I think they both look like azzes IMO but then again I'm not the target market.
I've given up complaining about the big tablets on dashes, this is clearly the way it's going to be now.
What I like about the Mach-E is that they've also added other buttons and controls to the dash. There is way more visual interest, shapes, etc. It just appeals to me way more.
What Tesla and Tesla's fans rave about the "simple clean lines" of the current T dashes, all I see is cheap, cheap, cheap and unimaginative, with the steering wheel being particularly cheap looking to my eye.
It's all subjective, different strokes for different folks.
^Can't believe I didn't see it before, Doug is right the 3rd row will be rear facing seats a-la Model S. It's within brand identity, it's the only way you'd have reasonable headroom, and the cutouts for the cargo area(s) match perfectly to a rear seat mount. For reference here's how they work in a Model S..
..this should prove a very practical vehicle. Also note the Model Y comes with a hitch cover plate. Assuming it comes with a robust tow package this could be a pretty damn practical car which I'm sure will be all over the Bay Area as soon as we can actually drive places again.
In terms of Teslas - I see them all around MI at this point, saw multiple car carriers rolling on I-80 with them the last two times i ran down to Cleveland. Yes i guess i am looking for them, but they are certainly more common than some of the specialty cars like Alfas around here, which is about as hostile as you can get to Teslas.
At the same time, Tesla's updated the guts of the S far more than other manufacturers have refreshed the guts of their cars. I think existing manufacturers care too much about updating appearance and not enough about updating performance.
Toyota for example would have sold a lot more Prius models had they kept the body mostly the same from the second gen on and did what Tesla did to the S in terms of performance/efficiency/range/etc improvements.
I'd drive a gen II bland/smug-mobile all day long if it got 60+mpg combined, hit 60mph in <6s, had 700+ miles of range, and came with the functional equivalent of Tesla's base Autopilot for an extra $3k along with all the other minor updates Tesla has incorporated.
No way. Instead, you'd divert your resources towards segment that are popular and will drive volume and profit, live CUVs. I think a cheaper to manufacture Model X (maybe without the Falcon doors) can be another option, especially if they leave the platform alone.
Also, with the Model S, they're able to put in new motors and software, which they're able to amortize the costs of with the rest of the Tesla lineup, without having to spend money retooling an assembly line, nor having to retool the exterior and interior.
So I don't see a business case where revising the Model S would be feasible. And if it's purely for marketing purposes, I think they have all the attention they need right now with the Model 3 and Y, let alone the concept Cybertruk.
I guess we'll have to wait a while longer for the Model Y to start shipping in volume due to the pandemic but some day when things are up and running again I believe the predictions that the Model Y will eventually outsell the 3. The company needs high volume production right now in order to grow to the next stage of the company. I think they can circle back somewhere along the way to do the low volume cars too but I think they're putting resources in the right places at the moment.
The paint is awful. Seriously WTF is wrong with their paint shop that they haven’t been able to figure out after 3 years of Model 3 production?
Manufacturers dump too much money into changing the appearance of the cars and not enough into performance.
Given how far ahead on the tech side Tesla is, I suspect spending more on updating performance and less on exterior refreshes will continue to be beneficial for them across their entire lineup.
Past: 1998 Accord V6 LX, 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 2-24-11), 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 9-19-11), 2003 Jetta GLS 2.slow (good riddance), 2010 VW GTI, 2011 Toyota Camry, 2006 NC Miata