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2014 Tesla Model X: Mysterious “Falcon Doors” May Lift Up, Fold

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2013 Tesla Model X crossover teaser

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Over the past few months, we’ve started to hear more and more about Tesla’s 2014 Model X -- the all-electric crossover SUV that will follow the 2012 Model S into production in year’s time. 

So far, everything has been positively enigmatic, but now clean tech specialist Theo O’Neill has shed more light on what financial analysts from Barclays called the Model X’s “falcon doors.”

O’Neill hasn’t seen the car in real life or ridden in it, but after seeing photographs, he’s pretty excited about how the doors operate. 

“The doors of the Model X lift up and fold -- like the wing of a bird,” O’Neill told Silicon Valley Mercury News. “You can walk right up to the edge of the seat. It’s the ideal solution for disabled children, or any parent who has to lean over to buckle a car seat.”

In other words -- if O’Neill is right -- the mysterious falcon doors are Tesla’s own twist on the classic gull-wing door usually reserved for crazy concept and expensive sports cars

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And while we haven’t seen them ourselves, it sounds from O’Neill’s description that Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] may have solved the number one problem with gull-wing doors -- namely that once raised, they make getting in and out particularly difficult in tight, spaces. 

With just over three days left until Tesla’s big unveiling event on February 9, Tesla is remaining tight-lipped about how accurate O’Neill’s description is. 

Sadly, like the scores of Tesla fans, shareholders and the automotive world, we’ll have to wait with baited breath until Thursday evening to find out more. 

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  1. I've often wondered why we don't see gullwing or scissor doors on anything other then super cars. Scissor doors would be great in tight parking spaces and look very cool, but I guess the more flashy a super car is makes it easier to justify their high six figure price tags.
     
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  2. I'm far more interested in seeing the entire car - the front that's been displayed makes me think that this will be a stunning vehicle.
    I think I remember Musk indicating that this car will attract a
    lot of attention. BUT.... I'm still waiting for von Holzhauser's
    sports car in a year or so.
     
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