Automobile Magazine Evaluates Tesla Model 3 Design

SEP 10 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Automobile Magazine believes that the Tesla Model 3 is an “excellent” design. Not much can be said about the interior, as it hasn’t been fully revealed (although there has been much said of the spartan interior/instrumentation in the prototype), but there is much detail to be observed concerning the exterior.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

In terms of the vehicle’s cabin, it will surely seat five. However, it is not known how comfortably three adults will fit in back. It is also universally known that the dashboard will encompass a large touch-screen. Aside from this, all we have is a myriad of artists’ renderings and Elon Musk’s promise that it will look like a spaceship.

The evaluation goes on to list a 23-point description of essentially every detail of the vehicle, with some explanations as to concept and purpose. Most notable in Automobile Magazine’s report are the references to aerodynamics.

The really clever stuff is seen in the shield form and the way a large radius at its base directs air to flow around the sedan’s sides. I suspect there is a soft cushion of high-pressure air in front that smooths out at higher speeds, making air effectively part of the vehicle surface. That’s common in aerospace, and both Ferrari and Aston Martin are using air as a tangible but invisible aerodynamic element.

Tesla Model 3 Prototype Interior (via Instagram/Richard Hennessey)

Tesla Model 3 Prototype Interior (via Instagram/Richard Hennessey)

Also worth mentioning are the “hockey stick” shaped door handles that stay flush to the vehicle when not needed. The sedan tends to look larger than it really is for various reasons, including the “blunt” front and the elongated hood. Surely the huge, rounded, panoramic windshield helps, and will make the driver feel as if the vehicle is less restrained.

It will be exciting to see Tesla’s final product. Until it is unveiled, we won’t know anything for sure. Check out the link below for the rest of the details.

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The propertions with that very small-looking front end and the comparatively large glass house do seem pretty odd at first glance. I don’t care about the looks of my car though – I don’t see it when I’m in it.

It’s looks really unprofessional to me to evaluate the design without actually driving production or near-production units… There’s no lack of products with design features that look great on paper, but work horribly in implementation, and a car is rather a complex product.

“In terms of the vehicle’s cabin, it will surely seat five. However, it is not known how comfortably three adults will fit in back.”
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During the reveal test drives, didn’t they have three people in the back? We should be able to find out from them how the room was.