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The space for the grille bugs me too. I get it that the shape is their signature right now though. I think I would have suggested face-lifting the S and changing to something else for the 3 and X.

Purely from a styling point of view, I think it looks like a slightly upmarket Mazda 3. The subtlety of the S works because of its size. On the smaller 3, it looks a bit awkward. Much the same way, in fact, that the Mazda 3 doesn't look nearly as nice the 6.

I love reading Scott's points about the perception of the interior. I've always felt the interior of Teslas look like something the Soviet's would build: spartan, utilitarian, lacking concern for the driving experience.

Having said all of this, the brand is so strong, it probably won't matter.
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Horn it, grille it, plate it or winch it...have to do something with it.
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You know, with a plate on it, the whole no-show grill thing goes away.
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Generatewhatsnext wrote:Horn it, grille it, plate it or winch it...have to do something with it.
I think they were a little desperate in trying to find a solution that didn't look like a Porsche Panamera.

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Model S facelift fresh out, today. Predict the predictable. No Helga hair.
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Generatewhatsnext wrote:Horn it, grille it, plate it or winch it...have to do something with it.
You almost nailed it with your mini grille sketch.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/04/12/tesl ... -facelift/

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The tiny slit grille works much better here. Makes it feel less like a combustion powered car but gives it that central focus point and helps break up the space (especially when the front plate gets put on).
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Generatewhatsnext wrote:Horn it, grille it, plate it or winch it...have to do something with it.
You almost nailed it with your mini grille sketch.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/04/12/tesl ... -facelift/

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The tiny slit grille works much better here. Makes it feel less like a combustion powered car but gives it that central focus point and helps break up the space (especially when the front plate gets put on).
Yep - that's the one I saw in Car & Driver as well...just feels better.
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Elon Musk has been pretty vocal of late with "crowd sourcing" design changes. Already changed the trunk/rear glass, and he's mentioned that the interior isn't going to look like that. I wonder if they're waiting to add to the grill after releasing the new S front end? New S looks very nice. Really well done.
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November 17th, 2017, 3:32 am

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I like Tesla's design approach to the semi, almost styled like a Ferrari, very low drag and 0-60 in under 6 seconds.
With a 500 mile range (vs 900 for diesel) and 30 minutes for a decent charge, that can revolutionize the over land freight industry.
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The design reminds me a bit of the Superbus, a concept from Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels.
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Then the new Tesla Roadster is back, well that's something to get excited about. 0-60mph in under 2 seconds and over 600 miles range. With a design reminiscent of the Dodge Viper, in a good way, that is something I would buy over any Ferrari or Lamborghini.
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ralphzoontjens wrote:
Then the new Tesla Roadster is back, well that's something to get excited about. 0-60mph in under 2 seconds and over 600 miles range. With a design reminiscent of the Dodge Viper, in a good way, that is something I would buy over any Ferrari or Lamborghini.
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The Roadster is nice but I sure don't see any Dodge Viper influence. More Porsche Mission E.

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I would have preferred the truck without the second "kink".
Would have been much cleaner in my opinion. Too much sports car DNA for my taste.
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