TESLA Model S DASHBOARD - Are they really going to put that DASH into production?

TESLA Model S DASHBOARD - Are they really going to put that DASH into production?

I was looking at the interior photo, of the Tesla S Model, and noticed that the dashboard flows to the right, undivided, and downward until it reaches the center console area, at the floor. Am I the only one who thinks this looks ridiculous? Over the years, I've noticed that, for the most part, only the Asian and German car makers can make semi-flawless car interiors. The Americans always seem to screw-up their interiors with one or more, well chosen, eye-sores. Is Tesla going to fall into this category as well? For me, ugly interiors are deal breakers. I opted not to purchase the Ford Escape Hybrid due to it's dinosaur era steering wheel. I'd really hate to be pushed out of the Tesla market simply because of some overly enthusiastic designer's dash concept gone wrong. I know that I am "also" being ridiculous by nitpicking, like this, when the whole of the car is a light-year jump forward when it comes to economical transportation and reducing carbon footprint; but I never understood why companies ruin perfectly good merchandise by spending extra money to make it worse. Years ago, when I went shopping for a simple cotton shirt at the local department store... the shelves were lined with exactly the shirt I needed, except each shirt had 17 functionless zippers (going horizontally and vertically) which had been "added" purely for cosmetic appeal. Of course, the appearance of these zippers, which someone payed good money to have designed, purchased, and installed, were the very same thing which prevented me from buying the shirt. If my choices are SIMPLE AND PLAIN or TRAIN WRECK, I'll take simple and plain-- any day! Have a look at the Volvo V60 Plug In Hybrid dashboard. This is a plain, but acceptable, dash layout; and I hope Tesla, before production, opts for something similar.

msiano17 | May 15, 2011

The pictures you have seen were likely off the prototype build, not even the alpha build yet. So I would be patient before making any judgements or decisions against Tesla ...

blurry_eyed | May 15, 2011

I can't speak specifically to the dash, but when the prototype was in Seattle, I was talking with the Tesla staff and they indicated that the interior would be much different. For example, there may not be a center console as there was in the prototype.

Also the dash itself would be pushed forward closer towards the hood of the car to increase the interior cabin space and create more room for the rear passengers.

So I'd agree with the post of msiano and say be patient and wait for a Beta build car to get a real sense of what the interior will be like.

danryl | June 17, 2013

Cadillacs have long looked to me like they were designed by a kid- with a lot of straight lines into a hyper-engineered appearance. In contrast the Tesla S looks like a subtle-yet-brilliant rakish sedan from Italy. But the dash looks like a toy instead of a fast handled work station. The large screen takes away from the ride experience. In short, the dash looks like a teenager creation.

Should I notice the quiet, acceleration and absence of vibration? Or might it be that I am interested in using my new car mostly as a computer- on wheels? Which is it?

Buick Rivieras had a lower tech screen in the center of the dash in the mid 1980s. And to drive one was interesting. I played with the dash, as I drove my Dad's, instead of focusing on driving the car.

I want a Tesla S. But I want one w/out the big screen.

lolachampcar | June 17, 2013

Pilots in the how many pilots have MS' have pointed out how much moving to the MS is like going from round "steam" gauges to a glass cockpit in an airplane. Once you get used to it, anything less is just ancient. I have to agree. I guess it is simply a matter of taste. | June 17, 2013

If you have never used a touch screen (tablet, phone or another car), it can seem a bit intimidating, but it really is far better to have the large screen. I don't see any likelihood Tesla will remove it, nor should they. Then again if you've never used a touch screen, it's likely any new luxury car is not going to work for you.

Go ahead and try any other car maker's screen (touch, iDrive, touch pad, or other means). Do something simple like set the navigation to the last destination in history. My guess is without the 500 page manual, you'll spend an incredible amount of time figuring out the layers and layers of menu choices, and if you're real lucky, perhaps you'll find it.

With the large Tesla screen, it can avoid the many layers other makers force you to go through and get you there with a minimum of fuss. The example above takes a few taps in the Model S.