This afternoon, Elon Musk and Tesla officially revealed the all new, mass market Model 3 sedan on stage in Fremont.
The Tesla Model 3 was designed to be a light, affordable car for the mass market. Inside, it has a very, very sleek and futuristic design that features no driver’s HUD, a clean dashboard and a single 15-inch monitor-like display – it is important to note that EVERYTHING happens through the central display or the steering wheel controls.One of the key aspects of the Model 3 is safety – Elon showed a comparison video between a Model 3 and Volvo S60 in a side impact test, where the 3 stayed rock solid while the S60 just crumpled into the driver’s seating area. Model 3 production will take place in Tesla’s factory in Fremont. California, with batteries coming from the Gigafactory in Nevada – production will slowly ramp up from 100 in August to 5000 in December. Access to the Model 3 is quite different to regular cars – you either use the RFID card bundled with it or use your phone’s Bluetooth. All Model 3s will have Supercharging capabilities as standard, along with Autopilot.
At launch, the Tesla Model 3 will be available in two variants. The standard base version will cost $35,000 USD and offer 220mi/354km of range, do 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 130mph/209kph – on the other hand, the ‘long range’ version costs $44,000 USD and will offer 310mi/498km of range, do 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 140mph/225kph. All variants available from launch are rear wheel drive, and have front double wishbone and rear independent multi-link suspension. Standard features include the central 15-inch touchscreen display, dual-zone climate control, FM/Internet streaming radio, textile seats, four total USB ports, front/rear parking sensors with reverse-view camera, auto dimming rear-vision mirror, one-touch power windows, an RFID card to use as the key, eight airbags (six front row airbags, two rear curtain airbags) and two tether points in second row for child seats. The Model 3 has 423 litres of cargo capacity with none of the seats folded, and weighs 1610-1730kg depending on the battery pack – further, the car is 4694mm long, 1849mm wide, 1443mm high and has a 2875mm wheelbase.
Options for the Model 3 go as follows:
- Long-range battery (US$9000) – this forms the higher spec variant. It increases the range to 310 miles, allows Supercharging at 170 miles of range per hour, home charging at a rate of 37 miles per hour, 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds an a top speed of 140mph.
- Paint options (US$1000) – black is free, but Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat and Red Multi-Coat are all an extra $1000.
- Wheels ($1500) – the 3 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, but 19-inch sport wheels are an extra $1500.
- Premium upgrades package (US$5000) – this includes heated seating, open pore wood decor, two rear USB ports, 12-way power adjustable front seats, premium sound system, tinted glass roof, auto dimming and folding mirrors, LED fog lights and a centre console cover with docking for two phones.
- Enhanced AutoPilot (US$5000) – this includes radar cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane change assistant and self parking, plus any later additional features.
- Full self-driving capability (US$3000, requires Enhanced AutoPilot) – this provides the capability for full self driving down the line.
Deliveries begin today with the first 30 delivered during the event – Tesla is starting with the USA, then Europe, with the car to reach Australian shores in early 2019 for an expected local price of $50,000. What do you think of the new Tesla Model 3? I am IN LOVE with this car – I can’t wait to actually see one on the roads and, ya never know, own one one day. Let me know what you think down below!