TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Hatch or Notch?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by igotzzoom, Mar 31, 2016.

Tags:
  1. igotzzoom

    igotzzoom Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Messages:
    838
    Location:
    Laguna Hills, CA
    Can I get first-person feedback from anyone that is/was at the event, or any definitive pictures one way or the other?
     
  2. Trev Page

    Trev Page Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Messages:
    576
    Location:
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
    I was going over some videos from the event, it's a liftback just like the Model S. Which is perfect.
     
  3. igotzzoom

    igotzzoom Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Messages:
    838
    Location:
    Laguna Hills, CA
    Link...when you get a chance. :) Gracias.
     
  4. Tree95

    Tree95 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2014
    Messages:
    192
    Location:
    Usa
    I dunno about that. Elon says the glass is one solid piece back there. It does seem likely it will open like an S.
     
  5. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2007
    Messages:
    7,053
    #5 stopcrazypp, Mar 31, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2016
    Full pictures here, have at it:
    Tesla Model 3 unveiled, deliveries begin late 2017 (pictures) - Roadshow

    Edit: nevermind, the pictures don't really show the trunk lines that well, so can't really tell. Looks more like a hatch than a notch, but hard to tell.
     
  6. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    138
    Location:
    United States
    It looks like the whole piece of rear glass will lift up with the metal back and sides all the way above the rear doors. A variation on the model S hatchback.
     
  7. igotzzoom

    igotzzoom Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Messages:
    838
    Location:
    Laguna Hills, CA
  8. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    138
    Location:
    United States
    It looks like they're just not ready to show it yet. I was kind of surprised when Musk walked off stage without opening anything.
     
  9. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2007
    Messages:
    7,053
    Yeah, I edited it afterwards since looking through, it isn't obvious from the trunk lines whether it is a hatch or a notch. Sorry about that.
     
  10. trils0n

    trils0n 2013 P85

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Messages:
    1,296
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    The rear opening was the only thing that concerned me about the reveal. The press kit pictures seem to indicate that the rear opening will hinge at the C pillars, but the glass extends past the C pillars, so I'm having trouble imagining how it will open. Will the metal part open while the glass stays fixed? If so that will compromise cargo loading.
     
  11. ucla107

    ucla107 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2016
    Messages:
    17
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I hope so! That would be a deal breaker for me
     
  12. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2011
    Messages:
    3,572
    Location:
    Ithaca, NY, USA
    I also want to see how the trunk opens. Mystified right now...
     
  13. Nomad

    Nomad Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2014
    Messages:
    90
    Location:
    NE Indiana
    Pic for reference

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    138
    Location:
    United States
    #14 Tanquen, Mar 31, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2016
    What would normally be the trunk lid will lift with the glass and a metal frame underneath the glass that connects to what would be the trunk lid. So the complete piece hinges at the top and the metal trunk lid peace and what's underneath the glass and the glass all in one piece. Like most hatchbacks but you just don't see metal all the way around the glass from the outside.
     
  15. sitter_k

    sitter_k Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    386
    Location:
    Toronto (GTA)
    upload_2016-4-1_2-1-30.png
    Notice the seam in the metal half way down the back glass bet it opens up over the solid glass
     

    Attached Files:

  16. igotzzoom

    igotzzoom Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Messages:
    838
    Location:
    Laguna Hills, CA
    So kinda sorta like the BMW 5-Series GT, except bigger, right?
     
  17. bredi

    bredi Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2014
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    San Francisco
  18. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    138
    Location:
    United States
    I think so but way nicer with no Metal at the top of the glass from the outside. And the base metal trunk lid being wider like an inverted T shape to the whole hatch that will swing up.
     
  19. EcoHeliGuy

    EcoHeliGuy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2012
    Messages:
    545
    Location:
    Canada
    Looks like a trunk not a lift gate, the the rear looks the same as the model S, but the glass stays put.
     
  20. Skotty

    Skotty 2014 Model S P85

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1,440
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    #20 Skotty, Mar 31, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2016
    I was wondering this myself. I would guess one of two possibilities. First, is that it hinges at the first break in the glass. But that is way far forward. It could be done, but it would definitely be a little strange. Second, is that it is double hinged, once at the first glass break and another somewhere in between; in this configuration, the glass would lift up away from the metal a little staying above the metal and sliding over top of the metal as the metal part opens underneath it. This would be more complicated, but entirely possible and would be pretty cool to see too.

    I can't see it working any other way without it's functionality being compromised in a way that would disappoint, and they definitely don't want to disappoint.

    But then, maybe I'm expecting too much here. Hopefully, if the glass is fixed, the opening is bigger than it looks like it would be from the pictures.
     

Share This Page