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?

adstein | March 19, 2012

There has been much discussion of the lack of storage and central console but I would also say that the overall interior seems oddly unharmonious in design and materials. For instance I find the air vents to be surprisingly cheap looking. They remind me of gm chrome-plastic from the seventies which invariably ended up chipping over time. One reason that I like European cars is that they tend to use real materials, the plastics tend to be high quality plastic and look and feel right rather than fake chromed plastic.

I also find the trapezoidal gauges and vents to be quite ugly. Finally I see the 17"display as totally jarring, not integrated well at all to the dash. Typing on my fingerprint smudged iPad I dread having that screen constantly smudged every time I get into the car. For me there is no value in replacing nicely designed buttons with this monstrous screen. Buttons last a lifetime, I have never had a screen which lasted as long.

I won't repeat the discussion of why numerous discrete storage pockets are desirable and just say that I fully agree and find the lack of storage problematic.

It seems to me that the interior design was driven by a desire to be different and make a statement rather than real utility and harmonious design. If the exterior design is a 9, the interior is a 2.

So this is all quite negative but I expect that I will still buy the car because I want to support an American car company making EVs. However, I doubt the general public will be willing to accept such an inferior interior design and execution.

Chris DC | March 19, 2012

It seems to me that the interior design was driven by a desire to be different and make a statement rather than real utility and harmonious design.

That is my impression as well. It is a very unfortunate choice. I was very happy in the beginning to see that Tesla chose a real world design for the model s, unlike many other manufacturers' design studies for EVs that could have been taken right out of a scifi B movie. It is too bad that Tesla has not brought the exterior beauty into the interior design.

I was impressed by Elon again after watching 60 minutes on SpaceX. It is impressive how he manages to run two challenging companies at the same time. Let us hope TM will make adjustments based on the customer feedback. Based on roadster experience where they have been doing just that I am hopeful that this will be the case.

stephen.kamichik | March 19, 2012

The cars at SR had BETA written on them. They are obviously NOT production cars. Let us wait and see what the final product will be.

adstein | March 19, 2012

Boy do I hope that you are right and that major improvements are still possible; however, given that the interior design studio is being shown at the stores it certainly seems as if the design has been finalized.

Brian H | March 19, 2012

Is the interior design studio being shown at the stores? I saw no mention of that.