Check out these boring photos of the Model 3’s interior: Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA)
Tesla Motors Inc could be much closer to completion on the mass-market Model 3 than the market expects. In March, during the Model 3 unveiling, CEO Elon Musk noted that he was only showing us Model 3 prototypes. He mentioned that work was still being done on the car, especially on the interior, and buyers could expect changes when shipping the car. Tech bloggers were quick to note that the Model 3 prototypes Musk unveiled were perhaps pre-Alpha or Alpha prototypes at best.
However, it looks like Tesla is moving fast in producing EVs for the mass market. The latest news reports provide scoops on what could be the Model 3 beta prototype. During this week, buyers had the opportunity to see a video of the Model 3 driving on the highway. Even more, a few photos of the Model 3’s interior have surfaced online.
Tesla Model 3 interior surface photos online
Someone posted new images of the Tesla on Thursday Model 3 on imgur. The poster said the photos were from a Facebook post, but no one seems to have taken credit for taking the photos. Shot in a location that looks like a Tesla service center, interior images of the Model 3 reveal a minimalist dashboard, other images show the doors open, and another photo shows the doors and trunk open.
A look at the pictures shows a clean, minimalist style with no controls, knobs and buttons looking a bit boring. Of course, a 15-inch touchscreen sits in the middle of the dashboard. Therefore, it is safe to assume that most of the car’s information systems would be controlled via the touchscreen. Musk said we will delay a lot of revealing about the model’s interior until production is almost ready to start in 2017.
In April, Tesla Motors hired Félix Godard, Porsche’s lead designer for the Mission E interior to come and work on the Model 3. Porsche describes the interior of the Mission E by saying “The top layer incorporates the driver’s screen, and between the levels there’s a holographic screen that extends away from the passenger’s side. It shows individually selectable apps, which are stacked in virtual space and prioritized with a three-dimensional effect. “
Photos taken inside the car suggest that Felix’s hiring seems to be paying off. On the one hand, the lack of a dashboard suggests the company might want to introduce a heads-up display or something like augmented reality on the screen. It won’t be out of place to expect Model 3 to come with a smarter version of Autopilot – perhaps optional.
Model 3 turns the CA 280 into a race track
Tesla Motors won’t start delivering the Model 3 until the end of 2017, but the car is already doing the rounds on California highways. Earlier this week, someone spotted (and filmed) Driving model 3 along California’s 280 highway. The highway is close to Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., And it’s the same highway where the Model X road debut took place before it went into production.
Model 3 appears to have multi-spoke wheels and the windows appear to have tinted glass. It is not known whether the tint is intended to protect the identity of test pilots or some of the production functionality. The car also appears to have stood up to other cars on the road and it’s safe to assume that the car’s powertrain and transmission are pretty much done.