentials. A wagon is fine and dandy…but coupes are where it’s at.