A custom Tesla Model S station wagon is taking shape
November 17, 2017 Jay Ramey
A Tesla Model S wagon, as seen in our rendering, is one of several body
styles that Tesla has declined to build, at least for now. Photo by Autoweek
British coachbuilder Qwest wants to give the Model S a little more cargo
If you haven't noticed, the Tesla Model S range isn't particularly varied.
There's no long-wheelbase model, no coupe, no two-door convertible and no
But what if you want to put on some Wellies and take your hunting dogs to
tow a few ducks out of the water? Back in the U.K., commissioning station
wagons based on luxury sedans was a fad for a long time, at least among
those who could afford it, until luxury automakers themselves started
offering large station wagons fit for the British country lifestyle.
And at least one coachbuilder in the U.K. has sought to bring the longroof
goodness to EV customers: Norfolk-based coachbuilder Qwest has been working
on a Tesla Model S shooting brake for more than a year.
The Model S is a complex car when it comes to materials -- the same reason
we don't see too many aluminum Audi A8s converted by coachbuilders and
armorers -- so the rear section is built from carbon fiber and bonded to the
car's aluminum chassis. As you can guess, this would be far simpler if the
car was made out of steel, since the roof and tail section of the Model S do
not lend themselves easily to alteration. It's almost simpler to ditch the
greenhouse entirely and create a new one, but then you're looking at
fabricating a lot of complex parts.
When it comes to design, the Tesla shooting brake is a bit squared off,
featuring a mostly straight and uninterrupted roof all the way to the
D-pillar. The added benefit of this approach is more room in the cargo
compartment, but it does make the rear of the car pretty bulky.
In any case, we're now wondering why Tesla itself hasn't offered a
station-wagon variant of the Model S, but we hope there's still room in the
Model 3 lineup (after Tesla makes half a million sedans to satisfy
preexisting orders) to create a longroof variant. It's not the best starting
point, but it is better looking than Tesla's own Model X crossover.
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