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[Rumors] Spoke to an Insider Yesterday...

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by MrJones390, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. MrJones390

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    And he said the following:

    -Model 3 looks very similar to Model S, just smaller and without luxury features like leather seats
    -Cost saving is due to Gigafactory, smaller battery and economy features
    -Possible release of smaller, stripped down Model X at same time (not sure if name is Model Y)

    We'll see if this is true next month!
     
  2. ecarfan

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    Note that the Base S does not have leather seats. They are an option.
    I am sure they will also be an option for the 3. How "similar" the 3 will look compared to the S is of course a subjective judgement. I for one will bet that the 3 front end will look very different. Rear may well be similar, and side profile will likely be similar except for a higher rear deck to give the second row passengers more headroom. That is necessary because of the shorter wheelbase and the fact that the motor/inverter is just behind the rear seats.
     
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  3. Bimbels

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    Hmm. When the media speculated there would be 2 reveals that was immediately shot down by Tesla. They reiterated only 1 car would be revealed.

    Cost savings statements aren't exactly rumor- they were addressed by Elon on the earnings report call.

    I would be very happy with a smaller MS (with X nose) but we'll see...
     
  4. Brad_NC

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    I would love it if the Model ≡ and Model Y were released at the same time. Though I don't think it would be in Tesla's best interest to do so. Also, yes, Tesla has said that the releases would separate (but, maybe they are just gearing up for a big surprise for us?).

    Leather Seats not being an option is ridiculous. But I don't think that any of us expect them to be standard.

    Hard to guess the appearance, I won't even speculate the overall appearance, because the options are too vast.


    Model S and Model X both look very nice IMO. I'd be very happy with a "small" version of either one of them. Though, I believe that we'll see a mix of their styling, with something fresh added in.


    It will be great to see what really happens!
     
  5. MiamiNole

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    I'd be extremely happy with a smaller Model S, although I'd definitely be disappointed if leather were not even an option. Can't see how they'd consider themselves a 3 series competitor if they are that bare bones.
     
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    Leather is no longer an option on the S. Base textile seats and Next Gen seats only. Not sure of the material for Next Gen seats.
     
  7. tga

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    Next Gen is leather, leather is Next Gen...
     
  8. rnelsonee

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    Next Gen seats are leather

    Next Gen seats are leather, so leather is an option, but it's just not called that :)
     
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    Good to know! I recalled there was some Vegan uprising that Elon succumbed to. Thought it was ALL the seats!
     
  10. ratsbew

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    The model S is a beautiful car (it's my dream car after all), but I'm hoping for something a bit different. Who knows if this is good intel or not.
     
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    Never thought leather to be luxury. All my friends in council houses (state owned) had them when I was growing up. With the problems of creases, sweat etc always thought it was lame and prefer cloth.

    Good to hear about the Y and 3 at same time. If true.
     
  12. TEG

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    We discussed this at length on the forums in the past. The preoccupation with leather for seats seams to be a somewhat USA centric thing.
    If you get a high end luxury car here (like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc.) they tend to all have leather, and cloth is only for their entry level vehicles.

    I think some Americans are surprised when they travel to Europe and find cloth seats in a high end vehicle.

    I once custom ordered a Lexus with cloth seats normally only available in Japan on that trim level. The dealer tried hard to talk me out of it saying it would kill the resale value...
     
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  13. malcolm

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    I'm with ratsbew. Hoping for something a bit different, but then since Model3 is all about driving down costs and Tesla knows every issue with making the S then this makes sense.

    Hope they can keep the same size battery pack and passenger cell and just shrink the frunk.
     
  14. Brad_NC

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    I would love to see a super sporty version offered with neoprene or something similar, instead of leather.
     
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    I still don't believe there will be a different car unveiled. But for the other two points, I thought those are most people expecting already?
     
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    I would love a smaller Model X simply for more headroom. I'm not a SVU fan but Tesla's style and all electronic eliminates a lot of the issue I have with them. I don't know how I'm going to wait another month!
     
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    Hmm... a leak designed to spur discussion maybe... towards the all-vegan interior concept ?

    I don't splurge for premium manufacturer seats (though I've considered aftermarket) but I am absolutely sure some sort of "Premium" seat will be offered in the Model 3.

    As for the general love of leather I bet more than anything it is the smell of leather which lasts much longer than the "new car smell" giving the sign of wealth in the Cadlillac / New Yorker (with ahem Corinthian Leather) set :cool:
     
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    I've never liked leather myself. Not a vegan. Had a couple of hotdogs for lunch. I just don't like the feel of it.
     
  19. stopcrazypp

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    Personally I don't care, but I think not even having it as an option would kill a lot of sales in the US.
     
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    You don't actually think there was any real meat in those hotdogs, do you? :tongue:
     

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