The first Model 3 VIN #381 was delivered to a Tesla employee 2 days ago. It was parked at the Manhasset Americana store where I saw it today and I was disappointed.
The sun was starting to set and I couldn’t see the gorgeous sparkles that I knew were hiding in the paint. A crowd was gathered and though I was offered by the owner to sit in the car, I didn’t want to open a can of worms where everyone and their cousin would now try to violate his car. Above all, I was disappointed that I STILL had to wait for my Model 3.
But of course, the car looks better in person like everyone else has said. It was white with aero wheels. Everything else was what we would expect. PUP, full glass roof, black interior. The car was parked next to a red Model S and looked about 10-20% smaller in exterior dimensions. The handles for doors on the drivers side is designed to best be opened with the left hand and vice versa for passenger side doors. Push the wider part of the handle with the left thumb and the slender part that you pull angles nicely into an easily grasped position. It’s possible to open the door with the right hand but then you would need to do it palm up and then let go of the handle and walk around the open door. Not as smooth as opening with the left hand. Being a frameless window, pushing the wider part of the handle automatically drops the window an inch to clear the door seal and the door unlatches and opens a crack. Then you need to manually pull the door the rest of the way by pulling the skinny part of the door handle. The doors close with a solid, German thud. No cheap tinny sound here!
Again, I didn’t sit in the car or play with the UI but we know the experience only gets better from the driver’s seat.
I did get flat on my back and looked under the rear bumper. No simple small trim cover to remove for the tow hitch but I did see that the entire trim panel under the bumper had tabs that made it look easily removable. I wonder what lives under there! I can’t imagine that there is no way to install a tow hitch with all of the external bike carriers that are used in California!
So now that I’ve actually laid my eyes of the mythical creature that is the Tesla Model 3, I can dream happy dreams until the few months pass when we can actually have our own!