The Tesla Model 3 will make its debut on 31 March at a Los Angeles event; here's the first teaser image
17 March 2016

The first teaser image of the new Tesla Model 3 has been revealed, ahead of its official debut scheduled for 31 March in California.

The American manufacturer teased the model on Twitter, showing a blacked-out silhouette of the model next to its current Model S and Model X.

The Tesla Model 3 has now been unveiled. Click here to read about it.

Despite the teaser image giving practically nothing away, the car looks to have the same design language (at least from the front) with similar arches to the Model S, although sitting slightly lower. The door mirrors also look slightly smaller than those of the Model S.

Tesla’s third model, which will be a smaller, all-electric car to rival the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, will be revealed at an Apple-style product launch akin to the launches of the Model S and Model X.

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Production of the Model 3 will begin in 2017, so the car on display will be a pre-production model. Elon Musk recently tweeted that online orders in the US would be taken from 1 April, and Tesla stores will be taking orders from 31 March.

The Model 3 is expected to have a range of 200-300 miles. Tesla remains tight-lipped on details ahead of the car’s official unveiling, but we expect prices to start at around £35,000 when it reaches the UK. It's understood that a £1000 deposit will get customers on the waiting list for the new car.

Just as the Tesla Model S has the quickest a 0-62mph sprint time of all the cars in its class, the Model 3 is likely to beat performance variants of its competitors, including the 4.1sec time of the BMW M3.

Tesla's vice president of engineering, Chris Porritt, has already told Autocar that little would be carried over from existing Tesla models to the Model 3. Standout features, such as the ‘falcon doors’ of the Model X, are also likely to have been dropped in order to gain the more accessible price point.  

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7 March 2016

...aroused and although the two don't normally go together I'm saving at the same time. Game changer!

 

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7 March 2016
xxxx wrote:

...aroused and although the two don't normally go together I'm saving at the same time. Game changer!

totally agree, many households have a conventional second car anyway so that would cover the odd time you needed to go really further, although Tesla's can use both public and their own network of rapid chargers and at worst you may only need one stop even on a long trip.

If it does come in at £35K combined with the galactic sized company car tax saving against anything with even remotely similar performance... game changer indeed.

9 March 2016
xxxx wrote:

...aroused and although the two don't normally go together I'm saving at the same time. Game changer!

200-300 miles - how long is a piece of string?? When you look at that economy it is no better than some normally aspirated cars already on the road - and please dont tell me about using fossil fuels - how the hell is the battery charged!!!
Bring on the hydrogen and rubbish all these polluting batteries

what's life without imagination

10 March 2016
5wheels wrote:
xxxx wrote:

...aroused and although the two don't normally go together I'm saving at the same time. Game changer!

200-300 miles - how long is a piece of string?? When you look at that economy it is no better than some normally aspirated cars already on the road - and please dont tell me about using fossil fuels - how the hell is the battery charged!!!
Bring on the hydrogen and rubbish all these polluting batteries

you're wrong on so many counts I don't know where to begin. How long is a piece of string, between 200-300 miles. Economy matching NA engine, it's less than a sixth the cost of a petrol or HYDROGEN car. Fossil fuels, never mentioned it but as renewable energy increases fossil fuels used for EV's decreases. Bring on hydrogen cars, they've tried it and it fails, get over it.

 

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18 March 2016
5wheels wrote:

please dont tell me about using fossil fuels - how the hell is the battery charged!!!
Bring on the hydrogen and rubbish all these polluting batteries

How do you think the hydrogen is produced? Fairy farts and wishful thinking? It takes more fossil fuels (or renewable electrickery) to produce a given mileage's worth of hydrogen than it does to drive an electric car the same distance.

7 March 2016

Where is the Model X? Supposedly deliveries to customers have started, but are they letting journalists review it yet? I am a big admirer of Tesla but the Model 3 is their biggest test yet... It will be much harder for them to enter this market segment.

7 March 2016

Im looking forward to this. If its all Tesla seem to be promising, I will seriously consider it for my next car. I just hope it won't have a deal breaker like low rear headroom like in the Tesla Model S. Its impossible for me to get comfortable in the back of that car. I have to sit with my neck crooked. What would really be good is a Golf sized car with this sort of range.

8 March 2016

Just a few points to address.

Model 3's supposed to start from £30k over here, possibly even before the £5k government subsidy.

It should be quick, but I wouldn't expect a base 3 to match an M3.

Scrap: Model X production is still ramping up, European customers are only just getting the opportunity to configure their cars. Tesla's not been keen for journalists to be the first people to get their hands on the cars after Top Gear's debacle, so the X will probably be doing magazine rounds over the summer. That aside, X supply is still so thin that they can't really spare many units right now.

8 March 2016

The first customer deliverers were a couple of months ago now. I did look a week ago and was surprized I couldn't find any reviews. Top gear must be kicking themselves now but as Clarkson has gone maybe they can patch things up. Love to see a Porsche Panamera V Model s shootout on tele.

 

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8 March 2016

p.s. there's now a few reviews on you tube and it looks better in 'real life' compared to the stationary pics.

 

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