Behold the depressingly unreal Tesla Model ST wagon
We’ll break it to you quickly: these renderings aren’t of a soon-to-be new Tesla Model S variant. No, instead they’re simply the imaginative drawings of what the geniuses at Theophilus Chin visualize a Tesla wagon might look like.
If you’re anything like us – and since you’re reading this, we’ll assume you are – you, too, feel this is too beautiful a vehicle not to be rushed into production.
Looking a bit like combination of a Saab 9-5 wagon and a Acura TSX Sport Wagon, the rendering is so precise, one might mistake it for something stolen from the Tesla design studios.
Tesla does have plans for a Model X, which will be a bigger, more crossover-type vehicle with all-wheel drive. Tesla is currently taking reservations for the Model X – complete with falcon wing doors – at showrooms now but deliveries won’t begin until 2014.
Sure, we could pose the question as to why Tesla plans to sell a crossover and not a wagon, but we already know the answer: Wagons don’t sell in the US. For years now Americans have opted for either sedans or sedan-based crossover vehicles, which are essentially taller, more bulbous – and arguably much more ugly – wagons. Even Volvo, who was made famous by its wagons, has virtually discontinued the breed Stateside, while expanding its wagon offerings around the globe.
Europe, however, has a different wagon history. It would stand to reason that a Tesla ST (standing for “Sport Touring”) would do quite well in the EU.
Perhaps with enough positive buzz, Tesla will consider at least a limited run of the Model ST. We realize, though, it’ll probably only be sold in Europe and we American wagon fans will be left drooling from across the pond.
By Nick Jaynes