Overall, the Tesla Model 3’s design was very well-received with the prototypes unveiled back in March, but it was far from universally loved. Aside from the trunk, the most controversial design feature is arguably the front fascia.
While I don’t mind the Model 3’s front end, I get where the criticism comes from. Jim Cantrell, Elon Musk’s former space strategist, called it a “faceless fish”:
It’s certainly not conventional and while I don’t want Tesla to bring back a grille, or “nosecone”, maybe it could benefit from the Model S’ refreshed front fascia?
The pencil down on the design of the Model 3 was set for last week and Tesla confirmed that they are on schedule. While small changes to the Model 3 design are expected to be featured on the production version, aside from the trunk opening being made bigger, we don’t yet know exactly what they are…
An update to the front fascia to make it look more like the Model S and X could be in the plans.
The Model S refresh came a few weeks after the Model 3 unveiling and it was also well-received. It brought more homogeneity to Tesla’s designs, but that’s not necessarily the company’s goal for all future models.
Fans made a few renderings with the refreshed Model S fascia to help envision what it could look like. Here’s one by invertedNormal based on a picture from the Motor Trend photoshoot (click for higher resolution):
Which front fascia do you prefer on the Model 3?
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