Tesla’s Model X “Big Sky” windshield continues to grab media and consumer attention due to its unique design and gorgeous aesthetics. But beyond having world-class engineering, Model X’s panoramic windshield provides an intimate experience allowing driver and passengers to intersect with nature like never-before-seen.
A new video, filmed largely in Yosemite National Park, provides the viewer with a first person perspective on what it’s like to ride inside a Tesla Model X. The huge windshield, boasting 31-square-feet (2.9-square-meters) of glass, provides an unparalleled view of the surroundings. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has called this a “helicopter cockpit-like riding experience.” As the Model X reaches Yosemite park’s outer gates, images of puffy clouds against a deep blue sky balance wide angle shots of the Model X maneuvering carefully through traffic.
We’re left with an impression of being one with our surroundings while the vehicle continues to provide passenger comfort in the form of individually heated seats and navigation data displayed on an enormous 17″ center touchscreen.
Visibility benefits of Model X’s enormous windshield
The Model X panoramic windshield brings the world inside. Each person riding within the all-electric crossover SUV is given an enhanced ability to see around the car, accentuating the safety of all. The video reveals shots from both the driver’s and passengers’ points of view. Extending all the way above the driver and front passenger seats back to the rear seat, the windshield reinforces improved visibility for all the Model X’ occupants, regardless of their seating arrangement within the vehicle.
The larger windshield also seems to give the driver a better sense of surrounding and oncoming traffic, as several video scenes display fast-moving vehicles zooming down and around mountainsides, or over-sized campers crawling up elevation changes. In each, the Model X, due to its windshield with one massive piece of glass, empowers the driver to fuller perspectives of the road, other vehicles, and obstacles.
The Tesla Model X windshield is ultraviolet and infrared-blocking; it also includes rain-sensing, adjustable-speed windshield wipers. “The Model X has the largest all-glass panoramic windshield in production, providing an unparalleled view of the stars and the sky above,” according to a statement from the company. “Optimized solar tinting and obstruction-free view creates unlimited visibility for the driver and all passengers.”
Great for road trips
The video setting of Yosemite symbolizes the essential American yearning to be a rugged individualist. The Model X windshield reveals tall firs that foreground sheer mountain cliffs and rugged terrain. It’s a truly separate experience from driving in any other vehicle. We peer deeply ahead into a red-lit tunnel carved into a mountain, move to overhead shots of overhanging branches, and ease back down to road level two-lane traffic.
The video makes us ask, What better way is there to strive toward a better lifestyle than through the experience of owning a Model X? As the landscape moves by the windshield, the fluidity of the visual experience which is gained from the extensive windshield area invites ease of long distance travel. That, of course, is in addition to the car’s quiet, luxury features, and comfort.
Reaffirms our green philosophy
We as viewers feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. We’re part of a more sustainable and secure world, which makes us all safer and healthier. If we hadn’t before, we come to understand how Tesla has designed the Model X with its panoramic windshield in a way that combines style, acceleration, and handling with advanced technologies. We’re part of a viable alternative to fossil-fuel cars. It really is emblematic of Elon Musk’s master plan realized.
We feel part of the Tesla’s global efforts to expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy as a primary sustainable solution.