A recently posted YouTube video reveals the process for opening the doors on the Model 3. The Model S came with the famous auto-opening version, the Model X has buttons instead … and now we know how the Model 3 door-opening mechanism works … at least on the prototypes.
This new design for the Model 3 is not as elegant as those found on its siblings doors, but it is still pretty slick. Similar to the Model S and X, the levers on the 3 sit flush with the rest of the car, but with a slight depressing of the thumb, the rest of the handle pops out of hiding and can then be pulled like a “normal” car door handle.
Given Tesla’s claims of simplification for the Model 3, it will be interesting to see if these handles survive the journey from prototype to production. I’m personally not a huge fan of these new handles … it seems a bit awkward, but if that was the worst thing on the car, I think I could make peace and live with them.
What do you think? Are they hot or not? Let us know in the comments. If not, what type of handles would you like to see on the Model 3? Who knows, putting your ideas out here might make it back to Tesla headquarters and into the car. They do have a habit of paying attention to the voice of the customer….