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Tesla may implement a sparse redesign of the Model S and Model X interior

When Tesla introduced the Model 3 a little more than two years ago, many folks were shocked to see that the car lacked a traditional instrument cluster. Instead, the only way for Model 3 drivers to access pertinent information such as speed is via a 15-inch touchscreen located on the center of the console. Though the initial design was certainly controversial — with some even speculating that the shipping version of the Model 3 would feature a HUD — it seems that the design has been less problematic in practice than some initially anticipated.

In light of that, a new report from Electrek relays that upcoming versions of the Model S and the Model X may borrow some of the design cues first introduced by the Model 3. Specifically, Tesla — perhaps in an effort to keep costs down or perhaps as a nod to the inevitability of autonomous driving — will implement a similarly sparse interior design whereby any information worth keeping tabs on will be available via a display on the center dash. The instrument cluster itself isn’t going anywhere, but will reportedly be “smaller and more embedded into the dash.”

The photo below purports to show what the interior on next-gen Model S and Model X vehicles will look like. It’s hard to make out what the instrument cluster is going to look like, but what’s plainly obvious is that the orientation of the display is in a landscape orientation as opposed to portrait.

Image source: Electrek
As for other impending changes, Tesla will reportedly take steps to improve the overall fit and finish of its vehicles. Indeed, a longstanding complaint regarding Tesla vehicles is that the interiors simply can’t compete with similarly priced luxury cars. The new design will reportedly go into production some time next year.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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