Tesla X e-SUV to sport monster touchscreen on the dash
Gull-wing doors? 85kWh battery? Pah!
Car writers are focusing on the Tesla X's gull-wing doors, but it's the electric SUV's touchscreen-tastic dashboard that does it for us.
Like the Model S that the e-car company showed off at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the X will sport a 17in touchscreen as the basis of its control system.
Satnav, in-car entertaiment, car telematics - they'll all get space on the enormous display, seen here in Tesla's rendering of the X dash:
And there's a secondary colour LCD used to display drive information for the driver, you'll note.
Here's a snap of the same kind of dash layout in the Model S to give you a flavour of it in the real world:
You'll have to wait for the X, mind. In the US, it's not due to go on sale until 2014, by which time the Model S will be out in both the States and the UK - it's expected here next year, but ships in the US in April.
Tesla says the X will go into production in late 2013. It'll be offered with a choice of 60kWh or 85kWh battery, and in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
The X goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, Tesla said. Pricing will be in the region of $60,000 (£38,000).
Here are some snaps:
Touchscreen controls are a dreadful idea. You can't find the button/knob/switch you're after by feel, so you've no choice but to take your eyes off the road to stare at the thing. Then you hit a bump and your finger jumps across the screen. Before you know it instead of turning on the air con, you've gone and preset all your radio stations to Vanessa Feltz.
It stops and takes 12 hours to recharge.. but it gets to 88mph pretty quick..
Much as I love the look of gull wing doors they are no use here in Blighty.
Most house garages and car park bays seem to be based on average size of an original Mini (as a lot hark back to the 60's) I can see I'd be unable to get out of it once I'd parked unless I clamber in and out through the boot.