With the launch of the Model X. One thing we noticed was the removal of the nose cone that was present in earlier Model X prototypes.
Tesla kept the removal of the nose cone a secret until the end as you can notice on these spy shots. They even had a faux nose cone underneath the covers:
So it is only a matter of time before Tesla ditches the Nose Cone on the Model S. With my average Photoshop skills, here is what the updated Tesla Model S might look like.
I was never too fond of the Nose Cone in the first place. I think Tesla Motors created it so that the Model S did not look too different from Internal Combustion Engine cars that have grilles.
Now that Tesla Motors and its Model S are a bit more well-known, I think people are ready for this. Also because Tesla left a tiny grille at the end of the hood, this looks a lot better than the Infinity without grille of yesteryears.
Grilles have been on cars for a long time because of the necessity of bringing air to the radiator. Nowadays, most cars are "bottom breathers" and receive air from below the bumper. Few automakers tried to get rid of the grille because people are so used to it.
Infinity tried to get rid of the grille of its first generation Q45 without much success, the car did not sell very well.
Tesla is now pushing ahead with a quasi non-grilled Model X. I think it looks wonderful, making the current nose cone Model S look dated.
Tesla is going against the trend of making the grilles bigger, trend adopted by Lexus and others:
This trend of big grilles was started by Audi around 2006:
It is nice to see that on top of setting a new technological trend with its Electric cars, Tesla Motors is also setting a new design trend by "almost" eliminating the grille altogether.
Let's see if other automakers will follow.