Tesla Model X Sun Visor Design: Expert Opinions Divided on Ingenuity and Excessive Complexity

Tesla Model X’s sun visor design appears quite complex and car experts are divided on their opinion as to whether to be thrilled at the ingenuity of the design or remonstrate on the need for such excessive complexity for such a simple element in an automobile.

The sun roof of the new Tesla Model X meets the windshield’s top part thereby leaving no space to fit sun visors in the typical place or manner. To overcome this space constraint, designers of the Tesla Model X seem to have worked overtime and have created sun visors that are fairly complex.

Tesla Model X Sun Visor Design

The sun visors are fitted into the A pillars with one end mounted on a hinge that can move in multiple directions by pivoting up and down or swinging in and out. The other end of the sun visor has a magnet enabling it to be adhered firmly to the A-pillar when stowed away. This magnet-embedded end also holds on to the rear view mirror when the visor is pulled out and is in use.

Moreover, the sun visor is fitted with a vanity mirror behind its fold-out panels. Car experts feel whether this complicated design was needed at all on something as simple as a sun visor. Additionally, they opine that these design complexities could have added to the rather inordinate delay in the production process. Perhaps, a more experienced car company might not have spent so much resource on this small element.

The first set of Model X SUVs were completed and handed over to customers in September at Tesla’s production plant in Fremont, California. All the vehicles handed over were the P90D Signature Series models, the top spec in the Model X lineup. This model comes with the 90-kWH battery pack with performance tuning.


Another P90D model with the same set of batteries and all-wheel-drive powertrain, but with no performance tuning will also be available. The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, said that the Model X will cost about $5,000 more than a similarly-equipped and powered Model S.

It is quite pertinent to note here that during a press release just before the launch of the new Model X last month, the CEO had made an unusual remark regarding the car, “I’m not sure anyone should have made this car”. The comment was apparently referred to the design complexities and myriad features of the Model X.

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