Technically, the Tesla Model X was in production during last winter, but only a few “Founders” and “Signature” series were delivered – and that was mostly in California. This winter will be the Model X’s first for most customers and it’s already there for a few – like in Norway.
Considering all Tesla Model X trims are all-wheel drive, winter driving shouldn’t be a problem with a decent set of winter tires. Just like the Model S, the Model X is likely to end up being praised for its winter driving performance, but driving is not necessarily the main concern with the Model X in winter.
The Falcon Wing doors and all the “bells and whistles” come to mind.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the automatic doors and sensors perform after a snow storm or being covered in ice.
Other features, like the active rear spoiler, are already causing trouble. As mentioned, Norway already received a decent amount of snow and local auto journalists are testing the Model X in the winter conditions.
In a video becoming popular on Facebook, the rear spoiler is giving trouble to a DinSide Motor reporter:
The issue is expected after a decent snowfall, but the reporter makes it look like there’s no solution because of Tesla’s automatic door opening and you have to give up opening the trunk.
The solution is actually quite simple. Like with most cars equipped with auto-folding side mirrors, you are better off locking the feature in those conditions. It’s the same thing with the Model X’s active rear spoiler, which can be locked from the center screen. Once locked, the trunk should be able to open without issue.
It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that the Model X is a car designed in California and for the Californian climate, but Dinside’s example is not proving that. This particular issue is expected by anyone used to winter conditions.
Nonetheless, I’m curious to see more reviews of the Model X’s features in winter conditions in the coming weeks and months – especially about the performance of the Falcon Wing doors.