Tesla Model X pulls 250,000 pounds of muck from Boring Company tunnel
Tesla has finally introduced fold-flat seats in Model X with the 7-seat configuration, joining the 5-seat option as the other configuration designed to maximize interior cargo space.
The new fold-flat seat design replaces Model X’s “floating” second-row monopost base with a more traditional sliding frame mount. Tesla’s gorgeous monopost design allowed each seat to adjust individually while also providing ample under-seat storage. But despite the advanced design, Model X received criticism by owners over its lack of fold-flat second-row seats. Because of this, Model X had arguably less useable cargo space relative to the Model S trunk when back seats were folded down.
Model X offers three types of seating configuration
Joining Model X’s fold-flat second-row design, previously only available in the five seat interior option, is the redesigned seven seat option available as a $3,000 upgrade. A six seat interior is also available on the Model X which foregoes the center seat in the second-row for either open space or an optional center console.
“Maximize passenger and cargo capacity with seating for seven adults. Second and third row seats can fold flat when not in use, creating extra interior cargo space.” reads the description for Tesla’s optional seven seat interior for Model X.
New photos published by Tesla show the expansive cargo capacity of the Model X with the split 60-40 seats individually folded down while still serving as a seating option in the second-row. With the second and third-row folded completely flat, Model X has an unprecedented 88.0 cubic feet of interior cargo space, besting the 58.1 cubic feet of cargo space found on its sibling Model S premium sedan.
Here’s how Tesla’s Model X cargo space compares with other luxury SUVs within its class.
Tesla Model X – 88.0 ft³ 2017 Volvo CX90 – 85.7 ft³ 2017 Audi Q7 – 71.6 ft³ 2017 BMW X5 – 66.0 ft³ 2017 Volkswagen Touareg – 64.0 ft³ 2017 Porsche Cayenne – 62.9 ft³ In addition to the new fold-flat seat design for the seven seat interior, Model X was recently named the safest SUV ever after being awarded a perfect 5-star rating by the NHTSA. According to Tesla, people inside a Model X have a 93% chance of walking away from an accident without serious injury. Model X’s safety rating is the second highest on record, behind only the Tesla Model S.
A Chinese security research group has hacked a Tesla for the second time.
Keen Security Lab at Chinese tech giant Tencent exploited the popular Model X “holiday show” easter egg, turning on the brakes, opening the trunk and doors, and adjusting the lights to blink with the music streaming, through a remote hack.
The company first hacked a Model S last September — accessing the brakes in a similar fashion — and Tesla subsequently issued fixes to try and beef up its security regiment.
“We informed Tesla of the vulnerabilities we found last year and they corrected them. This year our research found new vulnerabilities and we were able to reproduce the same remote control of the car,” said Sen Nie, lead researcher for the car hacking team at Keen Security Lab.
Nie also said the hack was not easily replicated and that Tesla vehicles are not any more vulnerable than other vehicles on the road.
Tesla has said that it encourages this kind of research so that it can enhance security features in its vehicles. Apparently no Tesla customers have been affected by the new security exploit.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has expressed concern about Model S, X and 3 hacking in the past. At a National Governors Association meeting earlier this month, Musk said that Tesla was working hard to ensure that its vehicles were impervious to cyber penetration.
The EV mogul joked about if a hack one day led to all autonomous Teslas driving to the state of Rhode Island.
“I think one of the biggest concerns for autonomous vehicles is somebody achieving a fleet-wide hack,” Musk said. “If someone was able to say hack all the autonomous Teslas, they could say — I mean just as a prank — they could say send them all to Rhode Island and that would be the end of Tesla and there would be a lot of angry people in Rhode Island.”
The need for heightened cyber security will certainly grow alongside the company as the Model 3 reaches full-scale production. In the meantime, security research hacks will hopefully expose all the holes that need to be addressed to protect Teslas and their drivers.
By Guest Nicole
A fun, quirky perk about owning a Tesla is that you can always look forward to a new Easter Egg.
In the past, Tesla owners have been able to turn the car shown on their infotainment screen into the the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 from the James Bond movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me." They've also been able to virtually drive down "Mario Kart's" rainbow road.
Now, Model X owners can trigger a Christmas light show by holding the "T" button on their infotainment screen and entering the code "holiday." Doing so will prompt the Falcon Wing doors to swing open and a light show set to the tune of "Wizards in Winter" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra will begin:
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