Tesla Model X Pays More Attention To Women’s Needs



Dudes love the techniness of the Tesla Model S, and as a dude, I totally get it. The big touchscreen, the 416 horsepower, the booming sound system; these are all features geared towards guys. The Tesla Model X will be more female-friendly, according to Elon Musk, and it will look even better than the 2012 concept car.

In his regular shareholders meeting, Musk took questions that inevitably turned towards the Model X, Tesla’s next big debut vehicle. Initial production is still slated to begin at the end of 2014 for “Signature” models, but full-scale production has been delayed until at least the second quarter of 2015. As I recently speculated, the undeniably cool falcon-wing doors are proving troublesome for the Model X design, and Musk wants opening the door to produce an audible “Wow!” from drivers. Not sure I get that one, but whatever.

Speaking of drivers, the Model X was undoubtedly conceived with women drivers (soccer moms in particular) in mind, and I can already see it being the hottest ticket among the Silicon Valley PTA crowd. Musk admits the Model S was a bit too “guy-centric”, and he’s hoping to “correct that” with the Model X.

So what has Tesla done to make the Model X more appealing to women, who prefer the Nissan Leaf to the Tesla Model S by almost a 2-to-1 margin? Musk wouldn’t talk specifics, though one feature everybody would find useful would be a more accurate range estimator. Less in-your-face technology with more practical uses would also help appeal to the fairer sex, and the Model X might also place less important on performance, and more on a comfortable riding experience. Regardless, Tesla already has more than 12,000 pre-orders for the Model X, meaning there’s a large chunk of people who don’t care about specifics; they just want a Tesla SUV.

As far as the production Model X looking “better”, we’ll just have to wait for the official unveiling to judge for ourselves.

Source: Autoblog Green


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  • Jason Carpp

    How about disabled drivers? How about those who use a wheelchair or power scooter? They need something to get around in.

  • one.second

    Really sexist in a “women don’t get technology anway” kind of way. But sadly women are probably still raised that way, so their assessment is maybe right .

    • Boris

      Wow, really? How about women get technology, but they just want to use it and not be super-excited about it every time they step in the car. My wife would sure like a Tesla (for mostly the same reasons as I would) but probably wouldn’t be talking about it with her girlfriends the same way I do (almost every day) with my guy friends, nothing sexist about that…

    • MarkRavingMad

      You know, it poses an interesting question. What is it that makes the Tesla not appeal to women in the same way it does to men? Whats more, can whatever male/female differences that explain this consistent difference of opinion be expressed in a way that is unable to be interpreted by anyone as sexist? This leads to the question of whether attempting to design a female-targeted or more-female-friendly car is inherently sexist? it’s a tough one to be sure.

  • Boosh Woggle

    this article is sexist crap. I am a chick and I love tech stuff. I can’t speak for old ladies tho, in which case it may be more of a generational issue not a sex issue. If Elon didn’t say anything specific about HOW the car would be more female friendly, and then the author of the article just starts making stuff up, it’s pointless. I have heard rumors that the X might have captain style swivel seats, which DO help women leave cars more gracefully if they’re wearing skirts. Perhaps this is what Elon meant, and not the sexist crap about how women don’t get technology.