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Was the Model 3 Trunk Opening Changed at All?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by mdevp, Oct 29, 2016.

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  1. Zaphod

    Zaphod Galaxy President (former)

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    I'm sure any of the items you mention will be no problem with the opening size.
     
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    I had the same thought. I think the second split is just to mirror the charge port door as you noted. If you look at the protoypes, the charge port door had the same seam:
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    I think this IS one of the original prototypes with AP2 cameras added. There is nothing else different from this car and the first prototypes we saw a year ago.

    I think he's fooling us. We get down about this being final and then they roll out the real finished product.
     
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    Ditto. No way any of that won't fit.
     
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    Hey, if the relatively small trunk opening of the Model 3 doesn't let you fit in bigger items, you guys can pick up a used "beater" Bolt next year to handle such utility runs to fit in bulky items. Since most 3 reservation holders won't get their 3 until probably 2nd half of next year at the earliest anyways, there should be some used '17 Bolts available by then. 56.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats down. ;)
     
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    Actually, (besides being an EV), the usable space in the back of this vehicle is the only thing I like about it. It's tall, but not very horizontally deep.
     
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    Looks like they inserted the charge port.
     
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    If the new seam in the taillight is for a new opening, this is how it would look
    [​IMG]
     
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    No way it will be like that. That is an engineering and manufacturing nightmare. Plus, it doesn't address the primary concern of the opening, which was the height, not the width.

    The new seam on the passenger side is just a design element to mimic the charge port opening on the driverside. Or there could possibly be charge ports on either side, but I am almost certain it has nothing to do with the trunk opening.
     
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    Yes.. Nice render though. It shows just how ridiculous that idea would have been.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that's exactly the point @McHoffa was making with that render.

    EDIT: @North75 beat me to it!
     
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    I like it.
     
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    Good point about the charge port. It certainly seems possible what we think is a part of the trunk opening, is actually just a charge port opening.

    However, it still seems possible extending towards the sides and making the interior parts of the trunk corners a little smaller perhaps downwards as well could be in the books. Here is a less extreme mock-up of @McHoffa 's inspired thinking...

    Not pictured here, but they might also shorten the big rear window a bit to add a little height as well?

    model3_trunk.jpg
     
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    I agree shortened rear big window is the most likely way to increase the opening height. I just can't see that from the sighting pictures though.
     
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    #35 S3XY, Apr 8, 2017
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    I wonder if they just found a way to narrow the inner lower sill to make the opening slightly bigger without changing the exterior at all. It wouldn't make a huge difference but would technically make Elon's statement that the small opening was "fixed". One thing I just realized is that the trunk interior will be larger than most sedans just from the fact that the trunk hinge/arm doesn't retract into the trunk when it's closed.
     
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    #36 Gen3Joe, Apr 8, 2017
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    They definitely DID change the rear of the car presumably to accommodate more trunk space. It went from "damn that looks hot" to "can I trade this mini X in for my mini S". The proportions are all off now and the car is left looking bloated and very unsporty.

    See the direct side shot of the rear end from here:
    TESLARATI.com

    ...and compare it to the one from here:
    Tesla Model 3: Will it Be a Good Family Car? - Motor Trend

    Edit: maybe definitely did is a little too strong. I'm hoping beyond hope that this is some trick of camera distortion that is there in every new spy shot of the car. It's not looking good for this hope though given what I'm seeing.
     
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    I agree, shortening a little bit the rear window would also allow to
    wider the opening and ease integrating all the rear lights to the hatch.

    See comparison with Audi Q5/Q7.

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    How am I supposed to fit a medium stroller into that trunk?

    I could do it with the volt hatchback, but I guess Musk doesn't think people should have babies.

    Tiny trunk opening = no strollers = no sales to young families.

    That combined with the needlessly radical dashboard are pushing me towards cancellation.
     
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    Visibility, Aerodynamics, Cargo

    Pick two. I'm fine with visibility and aero. And if you can afford a car like this, you can afford a decent stroller that folds nicely.

    Just some examples:

    2,3 = S,X
    1,2 = 3
    1,3 = minivan
     
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  20. garsh

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    By sliding it in. It's not that small of an opening.
    People who can't figure out how to put a stroller into a trunk probably shouldn't have babies. :D
     
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