Tesla presented the renewed Model S and Model X to the world. Beyond a slightly updated exterior aesthetics and a restructured range of versions, the main change experienced by both models is found in a completely updated cabin in which a great part of the prominence falls on a steering wheel without a full rim.
Defined by Tesla as a “yoke” type design, the truth is that most media have not hesitated to compare its appearance to that of a butterfly. Aeronautically inspired, this element is reminiscent of other company creations such as the second-generation Roadster or the Cybertruck pick-up, which also use wheels with similar aesthetics.
However, the use of this flyer would be different, because as some Internet users point out, its main reason for being would be to save costs.
The new steering wheel of the Model S and Model X dispenses with the classic levers anchored in the steering column that we can find in practically all cars on the market, replacing them with a series of haptic controls located on the spokes of the steering wheel that allow operating functions such as lights, blinkers, windshield wipers or voice assistant.
Although the ergonomic advantages of this configuration will probably remain unknown until the first tests come out, the truth is that the steering wheel’s flattened design allows a better view of the 12.3-inch digital instrumentation.
However, the avant-garde design of Tesla faces a significant obstacle. In many European countries, it will not be possible to homologate a steering wheel of this type. The company was already aware of this problem, as hidden images of the new interior equipped with a classic round steering wheel have been discovered in the configurator of the Model S and Model X.
Although this option has not yet been enabled, everything seems to indicate that Tesla will allow users to choose between the “yoke” type steering wheel and a more conventional alternative. However, both will maintain the haptic controls in place of the levers. Thus, the company will cover its back if the controversial design does not appeal to the public. Simultaneously, in those countries where the new steering wheel cannot be homologated, only the traditional option will be offered.