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There is storage in all 4 doors -- thats nice as the S has no storage in the doors which is a pain.

They redesigned the cupholders which is also great as the ones in the S (without the new console they just started including) are total crap.

They also seemed to improve the armrests which is good as the placement and stiffness of the S ones aren't great.

Im sure in many ways the 3 will be better than my current S.

Anyone get a good look at the rear view mirror, sun visors? Hoping they didnt mess that up like they did on the X.
 

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I would bet the outside and inside handles are still a work in progress. They messed it up on the S (although mine have been flawless from day 1) and the X button placement/function is a mess. I think they're going to tweak them on the 3.

Even at the event there were different styles to be seen.

I watched a ton of the videos. Gave a lot of good information.
 
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I would bet the outside and inside handles are still a work in progress. They messed it up on the S (although mine have been flawless from day 1) and the X button placement/function is a mess. I think they're going to tweak them on the 3.

Even at the event there were different styles to be seen.

I watched a ton of the videos. Gave a lot of good information.
What's the issue with the handle?
 

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The doors have buttons in the interior grab handles for opening the doors instead of the usual levers. In one of those videos the passenger in the back shows it. Can't remember which one but I posted it in the link above.
 

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On the S there have been continual issues with the handles not popping out when they should etc. Not everyone has the issue but its been a recurring theme. Mine have been fine except when the car was covered in ice (literal ice) as you'd expect.

The Model X they made the press point in the middle of the silver "handle" area so its not intuitive. Also for those that won't have the auto-open doors the press one area then grab another area (edge of door) to open is more work than a traditional handle.

I like where they're going on the 3. Simple, less prone to error and still reducing drag and sleek.
 

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I'm with you on the door handles. I thought for sure they would do something similar to the X but I also though in the back of my mind how else could they do flush handles and keep the costs way down and I thought "Aston Martin".

They get the job done and they're not much more difficult to operate.

Now the interior door handles are entirely different. On the prototypes they didn't use levers, they had buttons embedded into the door grab handles. I've them in my details video I'm working on but here's a screen grab so you can see what I mean.

Not sure if this is final but I'd prefer handles myself.

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I'm with you on the door handles. I thought for sure they would do something similar to the X but I also though in the back of my mind how else could they do flush handles and keep the costs way down and I thought "Aston Martin".

They get the job done and they're not much more difficult to operate.

Now the interior door handles are entirely different. On the prototypes they didn't use levers, they had buttons embedded into the door grab handles. I've them in my details video I'm working on but here's a screen grab so you can see what I mean.

Not sure if this is final but I'd prefer handles myself.

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Trev,

Are you saying that here is no mechanical way to open the doors?
I am assuming that they would be operated by the 12V auxiliary battery, which is located up front in the model S.
So, what happens in a front end collision. If the battery is damaged or disconnected, how does one get out of the car.
Just because the Tesla would not run into something does not prevent another driver from running into the Tesla.
Tesla must be aware of this potential problem. Maybe there is a mechanical release hidden somewhere.
 

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This just popped up on the weekend. Nothing new to report but interesting angle and in broad daylight.

I'm pretty OK with the interior as it is now but from this angle I think the centre console is too wide and takes away too much valuable space. I prefer the old Model S without the new centre console.






Anyhow, not too worried since this is just a prototype and Tesla always changes the interior on production cars from what is show on first prototypes.

Model S Prototype interior:



Model X Prototype interior:

 

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The Model X prototype really put me off with the screen sticking above the dash. The production one its embedded in the dash just like the S. I'm hoping they figure something like that out for the 3. That screen "hanging" in space like that bothers me (but I'll live with it if I have to!)
 

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Tesla tried something different with the screen in the Model X prototype in that it extended a bit over the dash. In they end they went with it embedded like the Model S.

Seems that they resurrected the idea with Model 3 and went with a screen that's way out there. Given that the dash is pushed forward there's no way to embed the screen into the dash and still be able to access it without an extended arm reach hence the pedestal. I have a feeling it's going to stay that way, it's mostly the steering wheel and controls that will change with some changes to the interior in the final production cars.

Come on Tesla, give us an augmented reality heads up display!
 

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Every time I see a post about exterior door handles and how complex Tesla has made them, I think of my '76 Corvette and the flush handles that looked good to me and were stupid simple to operate. I'm hoping for clean lines and simple mechanical door handles both on the exterior and in the interior. I do not believe you can make a door easier to open than using what's been around for the best part of a century, you can only make them different and sometimes worse.
 

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The other thing people should beware of is that the Tesla's don't have grab handles. That's been an issue for me with the older parents and less mobile and many have complained about it. I was surprised they didn't add them in the Model X, but given that they didn't I'm not sure we'll see them in the Model 3 either.
 

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The other thing people should beware of is that the Tesla's don't have grab handles. That's been an issue for me with the older parents and less mobile and many have complained about it. I was surprised they didn't add them in the Model X, but given that they didn't I'm not sure we'll see them in the Model 3 either.
I second that, definitely want grab handles, on both sides. And maybe some kind of extended door handle (on the inside) to make it easier to close the door without reaching far out (ouch, my back).
 

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Now that it has been determined that the Model 3 will have one screen and no HUD; I am hoping that it will be able to pivot or be adjusted horizontally and vertically. I hope that you will be able to angle the screen towards the driver so that it is easier to see.
 

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There are photos and videos that show a rather substantial standoff holding the screen in place. It does not appear to be adjustable. I saw no swivel or articulation points.
 

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Any adjust-ability of the position of the screen would eventually cause a weakness... some people will keep this car for the next 10 or 20 years... you want something very strong holding that screen in place... also for cleaning it!