A few more details about the Model 3 have come in after the test rides at the launch event meriting a third post in less than 24 hours.
The new roof is a very large pane of glass unlike most cars. The hood is lower than on most cars and the panoramic glass extends from the hood all the way to the rear. Using glass the rear passengers have more headroom and also a perception of more physical space.
The Model S has a similar style of roof with the Panoroof / sunroof option. Tesla has engineered the glass to resist excessive heat or glare, and no complaints exist from owners in places like the Arizona desert. Only in extremely cold climates is there a small disadvantage to a glass roof as the roof does not insulate the passengers quite as well from the cold as a some conventional roofs requiring a little more energy to heat the car. This lack of insulation would only affects you if you are trying to sleep in the car and not while driving.
Update: the roof will have three options: the all glass roof, a retractable glass sunroof or a metal roof.
Model 3 Trunk
The Model 3 is not a hatchback like the Model S but has a conventional trunk as you can see from the photo. The front hood also opens up for more storage. Tesla used to call this space a “frunk” but recently I have heard the term “front trunk” used more frequently.
Elon clearly stated that the Model 3 can fit a 7′ surfboard in the interior, which is an impressive specification. Tesla has clearly listened to the customer base who want practical cars. I am looking forward to seeing a demonstration of the surfboard being loaded into the Model 3.
The Model 3 prototype also has a center console for storing items and including cupholders. I think Tesla finally got the message that the majority of drivers want this storage space and hopefully is now a standard on all cars going forward.
Instrument Panel / Touchscreen
The instrument panel is in the middle of the car with a 15” touchscreen. The idea is that both the driver and passengers have access to the information. The Model 3 does not have a separate instrument panel like the Model S; all the information is on the touchscreen.
I like the idea of a unified place to get all the information. I also think repair costs are reduced having the touchscreen not be installed into the dashboard.
I am impressed with the Model 3. I think it looks great, the minimum technical specs are very reasonable, and the storage space seems very good. Tesla clearly has listened to their customers post Model X launch. My only concern for Tesla is that the Model X now seems a little lost in the lineup. The only obvious market is a wealthy family with young children that generally live a city based lifestyle that is not hampered by the Model X carrying capabilities.