Rare Image Of Tesla Model 3 With Trunk Open


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The angle of the image teases us by showing oh so little, but at least we get a glimpse.

Here’s a rare look at a Tesla Model 3 in the wild with its trunk open. The blue one, that’s partly obscured by the silver Model 3.

It’s hard to tell from this point of view if the trunk opening has been enlarged as Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated it would be following the initial Model 3 reveal in prototype form. The 3’s trunk opening drew a lot of criticism back then, so Musk responded with this:

Here’s a look at the trunk opening on a Model 3 earlier prototype.

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The final reveal of the Model 3 in full production form will take place sometime in July. Ahead of that, a small viewing party will get an up-close look at the Model 3 on June 2 and 3.

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Looks fragile and not a practical opening.

Fragile? The sides look at least as big as the arms that are attached to trunks on many other cars.

The Problem is that we cannot see the hinges with all the black.

But I think normal trunk hinges are cheap to buy, so Tesla will probably go for them. Then it should be working well.

This is another example of changing something that did not need to be changed.

Although no where near the same scale as the falcon doors, I thought Musk had learned not to add unnecessary risk to the program.

Fragile? Now you are talking about your own FUD.

Fragile? It must be Italian.

Clever. Looks like Tesla left the hinge mechanism alone and cut the rear glass so that about two feet of it are now included in the trunk opening. That way the glass only has a line with some weather stripping.

If you look at old model and put the glass hinge at the trunk hinge, that makes or a huge opening and what everyone was hoping for in trunk, a lift back similar to the Tesla S.

It doesn’t at all look like what you describe. There is no glass lifting up with the trunk.

There certainly appears to black glass with the trunk otherwise you would be seeing daylight instead of…black glass.

Fragile or not, in order to maximize utility I still think this car should have been a hatchback first, followed by a ragtop and a CUV – not necessarily in that order. Can’t get it why North Americans are against being practical.

The opening can’t be any larger than the base of the window to the top of the bumper. So to make the opening larger than what we saw in the prototype either the back glass is smaller (doubt it). Or they cut into the bumper area more (possible), but that might have given them another inch or so.

We already know the trunk is fairly small so no need for a huge opening.

Having a small trunk doesn’t mean a big opening is useless. I have a Gen 1 Volt, which looks to be a smaller car than the Model 3, but because it has a big hatch and the back seats fold down I’ve fit in the back a pellet stove, table saw, 4 drawer filing cabinets, a kitchen table and 4 chairs, and much more.

Agreed in the Volt case which has a hatch. In the Model 3 the trunks usefulness is limited by the pass through opening between the trunk and passenger compartment and the trunk opening. Given it’s opening is limited by design and the trunk itself is probably less than 12 cu ft. Tesla has really gimped the utility of the Model 3. Now we just need to see how much back seat space is lost with the steel roof.

Tesla back seats go down I believe so the trunk with seats down and the lift back opening should be excellent.

Woa.. all at once?!?! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!

Just kidding – I had an Opel Ampera (EU Volt), and agree with you Tim

How is being the same size or larger than it’s competitors “fairly small”?

The opening looks really low. If it stays like this, many People will hit their heads. Not so smart by Tesla…

They should have went for an opening like in a BMW 4 Gran Coupe or similar. That was the 1st car that popped into my mind.

This isn’t the Model S, please don’t put people in your trunk!

The rain gutter (for lack of a better term) directly below the rear window and directly above the trunk opening looks very narrow and small. With the trunk open in a heavy rain, it appears as if the “rain gutter” can be overwhelmed causing a unwanted waterfall into the trunk, especially since it looks like the bottom edge of the window is higher than the gasket at the top of the trunk.

Tesla most likely designed and tested the Model 3 to prevent this from happening, and I’m sure there will be a cascade of YouTube videos that will test the performance of this design in wet conditions.

I would not overestimate Tesla’s testing in non-California conditions. I mean I know they do some, but probably not nearly enough and their designs tend to reflect this.

A serious rainstorm can easily overwhelm that gutter. Hatchbacks/liftbacks deal with this problem much better. This car should have been a liftback.

I realize they wanted rigidity, but in this market segment practicality is very important.

I think this is way more of a PITA than the single center screen. In real life, people will get used to that in a couple of hours. But you can`t “get used” to not fitting things into your car that you were used to. It’s a real limitation that won’t go away.

In this market segment sedans far outsell liftbacks.

LMFAO, our resident serial anti-Tesla troll and numerous brand new usernames are now whining about….the rain gutter and the Model 3 trunk that no one here as seen yet in person, much less experienced in the rain???

Must be getting pretty desperate!

Look, Musk has said that the Model 3 trunk will fit a bicycle so until we get to see this in person I for one am not going to panic (of course, I’m not trying to spread FUD either).

Being that the Model 3 is a sedan, it will mainly compete with the luxury German mid-range sedans and THAT is the comparison that needs to be made as far as ALL specifications including the trunk (and its rain gutter if you are over the top anal about everything).

If anyone knows about whining, it’s you Get Real.

Troll harder sven because once you start complaining about getting rain in the trunk you are really starting to look petty.

Just don’t start whining when your collection of tinfoil hats starts rusting, because you decided to transport them in the trunk of a Model 3 on a rainy day, and they got soaked by a torrent of water coming off the back window spilling into the trunk. Just sayin’.

Well, let me start.

I don’t have any tinfoil hats, but since you are not very bright obviously–tinfoil doesn’the rust!

Get Real said: “I don’t have any tinfoil hats. . .”

LOL! Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt!

I’m pretty sure your tinfoil hat collection is mostly knockoffs made of who knows what type of metal.

P.S.: Please tell the B-52s that the rusted roof on their Love Shack isn’t actually made of tin.



Why would it matter to you anyway?
After all, you are not interested in this car, so what’s the point?
And BTW, you might know, because you know so much, that rain isn’t permanent.
So if its rain so hard you will just get soaked just getting out of the car.
In that time it would be very well advise just to not open the trunk, or get the car in a place where you have shelter to do so.
Why complicated something so simple to solve?
Why complicated someting so simple to solve?

Who said I’m not interested in this car? It’s not always going to be so simple to solve. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the rain to stop before you open the trunk, or the luxury of moving the car to shelter from the rain before opening the trunk. Where am I going to find shelter when I park a Model 3 on a Manhattan street in a downpour and I need to get something out of the trunk? How exactly am I going to be able to leave my trunk open when parked on a street in NYC to dry out my soggy trunk and avoid mold mildew and perhaps rust? And for the record, I didn’t bash Tesla in my comment and even gave Tesla the benefit of the doubt, saying “Tesla most likely designed and tested the Model 3 to prevent this from happening.” There are a bunch of comments in this article discussing the design of the trunk that touch upon its perceived shortcomings, from the opening being too small to fit certain items to ease of hitting your head on the low hanging trunk lid. Why can’t I comment on an apparent… Read more »

Most of the time, Get Real personal attacks me before I even make any comment. He launches a preemptive personal attack!

So should I conclude that Manhattan is a really rainy place to live with no shelter?
And it’s impossible to dry anything?

I would be surprise if this really is an appropriate conclusion.

I worry much more with the opening and space of the trunk, because I need to get my bike and gears in and out easy and fast, like I can in my Leaf.

For the record, being a cyclist, I do participate in cycling event for all and get soaked wet many time.
Those days feel like s..t except when you rally the finish and everyone is so proud and happy that it was just a lot more to share and remember.
Inconvenience become laughter, isn’t that strange?

You should conclude that it would be a big hassle to dry out the trunk of a car when you park on a city street as opposed to parking inside a locked suburban garage. I once owned a Jeep Wrangler with the resin/plastic removable roof. The roof had a actual rain gutter at its edge, which caught the water coming off the roof. Chrysler is its infinite wisdom designed the roof rain gutter with absolutely no drainage or way to empty once it was full. During or after a rain storm if you opened the door an sat in the seat, your weight would compress the suspension on that side of the vehicle, cause a waterfall to cascade onto your lap, seat, and carpet. This created in a mold and mildew problem in my Jeep since I couldn’t just leave the door swung open hours while parked on a city street so that the interior could dry. Leaving the windows closed on a sunny day would leave all the windows fogged up from evaporation. I drilled a hole in resin/plastic gutter end caps to allow them to drain. This seemed to work well, then I discovered at the most inopportune… Read more »

Cue the idiots claiming that if it were a hatchback, you would be able to open it up in “extreme rain” without any “unwanted precipitation” getting in there.

If you don’t want water in the trunk, don’t open it in extreme rain. Same goes for the cabin btw.

That’s what I say and do.

I don’t like trunks. I don’t need/want a glass over rear seats.


Your “Proper hatch” is coming in the Tesla Model Y, hopefully sooner rather than later. Many of us are waiting on the affordable model Y, as it will probably be the preferred hatch “load and go” form factor.

How long is the wait? I hope before the end of 2020, at the very latest. Maybe sooner? Please Elon, bring it soon!

+ 1,000,000

I’ve owned 2 hatches. A Mazda3 hatch, and now a Chevy Volt. I’m hooked.

As much as I want a Tesla in my garage, I don’t know if the ole’Volt will make it 3+ more years (65,000 miles and still going strong, but who knows)

65k and only a few years old and you’re worried it won’t make it to 2020!?!?!? That thing is barely broken in. You could probably drive it another 10 years.

It’s a 2013, manufactured in 2012, so it is actually pushing 5 years old. I drive about 15,000 miles a year.

Assuming the Model Y is on schedule for 2020, AND it’s a quick nation-wide rollout, AND I can get my hands on one of the first, it’ll probably be 2021 before I can get one.

2012 – 2021 will make my Volt 9 years old with approx. 125k miles on it. I’m sure the motor will be fine, and the batteries should be. But it’s all the control electronics that worry me. I’ve heard enough horror stories about dealers not being able to accurately diagnose Gen1 Volt issues when it’s under warranty and on their dime. It’s a little worrisome to think about what will happen when it’s my dime and the car is that much older…

I have a 2013 Volt built a couple months later than yours, John. I have a feeling that early Volts will last a long, long time. I am looking at the III as possibly being my next car, but I also realize that a fully paid off Volt is a tough car to sell.

I have had a flat that was due to road debris, and I lost the center piece of the airdam because I let it scrape fairly vigorously as I pull into my garage. And it once threw a code that corrected itself. Other than that, my car has been flawless.

There are exceptions, but the vast majority of the Volt owners I know have had similar reliability histories. I would bet your Volt will still perform like nearly new in 2022, let alone 2020. The only question I have about mine is what percentage of original AER will be left and how will the paint look.

Eric Belmers volt sparkle, on volstats.net has over 383,000 miles or if u prefer 613,000 Kim’s

You’ll wear out first?

Actually we need an update article on Eric’s Volt Jay pls

When Eric’s Belmers Volt sparkle rolls past 400k, that will be quite a story indeed! Jay, thanks ahead of time, for the insidEV scoop!

I’m about to roll past 100K on my 2013MY. I’m planning on driving it until the Tesla Model Y… So that is where my money is. Not worried about either one!

Meh, the Model Y is very likely be be an ugly bloated version of the Model 3. Just like the X is compared to the S.

As long as aerodynamics will trump good looking design there is unlikely that Tesla will make a nice SUV or CUV.

Model Y should be smaller. more compact version of the X with out the crazy doors which I will likely go away on the X also. They only make sense for the front doors, parking in narrow places. On the rear they never made sense.

Trick will be the towing on the Y. It should have the same 5000# as the X

Well, then you are a NO GO at this station!

The above response is meant for whoever is posting under the new username TrunkNoGo btw.

TrunkNoGo — Well, it isn’t a pickup either, so it also won’t fit the needs of people who want to buy an electric pickup either. It also isn’t a 2-door convertible, so it won’t fit the needs of convertible fans.

What is your point? Are you just stating the obvious that it is going to take a while before Tesla and the rest of the companies building EV’s will be able to match the massive wide variety of ICE choices currently available on the market?

Because you do realize that sedans still greatly outsell hatches in the North American market, right?

This is why my wife isn’t a fan of the Model 3, and wants an eGolf instead; her work requires that she bring supplies to multiple sites, and a hatchback works much better. Everything else that makes the Model 3 “sexier” is secondary to this.

Hitch and a utility trailer, or rent a truck.

Wonder if I can get my road bike in there? Any estimates or actual numbers on the measures of the opening somewhere?

That depends how the rear seats fold down to fit a bike.
Still interesting the pent up demand for Model III vs lack of demand for Bolt in California re $3K discounts being now offered so early.

People are voting with their Wallets.

I believe Elon did say the rear seats will fold down, yes.

As for how well a bicycle will fit in there, I suppose we’ll have to wait and see pictures. Tesla did show us pictures of a bike in the back of both the Model S and the Model X, so hopefully they’ll do the same with the M3.

400k people that would have been interested in the Bolt are standing in line for the Model 3.

The Model S and Model 3 are the only EVs that really have a solution for convenient long range travel. The CCS network in the US has a few well-supported corridors; by coverage it’s about where Tesla was in 2013. And the stations that exist are typically 50 kW with 1 or 2 charge points, i.e. all the infrastructure will need to be rebuilt with vehicles with 100-150 kW charge capability come online.

Autopilot is another huge draw for would-be Model 3 owners. Tesla is taking big risks here pushing beta autopilot features but they’re also getting the lion’s share of attention.

The rest of the points of differentiation – hatch vs fastback sedan, branding, driven wheels, appearance, performance, luxury features, etc.. are all really secondary IMO to the two above. Imagine if Tesla sold the Bolt with AP and supercharger access and GM sold the Model 3 without either .. would GM have more success? Would Tesla have less?

I was a model 3 reservation holder who had been waiting for the model 3 for years and just bought a Bolt EV last month. It was a combination of push and pull.


* 3500 off MSRP on a LT (Quirk Chevy in MA) makes it quite reasonable
* BoltEV is actually a pretty darn good car


* Model 3 trunk (hard push)
* Model 3 dash (soft push)

Like others said I think we could have learned to live with the dash. It is really hard to get over that trunk. Oddly the terrible Bolt seats are easier to get over then a very limited trunk.

I’m afraid Tesla might be slightly confused — they’re targeting the BMW 3 series but not even the 3 series sells the volume they’re targeting in that price range. Only small SUVs do. Unfortunately for Tesla the Bolt is closer to a small SUV then the model 3 is.

FWIW, this is not FUD, it is an anecdote.

I drove a Bolt yesterday, in part to check out the so-so seats. Unfortunately, I forgot that I was supposed to be checking out the seats and fixated on the acceleration and handling, which were both kind of quick, not bad for a Chevy. Then I got hung up on the driver info screen, which is different from my Volt and took a bit to get used to.
A very nice drive, all in all. It is a spritely little car with a ton of interior space. Interior materials were ok, not great. But the leather seats were fairly comfortable for this 225 pound, 6’4″ guy, at least for 15 minutes. I don’t get the hate on the seats. After getting in the car I forgot all about them, which is pretty much what should happen when you get in a car.

I would seriously consider Bolt if it could use the Tesla Supercharger network.

Not without removing both wheels I would think.

It might be easier to remove the front wheel and slide it in behind the front seats, assuming no rear seat passengers. The average sedan is wide enough for that, and hopefully the M3 is that wide.

A dirty, muddy road bike belongs belongs on a rear rack, not even on a roof rack :).

What’s up with the big panel gap where the hood and bumper meet on the passenger side of the Silver Model 3?

Make an appointment with your optometrist soon.

Or better yet, get someone to do it for you, since obviously you can’t see clearly enough to write down the date and time of your appointment. 🙄

These gaps have been endlessly discussed on Tesla forums. The consensus is that they are real, and that these cars are being built by hand.

The troll formerly known as Lensman is the one who needs to see an optometrist for a stronger prescription. Although that panel gap is big, it’s nowhere near as big as the gap between your thick skull and pea-sized brain. 😀

The same thing that is “up” with your endless Tesla-bashing sven.

There is no there–there.

Get Real said “There is no there–there.”

I sense that you make no sense-sense.

It’s a saying by Gertrude Stein. Blame her before insulting your enemies.

I’m pretty sure Gertrude Stein didn’t create or add the hyphenated word “there-there” to the English lexicon. Regardless, her quote/saying makes absolutely no sense when used in the context above. Google its meaning if you don’t believe me. In the context above, it makes about as much sense as using Groucho Marx’s quote: “I never smelt a smelt like that smelt smelt.”

I for some reason am picturing Crocodile Dundee saying “that’s not a trunk”…

Crocodile Dundee is an a-hole Tesla hater!

I’m not sure what’s worse, the tiny unusable trunk on the Model 3 or the tiny uncomfortable seats on the Bolt. I’m disappointed with the 200-mile options we have so far.

Trunk is the same size as BMW 3 Series. That’s BMW’s best volume seller, in case you weren’t aware.

“Rare Image Of Tesla Model 3 With Trunk Open” – when I saw that, I thought “porn for Tesla fanboys”.

Yeah whatever, get a life.

Perhaps, you should take your own advice. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The glass roof is confirmed as an optional extra, so what’s to stop the standard metal roof having a normal hatch?

Yes, they could have installed regular hatch since metal roof is standard. Puzzling.

Anyway since the roof extends to the rear end, there should be more passenger space relative to the cars of that size.

And a trunk with 14 cu. ft. is great for a compact car. What about Frunk.

Lets wait for the full specs.