Model S Final Interior (Dashboard, Infotainment Screen, & Console?)

Model S Final Interior (Dashboard, Infotainment Screen, & Console?)

Since all of us reservation holders are waiting to see the final Model S interior (Dashboard, Infotainment screen integration, and console/or not?), it occurred to me that the Model X dashboard/integration actually looks quite GOOD! Is this . . perhaps the final Model S dashboard?? If so, bring it on!

I'm just really surprised that we are only 4 - 5 months from Model S production, and customers have not yet SEEN the final interior. Any comments?

Volker.Berlin | February 17, 2012

My thoughts: It's not unlikely that a) the Model X' dashboard is an evolution of the Model S beta dashboard, and b) that both will share the same final design (with minor tweaks to adjust for vehicle size seat position, etc.). Alas, the Model X prototype and published views of the dashboard do not indicate a center console, either.

Mycroft | February 17, 2012

I obviously think they built on the Model S, but I'm too much of a pessimist to hope that the final design of the S will feature that awesome looking floating display.

Here's how I really feel about it over at TMC:

The Froq | February 17, 2012

I saw the Model X during the event and loved the interior very much.

I don't think Tesla will use it in the Model S......but I am looking forward to see the special Performance edition!

Volker.Berlin | February 17, 2012

awesome looking floating display (Mycroft)

Interesting. Opinions can be sooo different. It looks more stuck-on aftermarket iPad-with-duck-tape than ever. What's there to like about it?

Volker.Berlin | February 17, 2012

(Brian H, yes, duct tape obviously.)

ThomasN | February 17, 2012

Tesla is not Q branch creating a car for Bond. This is a car for Jean Luc Picard.

Make it so...

Mycroft | February 17, 2012

Trying to integrate such a large display into the dash is, IMHO, futile. Better to highlight it.

Brian H | February 17, 2012

Remember that the X is a higher vehicle; it can't be a clone of the S interior. Which brings up a point: what's the "head space" like in the X?

Brian H | February 17, 2012

Jesus tape!

David M. | February 17, 2012

@Mycroft - "Trying to integrate such a large display into the dash is, IMHO, futile. Better to highlight it."

Very good point. I think that's why I like the Model X dash so much better than the Beta Model S dash.

I'm told that Tesla is done with the Model S dash and interior. They are waiting until the Design Studio is complete to show photos of the interior to reservation holders. I don't know why they can't just take some of the photos and put them in the Gallery in the meantime.

Well then, let the speculation continue. Love that floating display in the Model X. Hope we'll get something similar in the Final Model S design.

sailindude | February 17, 2012

Is an anti theft system included in this pricey ride?

Robert.Boston | February 17, 2012

My customer rep said that the newer Beta interior (e.g., the Santana Row beta) is similar enough to the final that, if you took your glasses off, you wouldn't notice significant differences. Of course, I'm quite myopic, so that gives a lot of room for changes, but certainly not all the way to the Model X dash.

Which is fine by me. The Model X display mount is an accident waiting to happen.

David M. | February 18, 2012

@Robert.Boston - Thanks for the info. Does anybody have photos of the dashboard from the newer Santana Row Beta?

Schlermie | February 18, 2012

I was at Santana Row last weekend, and I thought the front seats looked more contoured than when I last saw them a few months earlier. I just assumed it was senility kicking in again. That was the only meaningful change I noticed though. The dashboard seemed to be the same. I'll have to go down there again this weekend and study it more closely.

@DavidM, I'll get some photos.

Schlermie | February 18, 2012

I stopped by the Santana Row store this afternoon, but there was nothing remarkable about the Beta interior there. It looks the same as the one I saw a few months ago. The store employee there said it was wheeled into the store around December. Here are a couple photos if there of interest to anyone...

David M. | February 18, 2012

Thanks for the photos. The dash looks just like it did on Oct. 1.
So, if that was 90% complete, I don't know what the other 10% could be.

Mycroft | February 19, 2012

Cupholders! :-D

vouteb | February 19, 2012

Thanks, hope they do add centre console(in the front)

gagliardilou | February 24, 2012

my only thought is in 20 years (probably 10) the dash on the model s will look so old compared to the newer dashes that integrate much better. That doesn't bother me though because hopefully people will want to collect those older electric cars!

Tom A | February 25, 2012

Thanks for the pics!!

It's been a long time since cars haven't had a center console (I'm thinking of my grandparents' early 90s Cadillac Sedan de Ville, my parents' '77 Buick station wagon and '80 Malibu sedan).

It would take some getting used to, but I don't think I'd mind. There are still cupholders and armrests. The only thing I'd miss is a place to put my iPod. They might have that, though - can't tell from the pics what sort of cubbies they have built-in or where the USB ports are.

Without the tech package, what do you use to start the car? Is there a key, or just a fob and a start button somewhere? I don't see a slot to insert a key on the steering column or anywhere along the dash. I don't recall seeing a start button anywhere, either, in these photos or in the pics and videos of the interior.

Oh, well. We'll find out soon enough. Can't wait!

Leofingal | February 25, 2012

@Tom A - I think the car is "on" when the driver's seat belt is fastened, and the driver is present (key in pocket for example).

ddruz | February 26, 2012

For those who have seen the betas: What is under the arm rests? Is there any type of storage compartment? If not, is this something Tesla might be considering? In most cars I've owned the arm rests hinge and there is storage beneath.

prash.saka | February 26, 2012

The cup holders are under the arm rests. If you aren't using the cup holders, just slide the armrest to cover them.

On the backside of the armrest, there is a vent for the rear passengers, but without any climate controls.

~ Prash.

The Froq | February 26, 2012

@Tom A

When you have the fob in your pocket....just sit and put the car on D.....

There is a switch in the chair. No start or stop button.

Larry Chanin | February 28, 2012

It's possible that the Model X dashboard design is Tesla's idea of an evolved Model S design, but I don't see a significant difference between the two designs. If the floating display swivels so that it can be viewed by the front passenger when needed, then there might be a functional advantage over the Model S dashboard. Otherwise, I prefer the aesthetics of the Model S.

As long as Tesla is still engaged in safety testing, and continuing to make interior design modifications in an attempt to achieve a perfect rating, then I think it is unlikely we will see photos of the interior changes. I think when the release candidate is ready and the interior changes have been completed, then we will see the final version of the Design Studio.


Discoducky | February 29, 2012
Volker.Berlin | February 29, 2012

Discoducky, thanks for sharing! The Model S' dash isn't limited by power, space or weight -- not in the smartphone/tablet scale of these things, anyway. Thus, a separate chip implementing LTE may be a way to go, while keeping the Tegra processor for all the other jobs.

clea | February 29, 2012

That is true for the Tegra 3 but should not be an issue if they get they ship with the Tegra 4. The problem is the release dates as stated here ( they say only available in early 2013 ...

David M. | February 29, 2012

@Larry - When I asked a Tesla rep two weeks ago, the answer was that the interior was complete. They were refining the photos and the design center. I don't think Tesla has been tweaking the Model S interior.

Jason S | February 29, 2012

As Volker.Berlin says, a separate LTE modem can be packaged with larger devices that use the Tegra 3. Qualcomm is just causing problems in the integrated device market like smartphones where every mm counts.

But I dunno if we'll get LTE either. I suspect not, which is ok for now. Might have upgrades in a few years.

BYT | March 1, 2012

Hopefully these are just modules that can be swapped out and upgraded since you can't replace the car like you do your iPhone or Android based handset!

Niels | March 2, 2012

The dash looks like a cross between a Lada and a pickup truck from the 70ties where a time-traveller has stuck his XXL iPad to dashboard with a piece of chewing gum.

And I didn't even mention the banana leaf and the other recycled junk.


I have now cancelled my reservation made in 2009.
I had reservation #10, good grief ...

Volker.Berlin | March 2, 2012

Niels, that's one of those actions that I do not understand at all. If you held your reservation for 3 years, why not hold it for another couple of months until you can see the actual production car in person? Of course it's none of my business, but I can't see how that's a reasonable response to the reveal of some Beta cars.

BYT | March 2, 2012

@Niels, there are over 5,000 people who would have loved to trade spots with ya!

Niels | March 2, 2012

Volker, the Model X is just as ugly and I am sure the current Model S design is final. Cars, houses and other stuff always looks better in photographs so I doubt the Model S will look better in real life. The first Tron-like design had some promise, this retro stuff is simply so ugly I cannot even be bothered to take the train to Genf from Zurich to see it next week.

I still admire the technical design and may buy a Tesla if they survive the next few years and change the interior design.

Check this review: Tesla ruiniert seinen Ruf

BYT, what is your spot? You can have mine for free if Tesla allows it. As long as they pay my deposit back I don't mind :)

BYT | March 2, 2012

My number isn't too bad, it's not 10! I am P1,837, I know others here who are in the 6k range, ouch, unless Elon can crank them out at the higher rate that I have read on here. It's very kind of you to offer however and no doubt that if you extended the offer to others here that they would cancel their high number and hand you the $5k back instead. :)

Peak Oil bruin | March 2, 2012

Niels, I'd love to take the BYB train from Geneva to Zurich. Swiss scenery beats the scheiss out of Chicago-Milwaukee-Detroit. Disclaimer: I market Calendaria (Immensee) product in the US/Canada.
Hoffentlich, the flat-world ipad pasted dash receives much needed contour!

TikiMan | March 2, 2012


I don't disagree with your prospective. Unfortunately, I don't see anything else on the horizon anytime soon that will come close to what Tesla has done. Also, here where I live (Southern California) compared to where you live, our public transportation is 100 years behind the times, our state nearly broke, and our freeway infrastructure a good five million vehicles over capacity, and getting more crowded every month. With that said, the Model S will be the ONLY luxury car available (until the Model X), that will be allowed to travel single-occupancy in the ride-share lane (also known as car HOV or carpool lane), thus cutting my 120 mile round trip commute time down by a good 20% to 30%.

Also, I am not sure what you gas prices are like where you live, however, here they are skyrocketing higher and higher by the day here, and as I have estimated, will likely end up by this June, well over twice what they were last year.

If I had designed the interior of the S, things would look a lot different (and I have spent a fair amount of time in three beta model’s at this point). I actually find the Fisker Karma interior design more to my liking (other than lack of modern technology), however, the Karma fails in just about every other area besides looks

Crow | March 2, 2012

Niels, you cancelled your 3 year reservation right before the production interior is revealed because you don't like the Beta interior? I don't understand. It makes me your real nma Degusta?

Niels | March 2, 2012

Kroneai, just like software a Beta is what you test and tweak just before final release. You don't start rewriting all the code. They also seem to have group-thunk themselves into that it is nice, why else use the same ideas in Model X.

cybercop | March 2, 2012

I will take that reservation if you are offering it up. Same username at gmail.

For what it is worth, I hate that the beta went backwards from the alpha interior, but I am not getting out of line before at least a test drive in the final.

JohnQ | March 2, 2012

I sat in the beta for the first time this week. The first thing that struck me was the sheer size of the touch screen. It's a bit overwhelming. The second thing I noticed was the sheer simplicity of the interior. With the exception of the touchscreen and the (imagined) road, everything else literally disappeared. I can appreciate the design philosophy that underpinned the interior and the Zen-like driving state that it can induce.

Having said that, I still don't know whether I like it or not. Some luxury buyers like the clean simplicity of Rothko, others like Monet, it's simply a matter of individual tastes. The interior does not scream luxury car but it may be a luxury experience as the superfluous things recede into the background.

I'll await the test drive before I make a final decision.

foto | March 2, 2012

@Niels, I'm sorry you had to leave the Tesla family but if you honestly don't mind to trade with me I would love to take your spot. I'm #4975 and would love to move all the way to the front. I called in to Tesla today to make a few inquiries and to get an idea of when I can be expecting my Tesla, seems more like early next year. I understand this might not be in line with TM's policy to trade but I'm sure we can work something out. Let me know if you're willing to go through the trouble. Send me an email

brianman | March 3, 2012

@Kroneal - " your real name..."
Let's not make these kinds of comments please. At best it's potentially objectionable humor.

@Niels - You make a good point regarding group-think and same ideas showing up in Model X. It does send the message you're describing. I don't know whether that's intentional or because, like they did with MB parts in the prototype S, they're saving costs by not investing a lot of interior stuff in the X yet. By that I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if S beta and pre-beta parts were used in the X unveil rather than specially fabricated for the X.

ddruz | March 3, 2012

There is a picture of the interior dash and open console on the Model S / Features web page. Is this a beta picture that has been up for a while or is this a recent picture of the final interior?

brianman | March 3, 2012

The picture's been up for a while. I think it's from around the Dec (21?) Options/Pricing release timeframe or maybe earlier.

Looking at the actual JPG file, it has some Photoshop related XML embedded in it but I didn't find any timeframe in that data.

brianman | March 3, 2012

Slight correction...

There was info regarding the Photoshop version itself:
Adobe XMP Core 5.0-c061 64.140949, 2010/12/07-10:57:01

So presumably the image was produced after that date.

ddruz | March 3, 2012

brianman: thanks!

Crow | March 3, 2012

Lighten up, Brianman.

Niels | March 3, 2012

Well, I am sorry to say that Tesla just said I could not even give my spot away for free. So there you go; no good deed goes unpunished :) I suppose they just want to be fair.

Good luck with your cars, when you get them.