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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. 3Victoria

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    And headroom definitely for using it as a taxi. Such a fuss over the trunk etc. Look at the car, if it doesn't suit, don't buy it.
     
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    Heck no. Not with me. The trunk is the least of my concern. Yes, literally every other aspect of the car is more important.
     
  3. pfmahoney

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    So I'm with the "I want a better trunk opening". I want to fit my road bicycle into it - with the tire removed. If I can do that with a minimum of fuss, then I'll be content enough. The original opening looked a little tight in the Y-axis. If it's a few inches taller, that will make me happier.

    We all have different reasons for wanting a Model 3. I drive a Prius right now which has lots of room. I have actually stacked 3 road bicycles in the back of my Prius along with luggage and two passengers. I don't expect a Model 3 to be a Prius - it's a sedan not a hatchback, but it would be nice if the car that I've been obsessing over could fit the road bicycle that I will want to load into it several times a week so that I can ride with my work cycling group.

    I don't think these mules that are being spotted are the final versions. I think they are the original ones and that the final versions are on an indoor track. I don't see anything different about the steering wheel, I don't see anything different about the trunk opening. These are things Elon said are changing and I presume that they are coming in the final reveal. People worrying that they got dropped, I don't buy it. I think Elon is a showman, and like Steve Jobs guarding that first iPhone prototype against leaks, I think there's a final version of the Model 3 that will be revealed in about 7-8 weeks that will have the changes that he's been hinting at and we haven't seen them yet.
     
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    #64 Jayc, Apr 13, 2017
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    Welcome @pfmahoney. I have expressed similar sentiments that the mules we are seeing may not be final versions. Of course the counter argument is we are too close to production so testing should be on production cars.

    I think these mules may be giving Tesla just enough test coverage of the production line without including things not officially revealed - the final interior being one.
     
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    #65 googlepeakoil, Apr 13, 2017
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    In Europe pretty much every car is a hatchback. Even the 4x4's are hatchbacks - or have a split with the top as a hatchback.
    Most popular car is a Ford Focus. It and it's competitors are all hatchbacks. If I wasn't on my work computer I'd take a photo of the company carpark and show this. Pegeots and typical hatchbacks everywhere. BMW's and Audi's - pretty much all hatchbacks here. I have a Vauxhall Astra - also a hatchback.
    Do American's realise that the phrase "sub-compact" which could translate as "small small" is probably clever psychology by the car company's marketing to make small car buyers feel inferior so they can sell you a 4x4 that has the larger profit margins? "You don't want that small car - have a look at these new 4x4's we have over here where I get a bigger kick-back"! As Jon Stewart once commented about a 4x4 (and i'm paraphrashing) "to tow the boat you don't own up the hill you don't live near" :)
     
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    I owned an all-wheel drive station wagon for many (20!) years and while it was super in most wet and slick conditions and < 10" of snow, I would agree with this observation:
    "All wheel drive just means you get stuck in deeper snow."
    Robin
     
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    Ay. This again...
     
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    There are at least some differences between these cars and the original ones. These cars have the AP2 sensor suite (and possibly more) that the original cars do not have. (could these sensors have been retrofitted? possibly) The blue and gloss black colors were not seen on the original cars either. (Could they have been repainted? definitely.)

    There haven't been any clear shots of the steering wheel, so we don't know if it is significantly different or not. (we can confirm its still round at this point)

    The headlights are different on some of the new vehicles, and the fog lights appear to be different on all of them.

    A lot of people swear that the front and rear of the car have been restyled. I am not one of these people. I think the sheet metal is is essentially unchanged.

    So I definitely think the recent sightings are a new set of vehicles. Are they the final version? Who knows? My guess is that there won't be any significant changes in either the appearance or the current interior of the car. (and no HUD)
    I think it's more likely that there might be some new sensors or software features. Perhaps something related to the possible sensors on the C pillars.

    Only a few short (or long) months to find out.
     
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  9. pfmahoney

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    Good points all around. I'm partially convinced but I'd rather hope and dream. I guess we will just wait and see. As you say, only a few long months to find out. Thanks for your thoughts.
     

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