This Autocar image shows how the new Tesla Model 3 could look
Tesla’s chief designer says the Model 3 will be more distinctively styled than the Model S
The Tesla Model 3 will be revealed in March 2016, before going on sale in mid-2017.
However, speculation that the car will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show is incorrect, with Tesla reportedly planning a bespoke event to reveal the car later in the month.
Few details about the Tesla Model 3 have been revealed, but sources have indicated that performance up to 62mph could eclipse that of the BMW M3, which records a 0-62mph time of 4.1sec. The Tesla Model S P85 D will achieve 0-60mph in 2.8sec in Ludicrous Mode, it was announced last week. Batteries will come from Tesla's so-called Gigafactory in Nevada, USA and sources suggest it will have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge.
The Model 3 is expected to sit on bespoke underpinnings rather than a cut down version of the all-aluminium Model S platform, because it is tipped be around three-quarters of the size of the Model S and significantly lower in price. Prices are expected to start at around £30,000.
Chris Porritt, Tesla’s vice-president of engineering, previously told Autocar: “I expect there will be very little carry-over [from the Model S]. We’ve got to be cost-effective. We can’t use aluminium for all the [small car’s] components.” This suggests that the Model E will use mostly steel in its make-up although it will probably use bonding and rivets in its construction.
Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has previously told Autocar the Model 3 will boast more distinctive styling than the relatively conventional Model S.
“We will become more experimental as we develop as a brand,” he said. “Our cars need to have some personality.”
Tesla insiders have also revealed that the Model 3 has been engineered to accommodate a number of different bodystyles if the manufacturer decides to make them. As well as traditional estate and coupe options, company bosses have previously talked about making a Tesla pick-up.
The seven-seat Tesla Model X SUV will go on sale in the US later this year, ahead of UK sales early in 2016.
In addition, an all-new Tesla Roadster is under development for launch in 2019, company boss Elon Musk revealed last week.
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