Submitted by pavel on Tue, 2017-03-28 08:03
Try to put all your defensive comments aside and her me out. This is meant to raise valid concerns, not to downplay Tesla or the Model 3 in any capacity.
I did not expect anything fancy and luxurious with this car. I was never basing my expectation off the S and the X. I'm well aware that they are totally different segments. My main issue is not the lack of an HUD. I could care less if there was one. I've had heated debates over the recent news and the confirmations that Elon provided in his Twitter storm.
Here's how I feel and hopefully this resonates with some of you. I love the car, I think it's absolutely gorgeous on the exterior and Tesla delivered way more than what I was expecting on that front. So far so good. Interior... I like it. It's simple, clean and stylish. That's how it should be. We saw a glimpse of an unfinished interior in the 1st unveil. I took with with a grain of salt (assuming improvements will be made and it will be developed into a more polished version). Now I am lead to believe based on what Elon recently said that they're keeping that one screen and that's it. Ok.... It's been a year! A full year. If you're not introducing more functionality to the interior, then what did you do for a whole year? Again, my issue is not the lack of an HUD or a toaster or a butler in the car. Fancy technology is a selling point and prerogative for the S and the X. However, I think a bare dash with a 15" iPad" is lackluster and not functional. Here's why:
- Where am I looking for my proximity sensor information?
- Where am I looking for my energy usage
- If everything is handled from that center display. what happens if it malfunctions. I'm blind ?
- Basic information that I need to glance at should be in front of my face not off to the side, no ?
- You're catering a car to a fully-autonomous type of drive which as much as I appreciate, I don't necessarily want forced on me. I love driving and will still want to manually drive far into the future even if we switch to fully autonomous cars sooner rather than later.
Again, my only frustration and disappointment with this car so far has been the overly simplistic interior. I love simple and and minimalist anything. In this case though, this feels like cutting corners to the point where functionality is impacted. I know the car has to be kept affordable, but that does not have to equal cheap.
I hope there's still tricks up Elon's sleeve and the final version delivers something that makes me put my foot in my mouth. I've still kept the reservation cause it's a dumb thing to cancel based off of a couple of tweets.
If you're gonna try and sell me on the idea of a sole center display, you can't. If you're gonna fire back with a smart comment you can keep it to yourself. I'm not looking for die-hard Tesla groupies that will love anything that rolls of the production line. I think improvement comes from feedback like this and decisions have to be challenged in order for that car to become the best possible version of itself.