Tesla’s S3XY Family Is Complete But Are They Actually Sexy?

With the recent unveiling of the Tesla Model Y, the company’s long-awaited ‘S3XY’ family of models is finally complete.

A new press photo published by the electric automaker shows the four models lined up alongside each other. The similarities between the vehicles are striking, particularly the Model 3 and Model Y.

Tesla, of course, started its current range of models with the all-electric Model S sedan. On the back of the positive reception for that vehicle, Tesla released the second model in the S3XY family, the Model X. Essentially an SUV version of the Model S, the Model X is the most spacious of all current Tesla passenger cars and has the famous ‘Falcon Wing’ doors.

In 2016, the Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in prototype guise. Tesla initially planned on calling its entry-level sedan the Model E, but Ford blocked the move after first applying for the ‘Model E’ trademark in 2000. Tesla’s original plan would have meant its models would spell out ‘SEXY’ but alas, it wasn’t to be. The name Model 3 was adopted instead and it still gets the message across.

As for whether or not Tesla’s ‘S3XY’ family is actually sexy remains up for debate. Numerous critics have expressed disappointment at the Tesla Model Y, claiming that the design similarities between it and the Model 3 could mean the crossover will cannibalize sales of its sedan twin.

Tesla’s model range won’t end with the four models pictured. In late 2017, the electric automaker revealed prototypes of both the Tesla Semi and second-generation Tesla Roadster. Later this year, Tesla will also present a prototype of its long-awaited pickup truck, bringing the Tesla model range up to seven.


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  • baofe

    No. Model 3 X and Y all look like deformed model S done through MS Paint.

  • Zandit75

    Wow, when you see them altogether in the one photo, they look so bland. The Model S is the only one with any real style, and as @baofe:disqus mentioned, they are all mongrelised versions of the S.

  • FlamerSmasherMBXCar_Part II

    All of Tesla’s vehicle’s look like tumors.

    • Bo Hanan

      I was going with eggs on wheels, but-

  • PhilMcGraw

    The Model S was first introduced in 2009 (although it didn’t get into customer hands until 2012). Either way, it’s been long in the tooth and needing a redesign badly. It doesn’t look like it’s happening soon. Any other major manufacturer (aka Toyota) is ripped on a daily basis for keeping cars for that long without a redesign.

    The Model Y has the laziest styling I’ve seen yet on a vehicle with it just being a raised up Model 3. Even the recently announced Mazda CX-30 looks different from just being a raised up Mazda 3 (which is basically what it is). And I still don’t see how you can call it an SUV when it looks like it is barely raised off the ground more than the Model 3.

  • Nordschleife

    I don’t see SEXY but they do look cohesive. I do feel the the Y was a big letdown. I don’t know what they could’ve done but I can assure you they haven’t done enough to differentiate itself from the 3. Considering most didn’t think it would make it to a third model let alone a fourth, I give Tesla a lot of credit.

  • TheBelltower

    Compared to the EV attempts prior to Tesla, absolutely. It’s also pretty sexy how Teslas effortlessly eat Ferraris for lunch at drag strips. And then can go pick up the kiddies from school.

    • Alx

      Agreed. People need to brush this chip off their shoulders.


  • no25

    “SX3Y” lol

  • Rocket

    I’d say the S is still sexy and the 3 is somewhat attractive, but the X and Y both resemble stylized suppositories. And no … suppositories are most definitely not sexy.

    Speaking of S3XY, I’ve noticed a drop-off in shill activity here and on other automotive sites. I presume they got hit by Tesla’s budget cuts?

    • Nordschleife

      This is a very funny funny comment. and deserves a like and someone to say it.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Nope, he’s still around. Unfortunately.

  • javier

    can you say enron

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The S is the only truly sexy one. the 3 is alright, actually, I can appreciate it a bit, but those SUVs…Yikes.

    What @HotRod88:disqus said.

  • ErnieB

    They’d make great alien bobble head dolls..

  • Mr. EP9

    Only one I like is the Model S but that’s because it’s the most competent looking one of the bunch.

  • Lawrence King

    The model lineup would be sexier once the new roadster joins the ranks. Tesla model S3XYR.

  • TheHake


  • europeon

    Tesla Roadster. Later this year, Tesla will also present a prototype of its long-awaited pickup truck, bringing the Tesla model range up to seven.

    This is like like saying Elon is colonizing Mars.
    Until then, I count only four, not seven.

  • charlotteharry57

    Not in the least. A (stupid) neighbor down the street just got a new Model 3 and everyone I know is laughing behind his back. Sure he paid around $70K for an ugly piece of, well, you know. And can’t figure out how to get a garage charger. Tesla couldn’t help – ARE YOU KIDDING?

  • Well, if you compare those “SUV’s” to, let’s say, BMW’s SUV’s… very sexy indeed.

  • Vassilis

    The S is.

  • An Existing Person

    The Model S is the only non-revolting model because it’s proportions are just right and the design flows well. In top spec, it’s a very good looking car. The rest of the lineup looks like mobile jellybeans.

    • Couldn’t have said it better.

  • SteersUright

    The only decent looking one is the “S”, and its not very good looking. These are all somewhat different and sleek, but could use majorly updated design language.

  • Enter Ranting

    All Teslas look like the nondescript vehicles that appear on Turtle Wax packaging.

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