New Tesla Model 3 -

Tesla Model 3

New Tesla Model 3 Price, Pictures, and Specs -
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The Model 3 was the vehicle to finally make the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes sweat and in the few short days after it’s unveiling, it appears that Tesla has succeeded. With over 200,000 orders placed within the first 48 hours (before anyone has actually driven the car by the way) the Model 3 is already a clear home run. But should you actually buy one? Let’s take a closer look. A first glance at the Model 3 gives off the vibe that a Model S and the larger Model X simply had a baby. The Model 3’s proportions quickly go from sleek Model S in the front to bulbous in the back (maybe Tesla’s version of a mullet?). Whatever the case may be this is certainly a design that could only be pulled off by someone already familiar with bending the rules (Model X’s falcon wings anyone?).
Although much of the Model 3’s stats were not given during the press conference, we do know a few things to pass on. The base power unit will most likely be the 60kw battery pack sending the Model 3 to 60 mph in less than six seconds while also promising an EPA Range of 215 miles. Of course Tesla will bring us more power options including the dual-motor AWD setup along with stronger battery packs that will either increase range or lift the Model 3 to compete with other sports sedans such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG. Much like the rest of Tesla’s vehicles the Model 3 is expected to receive a 5-Star crash test rating by the NHTSA in every category thanks to its structure focused towards safety and not needing to carry an engine or fuel tank. The Model 3 was designed from the beginning to be Supercharger capable resulting in even shorter charging times than the Model S currently exhibits. It may just be a matter of time before Tesla has us charging cars in 10 minutes, which would eliminate a large portion of the “range anxiety” thinkers out there. Oh, and Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous technology is available as well.
The interior of the Model 3 is unique to say the least. Taking the “minimalist” approach to a new degree, the Model 3’s interior is only interrupted by the steering wheel and a single large display panel that acts as both instrument cluster and media interface screen. Although Tesla is well known for being not exactly traditional in terms of interior design, we feel this design might be taking things a bit too far and ultimately might also not be safe for the driver as driver information is not easily within reach. However we’ll most likely see a more “realistic” design before production models start arriving. Another notable change for the Model 3 is the central tunnel absent in other Tesla vehicles. Although this tunnel acts as additional storage compartments we feel leaving the space totally open would help distinguish the Model 3 from its competition.
Tesla has always been very good at turning heads and the Model 3 is no exception. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had such confidence in his vehicle that he skipped the Geneva Motor Show – a popular vehicle debut platform- and instead just put on his own private show in California while most of the world was still asleep. We’ll have to wait to see how good the Model 3 really is but with what we know about it so far we aren’t exactly worrying. The Tesla Model 3 competes against the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes C-Class.

The Stats
Starting Price: $35,000
Engine: Electric
Horsepower: Unknown at time of publish
Torque: Unknown at time of publish
0-60 MPH: Under 6 seconds
Fuel Economy: 89-94/97-98 mpg(e) (estimated)
Safety Rating: 5 Stars (Tesla claim)

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