The Tesla’s cabin has aged rather well considering it hasn’t really changed much since it made its debut in 2013—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hop into the Tesla’s front seats, and it’s pretty easy to see that Chevy took a lot of inspiration from the Model S, with the Tesla’s big -inch iPad-like display mounted front and center and a big digital instrument cluster mounted in front of the driver. The instrument cluster might have a bit more of a learning curve to it than the Chevy’s equivalent, but the Tesla’s infotainment screen still remains among the best in the auto industry. The Model S’ cabin is well appointed, although with the scratchy base black cloth seats and black wood trim, it doesn’t feel as luxurious as moderately equipped Teslas. The Tesla’s back seat package is quite good considering its rakish roofline; the seat cushion is low, so your knees are high, but there’s plenty of legroom. Headroom is a bit tight, but that’s the price one pays for the massive sunroof. Although the Tesla’s passenger cabin is ever so slightly smaller than the Bolt’s, its front and rear trunks do give it a 9-cubic-foot advantage in cargo capacity.
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Making the dinette/bed area bigger was a priority in the design, having a 54″ wide bed, almost 10″ wider than the original. Having this size bed allowed for a “U” shaped sitting area around the dinette table … this means additional storage under the bench area. The actual benches are simple, I made the inner “U” structure then framed back to blocking attached to the shell with 1″x2″ fir supports. The opening lids are made from ½” baltic bitch and hinged to provide easy access to the storage underneath.