Tesla took the wraps off its next big thing last week—the Model X. It’s an all-electric crossover with ridiculous rear doors and enough horsepower to scoot from 0-60 faster than a Ferrari FF. And I’m majorly underwhelmed.
Here’s the thing: despite those crazy “falconwing” rear doors and the bioweapons-proof-but-not-really ventilation system, what Tesla is doing with the Model X is no more revolutionary than what every other automaker has been doing for the past 20 years: putting an SUV body on a sedan chassis and charging $5,000 more for it.
And that’s a disappointment, because up until now Tesla was looking like the most cutting-edge carmaker out there.
I’m not alone in this feeling. I spoke with car designers, auto industry experts, and more, and we all came away with the same feeling: the Model X isn’t revolutionary, it’s iterative. You can read all about why that’s a bad thing over at Road & Track.