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Cloth seats?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by TEG, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    I hope I can get cloth seats on a fully optioned Model 3.
    For some strange reason, US car companies tend to assume you want leather if you get other options.
    In Europe, and many other places, it is more usual to see cloth on a higher end vehicle.

    Some related threads from the Model S forum section:
    Cloth or Leather seats
    Cloth Seats vs. Leather Seats

    The cloth seats on eGolf look fairly nice:
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    BMW i3 cloth:
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  3. BluestarE3

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    Yes, I'm hoping to be able to get cloth seats too on something other than just the base model.
     
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    plankeye That Vegan EV Guy

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    Me too, just not black!!!
     
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    For the Model S you can get cloth seats on a $120K P90DL. Somehow I don't imagine they will limit it to the base model on the 3.
     
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    Cloth seats are actually considered an upgrade from the synthetic leather that is base in many luxury cars, at least in non US markets (where cloth is seen as a step below real and fake leather). However it's pretty high end cloth.

    I would be very surprised if the seating surfaces on the base Model 3 are cloth as none of the competitors in the entry luxury segment offer anything other than leatherette as a starting point and Elon has repeatedly said the Model 3 will be "nicer than anything else" in the segment.

    Now personally I love how cloth seats feel but I hate how the hold up over time and I especially hate how in the dry climate I live in they give you a nice electric shock every time you exit the vehicle.
     
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    #7 TEG, Apr 26, 2016
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    The cloth seats in my other vehicles have always held up very well...
    Here is a pic I just took of the seats in my 1988 MR2 (with 130K mile on the ODO):
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    No tears, rips, holes, or anything. Seems like new still.
    This car is always parked on the street. Never garaged.

    Good quality cloth can be very durable.

    And I never get any static shocks from them. Maybe there is enough humidity where I live so that isn't a problem. Or maybe some seat materials are less prone to static build-up.
     
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    I guess some kind of Alcantara / fake Suede isn't bad either
     
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  11. Az_Rael

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    I don't normally like cloth seats, but I do totally dig that cloth/leather combo on the BMW i3! I would be all over something like that.
     
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  12. plankeye

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    Cloth is the new leather! Let's save some cows! Tesla vegan interior FTW!
     
  13. EcoHeliGuy

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    I have always preferred cloth, and after our last car, the wife votes cloth as well.
     
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    I've been saying this on every configuration thread/poll that's been put up here in the hopes it gets noticed by the mother ship, and there does seem to be a lot of folks here who also want a properly bolstered sport seat in cloth. The last car I had that in was a 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20V, which had fabulous cloth Recaros. Here's hoping we get such an option on the 3.
     
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    I am curious on how others think of microfiber cloth for the seats?

    My wife has light gray microfiber cloth seats in her honda crv from 5 years ago and it is hold up well. It looks clean where as my nissan leafs black cloth seats shows the dirt and crumbs more vividly and looks more dirty.

    I probably won't get leather because I don't want the maintenance and dont want the temperature shock of leather seats. No animal killings is a bonus.
     
  16. Az_Rael

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    I own a cat. No microfiber anything for me. That stuff bonds to cat hair and you can not get it out.

    I also don't want "alcantara" although I know its all the rage in sports cars. We have it in our Audi and it always looks a bit unkept due to the butt prints that get left sitting on it.
     
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    As long as I have an option other than black I'm down with the cloth. The i3 interior looks beautiful in that example.
     
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  18. StraightDave

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    The problem with cloth is, it's hard to get out the fart smell after years of filling the seat with ass gas.
     
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    We have a Nissan Leaf with a cloth interior and it's great! I have had leather for so long that it seemed like a bit of a downgrade at first; however, the Leaf even has seat heaters in which seems unusual for cloth interiors of my past. With cloth, you really wouldn't need cooled seats in the summer. Wear is pretty good too, but those photos of the 1980's MR2 are impressive!
     
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    I will order black cloth seats & put tan sheepskins on the fronts.
     

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