Tesla Insider Says Model 3 Will Initially Come With Just One Interior Color

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 54

Tesla Model 3 Interior Console spotted on recent prototype caught last week

You can have it in any color you choose, as long as it’s black.

Elon Musk recently made it known that the Tesla Model 3 will initially be offered with only a few choices.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Those choices were wheels and exterior color.

Well, we’ve now learned via a reliable source that Musk was indeed telling us the truth.

As Model 3 Owners Club reports:

“First, the source has indeed confirmed that the initial Model 3 configurator choices are colour and wheels. No details on what those consist of but we can assume the 5 colours we’ve seen so far and the 2-3 wheel styles. Those choices are slated to be in place for about “3 months” while production is ramped up.”

“Secondly, the interior colour is to be black only during the initial phase. The wood trim found on the dash is real wood but species is unknown. The alcantara liner in the door panels is indeed making it to production. Was told the interior is very good, people are going to be happy with it. Think: fixing Model S deficiencies like door pockets, cup holder placements, arm rests, storage etc…”

If you were yearning for a different interior color, then you’ll have to either settle for black or wait at least a few months it seems.

This simplified initial offering should make it easy for Tesla to get lots of 3s delivered as timely as possible, though these early 3s will certainly lack differentiating features.

Source: Model 3 Owners Club

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54 responses to "Tesla Insider Says Model 3 Will Initially Come With Just One Interior Color"

  1. ffbj says:

    Black only? I know one inside ev’s guy who is doing the happy feet dance, atm.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      /not aware interiors came in other “colors”

      //sounds scary…like snake clowns

  2. Omar Sultan says:

    Remember, the first deliveries will be to Tesla and SpaceX employees. By the time its opened up to California customers, I would guess they might have more options opened up–the timing seems about right.

    1. Michael Will says:

      Exactly. And if you didn’t stand in line but ordered online on the day of the reveal like me then even more likely to be so.

      1. GeorgeS says:

        I thought you already had an S or an X.

      2. Kdawg says:

        That reminds me, didn’t Elon say people who reserved the first day were going to get a special gift? I haven’t heard anything more about that.

        1. Josh Bryant says:

          We did get mailed the original design sketch for Model 3, and I only did online reservation.

          But I think there was a mention of something better for those that stood in line.

        2. floydboy says:

          I think it’s that signature red color option.

        3. JIMJFOX says:

          Black IS the ‘special gift’- yuk! BIG mistake.

      3. Lawrence says:

        Thanks in advance for working with Tesla to iron the initial defects and issues.

    2. pjwood1 says:

      I’d hate to be the Tesla employee, who forgot where he parked.

      1. Vexar says:

        That’s an anachronism. You don’t own a Tesla, clearly. Your car knows where you are and vice-versa provided you have a mobile device. Bear in mind that Tesla vehicles have Summon capability, and have had it for a while. What level/degree is worth discussion, however not for long.

  3. Jelloslug says:

    At least they picked the best choice

    1. Kosh says:

      Not if you live in the parts of Ca that can see 115 during the summer…. (I do).

      1. John says:

        I live in KS, where summertime highs routinely are 105+ High quality window tint does amazing things.

        1. Unplugged says:

          “Routinely” meet a certain temperature is ambiguous. Let’s use average highs to ascertain the actual facts. The hottest month for Kansas City and Palm Springs is July. The average temperature in KC is 95. The average temperature in Palm Springs is 108. Sorry, 13 degrees does not a turn KC into a comparison to the deserts of California.

          1. ModernMarvelFan says:

            Those people outside of AZ and Southern California tend to confuse the difference between actual temperature and heat index…

        2. Kosh says:

          Oh, and window tinting , on the front side windows, is now illegal in California, so no that won’t help.

          They will issue a fix it ticket if they catch you with it.

          Don’t ask how I know this.

      2. jelloslug says:

        I live in the south so your threats of hot temperatures are meaningless to me.

        1. WakingEagle says:

          I live in the south too, Hotlanta. Can’t touch my blackety black steering wheel for months. Had to buy a thick, ugly, loose cover just to be able to drive it home in the afternoon. I hoping the base Model 3 will allow me to cool it from the office.

          1. Mark.ca says:

            If you car heats up that bad then you need reflective tinting on all glass including windshield. We done that on one of the cars here in SoCal and made a big difference. And yes, you can tint the windshield too…

            1. Unplugged says:

              “Tint” might be a misnomer. I have used solar film on my windshield for years. It is actually a neutral or zero tint. But it does dramatically cut the UV into the car, and the temperature is about 10 to 20 degrees less on a hot day.

              1. Dan says:

                Only 3% of the energy from the sun is UV. What your solar film will usually cut out is infrared which accounts for more than 50% of the energy. In fact, the cheaper ones end up cutting out some of the lowest reds as well and you’ll notice a bluish hue when looking through them. Cutting out the UV won’t cool your car much at all, but it could help prevent your black car from turning gray over time!

                1. danwat1234 says:

                  Interesting, thanks for the info.

      3. Jason says:

        I personally like a light coloured interior, pity sho many manufacturers only offer dark colours. I’m happy with the Leaf interior and hope Tesla offers their light interior in Model 3.

  4. Ken says:

    Make mine glossy black with a black interior, rwd with a glass roof and i’ll be happy. Anything else is a bonus.

  5. Alaa says:

    Any color is good enough for me. And for those who want a different color I am sure there will covers that will satisfy your color need!

  6. pjwood1 says:

    Forbes has a good pictures of how much went missing inside.


    1. GeorgeS says:

      Good find pjwood.

      Boy I don’t know if that wood dash makes it worse or better. In a way it almost accentuates the “plainness” of the dash.

      1. Doggydogworld says:

        “Plainness” is elegant, you’re just not used to it. Soon other cars will look hopelessly cluttered and old-fashioned.

        My only complaint is the huge touchscreen messing up the clean lines. I’d prefer a way to tuck it away.

        1. Adrian the nerd says:

          I agree that the screen is a huge focal point in the design. It just occurred to me that I might actually enjoy it there if I can set it to cycle through beautiful images of natural landscapes, or videos of flowing water.

        2. Jason says:

          Check out some the other interior shots, there is one with more of a side on view of the touch screen and it looks like it might be height adjustable with some tilt as well. That would be pretty good, but might be prone to movement. We’ll have to wait and see.

        3. Asak says:

          Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In my opinion a lot of people will not like the look.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if I still end up in a Model 3, but if so it will be despite all the bad choices made in the interior.

      2. Scott Franco says:

        That, IMHO, is the idea. They were going for the retro 50’s look.

        1. GeorgeS says:

          LOL Scott. Retro 50’s look. I guess I should like it then.

          1. yup says:

            Can I use my penknife to carve the dash??

    2. Mister G says:


  7. Serial anti tesla troll thomas says:

    2017 black, 2018 white, 2019 grey, 2020 red….πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. Four Electrics says:

    β€˜It’s the wild colour scheme that freaks me out,’ said Zaphod, whose love affair with the ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight. ‘Every time you try and operate these weird black controls that are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up in black to let you know you’ve done it.’

    Zaphod Beeblebrox, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe

  9. John clemens says:

    It is possible that the interior shown is not the final configuration. The door panel does not integrate with the dash pad or the wood trim. The tablet possibly has some crash safety issues with respect to the passenger. It’s possible the entire dash will be more spaceship like at the reveal

  10. Andrew says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how thick those A-pillars are…

  11. GeorgeS says:

    It doesn’t matter to me. Chances are I’ll just keep my model S….that is unless I get sick of having to go to the service center and if that’s the case I won’t be replacing it with a M3.

  12. vicxh says:

    The lack of color choice worked for the model T, the Trabant in Eastern Germany and LADA in USSR so it will work for Model 3 as well. The factory dictates what you buy, not the consumers dictating what the factory makes. Endless customization drives up costs too much. Coming soon – the Tesla Uniform Shirt available is Navy Blue ….

    1. Nix says:

      Drama queen much?

  13. Fishhawk says:

    “fixing Model S deficiencies like door pockets, cup holder placements, arm rests, storage etc…”

    Hmm. I think they will be fixing these things in the Model S as well; otherwise, the 3 will be better than the S in some places.

  14. Jim Whitehead says:

    Makes me glad I am way back in the Model 3 line. I learned my lesson long ago with Toyota: Never buy any new car in its first year, or you end up just being an unpaid beta tester, wishing you had waited a year.

    So I am happy to wait, driving my old beat-up Prius, until the Model 3 gets its funny noises and squeaks fixed and adds dual motor and a tow bar.

  15. Elaine Vigneault says:

    Well I guess my hope of being an early adopter has been shattered. I am NOT getting a car with a black interior. It’s too hot where I live.

    1. James says:

      Black is stylish. Every woman has to have that requisite black dress everybody talks about…

      Others here talk about heat reflective tint on your windows, which I would do with any interior color choice. The preconditioning of the interior is probably a must where you live anyway. Just grab your smartphone when in the office or mall and precondition the car so it’s nice when you get into it.

      One option I wish all car companies offered is the solar roof that powers an interior fan which vents and cools the car automatically as it sits outside. Toyota had it as an option a couple years back in it’s tech package on the Prius

    2. Nix says:

      That is definitely a valid reason to wait. Folks in really hot (black seats) and really cold (no AWD) might have to wait another 6 months or so before getting options they desire.

      Although to be fair, a few hundred thousand people have been waiting at least a full year already since they put down a deposit. And likely many had been waiting for the Model 3 much longer than that before Tesla would even allow them to take their deposit.

      So I guess I’m saying, welcome to the line ride.


  16. Lawrence says:

    Leather or pleather?

    1. Ambulator says:

      The article mentions Alcantara. Nice stuff, in my opinion.

  17. DJ says:

    Is it really that difficult to offer multiple interior colors? I mean seriously. How difficult is it to order a bunch of 2 or 3 different colors and as you consume them order more?

    I get not wanting to offer a larger battery pack or AWD as those could have some engineering related items or lead to more variants in the likely event of a recall style fox after the fact but interior color? Really???

    Maybe they should offer several choices and when they don’t meet their numbers blame it on the color of some fabric πŸ™‚

    1. Nix says:

      When they are ordering stuff in batches of 1000/wk with no idea how many weeks of various delays they may be facing, it would be very expensive to have 3 colors of dozens of parts.

      When they are ordering stuff in batches of 5,000/wk, and enough volume to batch build a different color on any given week, it will be much less costly.

  18. jim stack says:

    I’ll be happy with whatever Tesla goes with . I can always get real nice fitted seat covers from EVannex like I did for our old 2012 Tesla S.

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