2017 Tesla Model 3: Style

Authored by honghatcdnc

Tesla said the pre-production version of the Model 3, revealed in March 2016, will be very similar to the final version due in late 2017. The relatively small sedan is not simply a downsized version of the Model S. If anything, the Model 3’s design language is more aggressive: the curves are more dramatic and the angles are sharper.

These departures are particularly noticeable from the front, where the headlights and wheel wells jut out and a grille-less front fascia abruptly falls off the hood. It’s as if a designer sliced off the front tip of a clay model and no one noticed the error. (Musk has since tweeted that this area of the design is still a work in progress.)

The Model 3 also departs from its older sibling above the cabin, where curved glass extends from the windshield all the way to the trunk, interrupted only by a single roof support pillar. (Tesla first deployed this feature in the Model X SUV.) Inside the cabin, the expansive glass adds a panoramic sense of space that makes the roomy small sedan seem bigger than it is.

Perhaps the most radical design decision for the Model 3 though is its dashboard and console configuration, which takes minimalism to a new level among mass-market consumer vehicles. The pre-production Model 3 has no instrument cluster and no climate control knobs. You won’t even find visible air vents.

All controls and instrument gauges are located on the car’s large touchscreen—and this has led to speculation that Tesla plans to deploy a standard heads-up display that will allow the driver to view speed, range and other crucial information directly on the windshield. In a series of missives, Musk explained that the sparseness of the cabin will make more sense after “part 2” of the unveiling, promising that the final interior will “feel like a spaceship.”