If you’re a Model S/X owner with a Model 3 reservation and you’re waiting for an email to configure, you’re best bet is to log into your Tesla.com account and go to your Model 3 reservation page. Many current owners are finding that they’re Model 3 is ready to configure. As VINs reach near 6000, it’s an encouraging sign that Tesla is continuing to ramp production of the Model 3. Tracking VINs and deliveries can be tough because often Tesla assigns VINs out of order.
The Model 3 is gorgeous in many ways but different than the Model S. It’s a much more humble and modest look. It’s interesting to me that Franz and Tesla would intentionally design the Model 3 to be more “friendly”. I think they knew that the Model 3 needed to have more mass appeal than the Model S, so that it needed to be a tad bit more accessible. Further, they likely wanted to differentiate between the Model 3 and the Model S and ensure that the Model S would remain their flagship luxury sedan with a slightly more luxurious, class and aggressive look. Overall, I’m very happy with the look of the Model 3. It’s a stunning car both inside and out.
The Model 3 is not luxurious in an ostentatious, opulent sense. It’s much like the classic Eames chair or the deceptive simplicity of Apple products: Function is embodied in a minimalist manner, providing elegant simplicity rather than some “plain pipe rack” aesthetic like the original Citroën 2CV or something rococo like a Victorian silver tea set or some overdone Japanese sedans with “Tokyo by night” decor. We have the impression that the studied simplicity of both interior and exterior will let this car age extremely well, that in 10 years it will still look contemporary and beautifully understated, not old and irrelevant.
The timelessness of Tesla’s designs are definitely outstanding. I’m reminded of the first iPhone in 2007. It still looks great. In a similar way, the Model S is already defying its age. The 2013 Model S that I recently sold looks amazing and the interior of the car is far more beautiful and techy than any 2018 car by any other car manufacturer (of course in my opinion).
However, I think the most important feature of the Model 3 is it brings the entire Tesla experience (amazing drive, long-range battery, acceleration, quietness, technology, autopilot, service, brand, etc) to the masses without compromising the experience.
The Model 3, in my opinion, is even a more amazing product than the Model S when one considers the price point of the Model 3. In the long-range Model 3, one gets over 300 mile range (75kWh battery!) in a car that’s drives like a dream, and all for $44,000. This is truly incredible and mind-blowing. What Tesla has accomplished is nothing short of amazing. And this is why the Model 3 truly is the greatest tech product since the iPhone.