The Tesla Model 3’s Minimalistic Cabin Is The Way Of The Future

Tesla Model 3

MAR 30 2018 BY EVANNEX 71

DON’T CLING TO THE PAST – TESLA’S MODEL 3 INTERIOR IS THE FUTURE

As promised, the new Model 3 has all the basic features we’ve come to expect from Tesla: generous range, excellent acceleration and handling, Supercharging capability, and all the latest high-tech bells and whistles. However, its one truly unique attribute, the one that’s getting the most ink in the reviews, is its strikingly minimalist interior.

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Above: Tesla Model 3’s minimalist interior (Image: Tesla)

Some reviewers have waxed poetic. Georg Kacher, writing in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, calls it “reminiscent of a completely cleared, black-washed Bauhaus living room.” Others are less enthusiastic – Consumer Reports is “on the fence” – but no one can ignore it. Model 3’s almost complete lack of physical knobs, switches and dials is revolutionary, and almost every reviewer to date has had a lot to say about it.

Hollis Johnson, writing in Business Insider, says that Tesla has “reset expectations” with “the Zen-like interior environment, where subtraction is everything.”

The mastermind behind the minimalist design is Tesla’s Senior Design Executive Franz von Holzhausen. When he designed Model S, he took as his model an endurance athlete. “Our goal is to modernize the design of the classic sedan silhouette and make it unique to Tesla,” wrote von Holzhausen in a 2011 blog post. “We wanted it to express speed and motion, even when at rest.”

Above: Minimalism carries over from the interior design to the sleek exterior design aesthetic of Tesla’s Model 3 (Image: Tesla)

It’s easy to see some of this sleek visual language in the shape of Model 3. Inside, however, minimalism has reached new heights. According to Johnson, Von Holzhausen’s minimalism expresses how he believes cars should look and feel, and embodies Tesla’s philosophy that cars shouldn’t be complicated. It also connects Tesla with the world of consumer technology – some have called Model 3 the iPhone of cars.

The only physical controls, aside from the pedals, are two column stalks and two trackballs on the steering wheel, a button to engage the hazard flasher (required by law) and buttons and a lever to control the windows and doors (also required). There’s no traditional instrument cluster – your speedometer, and everything else, appears on the 15-inch touchscreen slightly to your right. Some are nervous about letting go of the usual array of gauges and dials, but in a modern car, there’s no real reason to have anything other than a speedometer (and the nav system) in your line of sight – tachometers, oil-pressure gauges and so on are quaint vestiges of a much earlier era.

Johnson points out that Tesla didn’t invent the minimalist dashboard – the humble old Toyota Echo featured a compact digital instrument cluster – but with Model 3, the California trendsetters have taken various ideas that have been kicking around the auto industry for a while, refined them and reduced them to their essence.

Above: Less is more in Tesla’s new Model 3 interior (Image: Tesla)

The overall black interior is relieved by brushed metallic trim and a single strip of open-grain wood running the width of the dashboard. Johnson calls it a brilliant touch, noting that early versions of Model S also featured a minimalist interior look that some found a bit too cold and insufficiently luxurious. Model 3’s strip of wood is a welcome accent from the natural world that contrasts with the high-tech look of black leather and brushed metal.

Of course, not everyone loves the minimalist aesthetic, but it’s rapidly becoming the predominant style in our touchscreen-controlled world, so let the Model 3 dashboard be a metaphor for your mind: let go of the past, clear out the clutter, click the right-hand stalk twice to engage Autopilot, relax and enjoy the drive.

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Visually it’s appealing, but in practice its inefficient and a complete distraction to driving.
We just purchased a Bolt and one of the refreshing features is that you can do all the regular stuff with physical buttons, safer, easier, and whilst keeping our eyes on the road.

The touch screen itself isn’t as bad as the initial impression of interior quality. When I look at that picture at the top of this story it reminds me of an old cheap GM Saturn dashboard. Whether you have buttons or not in the door panels and dash doesn’t excuse the cheapness and quality of the materials. The reality of the matter is that it takes a lot of engineering and cost to make switchgear. Just look at how the model S had to borrow Mercedes hardware. It is much simpler to control everything through a touch screen and forget about the engineering complexity and costs of having controls and displays throughout the cabin. But it will never be easier to control cabin temperature or radio volume through push buttons than a simple rotary dial.And yes even fully electronically-controlled systems which could use push buttons still use rotary dials because the designers understand the advantages and less distracting nature of using manual controls.

I disagree that hardware temperature dials is better, because I need to turn 2 dials and keep an eye on the screen, how that temperature changes. (Volvo XC60 2009).

Enjoy the bolt, different class, different car, much more like every other boring car on the road.

The way of the future is driverless cars. Hence no gizmos needed, like speed display, maps etc. When you travel in a bus, train, airplane you don’t have access to all this info and you don’t care. The driver takes care of the details. It will be the same when the driver is not a human being but a computer or two😁.

The Model 3 is just one step to get there. This ally a passenger will only need the ability to control comfort and entertainment while traveling.

Don’t cling to the past because you’ll need both arms to cling to the steering wheel as autopilot swerves into fixed barriers.

Well dan with a little d, not everyone has your bad driving abilities but several other trolls here on InsideEvs do have your lack of logic FUD.

You must all share the same brain cell imported from Seeking Liars or Breitbart no doubt.

“…autopilot swerves into fixed barriers.”

Wow, how many lies did you manage to pack into such few words? There’s no evidence for that ever happening, yet you write as if it’s established fact. What a perfect example of FUD and “alternative facts”!

I guess you’d better write to the NHTSA and let them know they’re wrong about Tesla Autopilot + AutoSteer. They have reported that Tesla cars with those installed have a ~40% lower accident rate than those without.

Be sure to let the NHTSA know they’re wrong, because of what you read in some FUD posted by a Tesla Hater cultist. 🙄

Horse: Natural Intelligence over AI

System keeps blocking my reply, but IEV just release an article that confirms AP was active, and that the brother told investigators that The driver complained of the system swerving toward that barrier in the past.

Haha GM has paid millions of dollars due negligence and deaths, you are an idiot, I guess that in Trump times your way is trending.

Nice. Real cheap shot, loser.

Minimalist approach with a gigantic tablet in the middle …. certainly not for me.

I’d like to see some study how Tesla’s model 3 approach is safe. I can see distractions all over t he place just to look at things or switch something on or off …. yeah a button costs more in t he end, but you can reach it and press it without really look at it. Try that with screen …. oh, and no voice control does not work in 80% of time for me to bother.

Exactly. Having a tablet control everything is not really minimalist at all. It’s needlessly complex, and thus less reliable.

mxs: “I’d like to see some study how Tesla’s model 3 approach is safe. ” As I keep saying. Tesla is most interested in demonstrating AP is safe, not the human.

Evannex brings up Business Insider, whose positive comments come from articles that are all over the place and inconsistent, but for what Alex Roy called being a “clickbait mill”.

His piece is worth a read, as much as “Roy” grinds in the minds of the believers in function following form.
http://www.thedrive.com/opinion/19482/elaine-herzbergs-death-isnt-ubers-tragedy-its-ours

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It would be helpful if an independent company took five ‘state of the art vehicles’ on a controlled road surface and ask drivers ‘who have gained vehicle familiarity’ to perform 5-8 common / critical functions and rate / score them:
– At stop
– At 30 MPH
– At 60 MPH
– At Night
– In traffic conditions

Publish those scores and let the insurance industry handle the rest – when companies are honest and not spinning facts the marketplace can decide.

EVANNEX – Not sure if this is enlightened thought or just spinning Tesla propaganda – Words have consequences

I like the door handles – sleek, interesting, functional. When I looked at the car I paid special attention to them. I don’t really get what all of the complaints are about. Some of us value sleek modernist, minimalist design. I happen to be a design professional and those things are high on my list when looking at a car to purchase. Obviously they have no value to you. Buy something else…maybe a Mini Countryman with huge handles and huge analog controls on the dash is in your wheelhouse. I personally find that kind of design repulsive and love, love the design of the M3.

It is possible to do clean, simple and functional, minimalist design without the bling that comes with a giant screen.

http://images.autowereld.com/high/3729145331194_.jpg

Well said, Sansice. Those door handles look beautiful and personify and functionalize an extension of the human hand . Perhaps one should try to work with them instead of trying to out-think the design. That is, regardless of being right-handed or left-handed, the driver’s door handle should be opened with the left hand and the opposite for the passenger side. They work perfectly with just the simplest directive touch, as if imparting a single thumbprint, at which point the meat of the handle swings out to fall naturally into the remaining anticipative fingers, and Viola! the door has been opened with no fuss or muss… what could be more easy or elegant.

A easier and more elegant solution would be to design a handle that you could pull on in the same direction that the door is intended to open. Oh yeah, like almost all other cars. Instead on the M3, you have to push with the thumb, wrap four fingers around a handle and then pull. Neither elegant or easy. “Elegant” is a marketing term that Tesla would like to identify with, but its designs of hardware are unnecessarily complex, expensive, and prone to needing repairs.

I believe the complete lack of buttons has primarily to do with getting the Model 3 ready to be used on the Tesla Network. By limiting all major functions to the touchscreen any access by someone renting the car can be completely controlled by software.

I bet we will see the same setup on the next major revision of the Model S and Model X, not to mention all future Tesla cars. Other automakers will eventually have to follow suit if they want their cars to be ready for autonomous car-sharing networks.

Buttons are not directly controlling anything anymore anyways, so you can keep the buttons for all their advantages and still remotely control cabin temperature and the like.

There is a branch of Design that deals with the shapes, patterns, and designs of things, that associates them with there meaning, think the “Power” symbol of a vertical line embedded in a broken circle, or the Male and Female symbols, or more famously, the “Save” icon.

When was the last time you used a floppy disk, and why does the Save icon still look like one? There is meaning in shapes, and humans like to touch things.

This is why vehicles (in my opinion) ought to retain physical controls.

Ah, I get it, you want heat? That will cost you extra on the rental.
These minimalist flat screens will work great when the vehicle is fully autonomous, but until then, we need to keep drivers eyes on the road, not on the screen

Look another new username popping up to spread the same tired FUD.

Is that you realistic trolling under some of your other usernames?

Why the attack? Are Bolt drivers eyes less apt to be on the road than Model 3 drivers?

This has nothing to do with Bolt drivers, I’m a Bolt driver.

My comment has to do with the fact that a brand new username just suddenly shows up to bash Tesla and this may be indicative of a somewhat coordinated attack by trolls.

And the idiot from Idaho who posted below is most certainly a serial anti-Tesla troll who pops in here periodically. Who knows, maybe he is one of those Nazi idiots who have entrenched themselves in Northern Idaho.

Pathetic and predictable “get real” responses every time. One of these days, “get real” might get real himself and offer an intelligent rebuke other than name calling and expression of hate ( the very thing he often accuses others of) to those that don’t agree with him. Hopefully no one is holding their breath.

What is the Tesla Network, BTW?

It’s a ride-sharing service envisioned by Tesla, intended for use with fully autonomous cars. Basically, Uber with self-driving cars.

https://electrek.co/2017/05/01/tesla-network-elon-musk-autonomous-ride-sharing-vision/

I don’t get why it needs a computer at all. I just want something simple that works for a long time. Electric vehicles are inherently less complex than ICE vehicles. The same should follow with the interior controls for the vehicle. I’d rather not have to worry about stupid stuff, like viruses, rendering my vehicle inoperable.

Everything about the Model 3 I love, except the stupid computer which controls everything, with a giant distracting screen in the middle of the dash.

“I don’t get why it needs a computer at all.”
Cars are now and always will be full of processing power and it’s getting bigger all the time. ICE vs. EV is not a meaningful aspect of the instrumentation and controls functionality.

The issue is redundancy, and reliability. That which is more complex, is inherently less reliable. Having basically an iPad control simple functions like opening the glove box is just plain stupid. If the iPad crashes the vehicle should still be able to function, which sadly, is not the case with the Model 3. If the video display in my Leaf ceased to function I could still use the vehicle in almost every imaginable way.

“I don’t get why it needs a computer at all. I just want something simple that works for a long time. Electric vehicles are inherently less complex than ICE vehicles.”

EVs are inherently less mechanically complex than ICEVs, but all modern EVs are more electronically complex. If you want an EV without a computer, get one of those antique EVs from your great-grandmother’s generation.

The PEM (Power Electronics Module) in all modern EVs, the one which allows them to use a highly efficient AC motor powered by an integrated motor controller/inverter, rather than the much less efficient DC motors seen in older EVs, needs at least a microprocessor for proper control. A li-ion battery pack’s BMS (Battery Management System) needs at least a microprocessor, too.

No way are you ever going to see any future production EV without a computer in it.

Yeah, I’m well aware of the electronics required to make an EV move. I’m not aware that EV’s require touch screen controlled glove boxes, however.

I’m glad PP stuck to EV electro-motivation needing computers, because we can bring up ICE ECUs performing plenty of calculations. An EV doesn’t have to worry about fuel mapping, timing or metering pressures. It has to do just as much mandatory traction control as any compliant car these days.

That EVs and AVs are related is almost pure construct. The autonomy thing could easily be combustion driven.

How many accidents will be blamed on the need to fiddle the giant distracting screen? The ambulance chasers will be having a field day. And we worry about texting and driving?

Dang esto you no habla english very well. The distraction rate will be about the same as trying to find a button a console that has over 30 buttons on it. Funny I don’t see a lot of lawyers going after those buttons.

Ai car share no thanks. I own the car i can do want i want with it

I suspect that this control/display system will prove to be dangerous. Too much need to take one’s eyes off the road to do what could be done more easily (and often without looking at all) with mechanical/electrical controls.

Vehicle related deaths are already going back up (after decades of declines) likely due to distraction from touch screen interfaces as well as cell phones.

While the Tesla control/display system is simple and elegant in appearance it is complex, slower and more dangerous in practice.

I’ve read this a lot from various commenters (I’m not calling you out specifically). This is what I did this morning on my 20 mile commute. I got in my car, the temp was already set to what I like (70 F), the mirrors were already set for me as was the seat and the steering wheel. The radio station was also already set and my car resets the volume to a preset level so I didn’t have to change that (although if I did it is on the wheel). My lights are automatic, my windshield wipers are automatic so I don’t touch either of those things. I put the car in drive and went to work. I didn’t touch any knobs or controls except for the accelerator and the brake and wheel. I didn’t really look that much at the speedo because I was not going excessively fast or slow on the back roads I take to work. I used the turn signal but that is probably the only non-driving control I touched. If I did want to change the temp I would have to look at it because it is not something I touch very often. Same goes… Read more »

Fear not Dan, the current generation is being ingrained with screen-literate traits so that just a simple glance at the screen provides them with more info than previous gens ever imagined, so it should not provide much of a distraction. The evolution of the bio-android human has begun.
On a more serious note, one can work quite well with the Tesla Model 3 touchscreen because most of the functions that might need to be dealt with while driving should actually have already been programmed before driving off, such as entering navigation data, turning on the Bluetooth connection, rain sensing wipers, auto lights function, seat and steering positions setup in your driver profile, music/radio tuning and sound balancing, etc. The remaining interactive dynamics related to driving, such as cruise control, turn signals, hazard warning lights, horn, steering, windshield cleaning, braking, steering and opening doors are all manually controlled in the usual way – with switches, levers and pedals. In the end, the touchscreen media is no more a material factor in terms of danger and distraction than any other modern car with its share of electronic hurdles.

“Vehicle related deaths are already going back up (after decades of declines) likely due to distraction from touch screen interfaces as well as cell phones.”

This is a worry we see commonly expressed in online comments, but accident statistics don’t support that. There is no evidence that touchscreens cause dangerously distracted driving, the way that using a cell phone in the car does.

Many Tesla drivers say that while using the big touchscreen for nearly everything does take a few days of getting used to, once they’re familiar with it then it’s actually easier and faster to use the screen than trying to find the right knob or button on the dash.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYLJxzDoGmc

I love the clean, less cluttered look. Exciting times ahead. I am anxiously looking forward to getting my Model 3.

Tesla has taken a bold step in the controls and indication (C&I) strategy for the Model 3. This fits well alongside their approach to less federated and more integrated computation. It’s been going on in aviation for several generations of commercial aircraft. (Compare the cockpit of a 727 to a 787. There are just as many system functions being controlled and observed in the Dreamliner as the venerable trijet, but the complexity of the space is far lower and two people easily do the work of three.) As in aircraft, the integrated C&I strategy in cars can definitely reduce the number of ECUs, simplify and reduce wiring, and allow more flexible implementation of powered options. It can significantly economize the mixed model production line as well. There are some issues, though, and they don’t have anything to do with “style” or “athletic concept” or other squishy unmeasureables. There are key differences in how a car is operated vs. an aircraft, and one of them is fundamental. An instrument rated pilot observes the control environment THROUGH the instrumentation. The REAL data for traffic, weather, aircraft dynamic conditions, even the fundamentals of horizon and attitude, are understood through instruments. For aircraft operation… Read more »

HUH? Perhaps you should go and have a hands-on drive in the Model 3 before embarking on another similar philosophical odyssey here. Thanks.

Nothing philospophical about it at all, Gordon.

The accident/incident data will tell us plenty. Sadly, it’s not useful until “significant” passenger miles add up, so that will be a bit late for the injured and dead, some of whom will (unfairly) not have been advocates to a poor design choice.

I’ll place a bet if you like on the tragedy level. We’ll use IIHS Driver death rates per registered passgenger years, OK? There are reliable services that will do escrow for monetary consideration of non-typical legal wagers.

Unlike successful short trading positions in crappy companies, I will not accept my winnings with glee; I’ll contribute mine (post-tax) to the coming class of litgants.

Let me know and we’ll get started.
Not kidding.

I don’t know what your agenda is here, “Realistic”, but clearly you have a very strong bias against Tesla.

We don’t have to wait for more data to come in. The NHTSA has already published the fact that Tesla cars with Autopilot + AutoSteer installed (just installed, not necessarily operating!) have a ~40% lower accident rate than Tesla cars without AutoSteer.

We already know that Tesla cars with more automated driving functions are significantly safer than those with a lower amount.

https://electrek.co/2017/01/19/tesla-crash-rate-autopilot-nhtsa/

@realistic said: “…Remember that on aircraft there are STILL tactile switches, with all their additional cost, wiring and installation, installed for key life-saving functions like deployment of the Ram Air Turbine…”
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Wow… you need to get this info to the SpaceX Team pronto… apparently crazy Elon has also killed the tactile switches on the Dragon V2 Spacecraft!

When that works for commercial aircraft piloted n crowded airspace, post it.

Spaghetti code? Seriously?

Have you actually seen Tesla’s software and analyzed it for yourself? I think it’s safe to think the answer is “no”.

Spaghetti code makes it nearly impossible for anyone other than the original programmer to update software. Contrariwise, Tesla’s software is being constantly updated. I can believe there might be some spaghetti code in some software modules imported from outside Tesla, but it’s not believable to claim that Tesla’s own programmers would be generating spaghetti code.

One of Tesla’s greatest strengths, possibly its best, is the way it has integrated the functions and user interfaces in its cars in an intuitive, well-integrated manner. That’s part of why a Tesla car is so much “greater than the sum of its parts”.

Your comments here suggest exactly the opposite, and therefore, logically, cannot be true.

Realistic: “But until we’re in a Level 5 world, the opposite is true for cars. Other than mirrors (or, soon, readily visible video screens for side/rear views), it’s all about eyes on traffic and the road. ”

Seems simple enough, to me. Before striking Elaine Herzberg, Rafaela Vasquez is on video looking to the right (vicinity of a Model 3 screen), and lower. I drive Teslas, and take them out of AP whenever anywhere near cyclists. People should test drive Model 3’s, but you know what? They aren’t allowed to.

Vasquez was on the smartphone, surely?
Looking DOWN as I recall.
I think suicide may be a possibility considering the cyclist’s actions & total lack of lighting/ reflectors on her clothing or bike…

Tesla reinvents design by first throwing out everything the automotive industry has learned, and then comes up with things that experienced designers know to avoid. Like completely automated falcon doors, or a non folding power second row of seats in a seven seat SUV…… This article is a heavily biased love letter to Franz von Holzhausen. It doesn’t take in aspects of the entire automotive industry, it just gushes over the Model 3’s interior like a love sick fan.

and the 3 has falcon doors and a non folding 3rd row? Agh – the main complaint seems to be the screen controls. “lessons learned” don’t apply to a completely new UI. There is nothing remotely like the 3 interior despite perhaps the minimalism of the i3 and large screen of the Model S. Gushing? Maybe but by most accounts FvH has created sublimely beautiful, interesting, and unique designs especially for the 3 and S.
I find it fascinating that you guys constantly crawl out of the woodwork constantly trying to shoot down anything remotely Tesla. What is exactly your motivation or source of disdain when many of the other EV marques, which are arguably more flawed, are spared from your toxic comments?

Sancise, your main beef seems to be that nobody is giving sufficient love to the style of the monoscreen controls and instrumentation. I haven’t seen a comment here that disputes STYLE of the C&I; the issue is SAFETY and OPERABILITY.

Understood – What is interesting in the safety and operability side of things is, the main beef seems to be that the screen being on the right side of the wheel is distracting in that it takes your eyes off of the road. I suppose any radio or heat controls that are on most cars put you equally in peril. From my understanding, most of the driver, operational controls are on the left side of the screen. Being an electronic interface which is update-able, it would be interesting to see if those controls and locations could ultimately be customize-able. With analog controls what you see is what you have for the life of the car. I certainly have enjoyed the wireless updates on our S – no other manufacturer has such a system in place.

Clearly I was using Model X features as an example. And my motivation is simply buying a Model X, and being a bit disappointed with what I got for a ton of money. Particularly ending up in service more times in the first year of ownership then any ICE car I’ve ever owned. And especially after my 2014 i3 BEV having been the perfect example of an ultra low maintenance EV. I still like my Model X a lot, and I still like Tesla as a company, but I don’t like the attitude by a few that all of Tesla’s design ideas are perfect, especially while owning a car with so many misaligned body panels…

“Tesla reinvents design by first throwing out everything the automotive industry has learned, and then comes up with things that experienced designers know to avoid.”

It’s what innovators and inventors do. It’s what happens during every disruptive tech revolution. Most of the complex things we use on an everyday basis are the result of someone refusing to accept conventional wisdom, and figuring out how to do something that everyone once “knew” was impossible.

It’s rather strange that you apparently can’t see this. Perhaps you need to turn down the gain on your reality-distorting Tesla Hater goggles? 😉

I drive Audi A4 Avant, everyday.. My next car will be Tesla, just to set the scene..
Audi has a great interior design, well though out, but it seems to be running out of space for all the controls that modern car requires. Media and navigation controls are at my hip, and even after driving the car for 3 years now, I find myself fumbling with them. I have to look down just to find them.
Obvious solution is multi tasking controls…
Tesla model 3 is headed in the right direction.

Tesla just beat Audi’s A4 sales numbers last month according to goodcarbadcar data, and the Plugin Sales Scorecard…..

Love how well prepared the ever present Tesla trolls are…always the same ones…all talking about a car that neither of them drove. They all need to change all the car settings while driving ….because that’s how it’s done…lol. Some fools even bringing up the S in the mix not even realizing that it too has no buttons and still is considered one of the top cars. The only thing i adjust in my everyday commute is radio volume…but hey, maybe I’m more normal than others.

A lot of pluses and minuses posted here. Personally I don’t believe the minimalist interior was driven by aesthetics at all. Probably handed down from Elon to Franz “Absolutely minimum controls, everything via touch screen, make it work!” and this driven by cost. You see I approve of Elon’s decision to not sacrifice vehicle features like wishbone suspension, high quality (still working on that one), safety and performance and reduce cost by simplistic dashboard. Most cars have literally miles of wiring, dozens of knobs and switches which add up to a major cost of the car. For all you who would prefer another $5k go into the dash, what would you sacrifice in return? (and I mean off the base $35k car).

The touchscreens are very expensive, both as identified by IHS Insight’s tear down, and the fact a replacement MCU costs >$5,000.

Neither Elon, nor Franz, are driving enthusiasts. That’s what the Model 3 interior reminds me.

..Model S tear down.

Let’s hope not. It’s not what most people want and it’s actually unsafe. Maybe when real self driving is a thing but not yet.

We all know why they did this. It’s cheaper, it isn’t some new fanged thing they really want to push as if it were the S and X would have it as an option to be like this.

The wave of the future? In eliminating most of the buttons and knobs from a dash, I strongly suspect that’s right. In eliminating the instrument cluster: No way! I’m amazed that Tesla went ahead with that. It’s at the least polarizing, and is certainly losing them some sales. Many sales. I also note all the complaints about not having the tactile feedback of being able to use a knob for certain functions. I’d love to see some auto maker put a multi-function unit on the dash, with two knobs and 2 – 4 buttons between. Sorta like a radio/stereo control panel. That could be set up for multiple functions, with the function selected by a row of touch-sensitive icons at the top of the panel. Possibly the user could even customize which functions the panel was able to control, changing the icons displayed. For example, tap the “Climate/HVAC” icon, and one knob would control fan speed; the other would control temperature. The buttons in between might allow the user to switch between A/C and heater, or perhaps turn heated seats on and off, or control the defrosters. Tap another icon, and those same knobs and buttons would control the radio/stereo.… Read more »

“all the basic features we’ve come to expect from Tesla”?
Tow hitch was also promised, but Musk took it back 🙁

It’s pretty simple, actually. What is the plan to modernize the car?

A. Replace as much as possible with a touch screen.

What is the plan to get drivers to like that?

A. Replace older drivers with newer, computer literate ones.

Tesla fan. Love the S.

I very much like the 3 EXCEPT for the dash. Everyone keeps saying how elegantly simple it is.

To me, its ugly. I want a dash or HUD. Cant afford an S but that dash display is awesome…add an option to get it in the 3 by the time my reservation for D comes up…PLEASE.

If all future cars can get away with zero design and just an afterthought of a stuck on tablet on something that costs $50k+, I fear for the future of the car .