Tesla reveals the amazing Model 3. Geek out with us {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Apr 2016

At a special launch event last week, Tesla Motors unveiled their long awaited Model 3 – their entry in to the segment dominated by the BMW 3-Series.

It’s worth pointing out that despite this being a launch and the word ‘concept’ not appearing anywhere, these are not the final article and should very much be treated as concepts of the Model 3, from styling to tech and specifications. But that doesn’t stop the public from wanting one – in the first 72hrs after the launch Tesla took nearly 300,000 deposits of $1000 for the car – which is over half the global EV market in just 3 days, a staggering achievement.

The Model 3 takes its styling very much from the Model S and Model X crossover, but tweaked and developed to suit the smaller shape which is roughly the same size as the 3-Series. At the front there is no grille, but a right at the front of the bonnet to give an idea as to where one would be – this is still an undecided feature according to Elon Musk, and he said on Twitter this week that the styling is very much in flux and will change before production. The things that won’t change are the large glasshouse, big side windows, a massive windscreen that extends over your head to the B-pillar, which then after a split line goes all the way back to the boot.

This gives the interior an unrivalled feeling of spaciousness, and given that there’s only glass above rear occupants’ heads, a lot more headroom. There are standard LED headlights up front and the Model 3 comes with Tesla’s Autopilot software which enables hands-free driving along motorways as standard too. Inside, the Model 3 rewrites the rule book again. There isn’t a single button or dial, only a portrait 15” screen in the middle of the dash between driver and passenger, which controls everything in the car. We are going to assume there’s also going to be a standard Head-Up Display on the car too, as displaying the speed only on a central screen isn’t very useful in daily driving. It’s a very clever move for Tesla as it means that upgrades, additional features etc can just be done via over-the-air downloads.

Of course being a Tesla the Model 3 is all about the drivetrain and it won’t disappoint. There will be rear wheel drive and dual motor, all-wheel drive models, and in base models should be capable of 200 miles range, which is incredible given the $35,000 price tag. Top models will be capable of 300 miles and sub-4sec 0-62mph sprints, though not at the same time, for roughly $55,000. These prices are expected to be mirrored for the £ when it goes on sale here – which is one of the downsides, as RHD Model 3’s aren’t expected to be delivered before the end of 2018 which is quite a wait.

We look forward to seeing how the Model 3 evolves between now and mid-2017 when the first LHD models are due to be delivered in the US, in styling and tech. Given how much the Model S changed in the first 2yrs of production  we can expect the current specs released for the Model 3 to be surpassed greatly.