Suggest we leave the vacuum cleaner analogy aside... @Maevra, in your variant you’re just talking about color change which is different than material. We’d have to say, the cable was first made of an elastomer alloy and not it’s soft PVC...I think the vacuum analogy may be a little problematic because you're talking about a pre-release demo vacuum and if you didn't ask which specs were already finalized and just assumed chrome was the default, you can't claim bait and switch because they never explicitly said the material you saw would be the final product. (...).
You tried your friend's black vacuum, decided you love it, and ordered the same model. Now, the electrical cord on your friend's vacuum is blue, but the manufacturer ran out of blue cords, so they swapped to red. Now, the vacuum is 100% exactly the same as your friend's (...)
I like @ummgood ’s last paragraph above as perspective...
people are using other car manufacturers as a measuring stick and the alcantara or suede is considered more upscale across the board in car brands than the textile interior.
Therefore, with an attempt, again, at wrapping this up :
- this was poorly managed in terms of communication mainly
- best would have been not to build any Model 3 with Alcantara since they were planning the switch across the range
- we can all be disappointed yet it’s not the end of the world now we know, if we haven’t ordered yet.
- for those who have ordered, thinking they’d get the Alcantara headliner like everybody else before them part of the PUP, and who then get textile cloth headliner (perceived by most as inferior, to ummgood’s point and I concur), there should be a small compensation by T≡SLA...