The concept of a Model 3 hatchback is certainly topical — while Elon Musk boasted that the Model 3 can fit a seven-foot surfboard inside, some folks are already complaining about how small the Model 3's trunk opening is. That small opening is apparently necessitated by the massive sweep of glass that stretches from the front windshield all the way to the Model 3's rear. As a result, there's no rear-cross support beam, leading to the small trunk opening and no hatchback.
Despite their inherent utility, hatchbacks aren't exactly littering the streets of America. Even factoring out pickup trucks (the Ford F-150 has long been the most popular American light-duty vehicle), hatchbacks aren't much of a factor, as the only hatchback model in the list of the best-selling cars last year was the Ford Focus at No. 9 (everything else was straight sedans). Crossovers, on the other hand, abound, and we'd wager a high-riding version of the Model 3 is more likely to be on the drawing board.
It's worth noting that the small trunk doesn't seem to be dissuading too many people. Between the March 31 unveiling of the Model 3 and April 7, Tesla took 325,000 reservations, according to an Elon Musk tweet. So while we imagine there'd be plenty of interest in a Model 3 hatchback, early indicators suggest that Tesla won't have much reason to make such a move anytime soon.
But that doesn't mean we can't imagine what could be, or present the renderings to our readers. So, what do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the Comments below.