Tesla Model 3 to be revealed in March 2016 with 300 mile range – Report

Posted on: Jul 24, 2015 - 12:01pm IST

Will be based on a new platform.

A report on Autocar UK states that Tesla will reveal its entry-level Model 3 sedan in March 2016, ahead of launching the product in mid-2017. The Model 3 will not have a reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, which takes place in the same month, but will be unveiled in a private event, the report states.

The Model 3 is expected to be around three-quarters the size of the Model S (pictured).

The Model 3, which will slot below the Model S, will be priced around 30,000 pounds (INR 29.5 lakhs), putting it in competition with the German Big Three (BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class), and the Jaguar XE.

However, it will not be based on a modified version of the Model S’s aluminium-intensive platform, so as to keep costs in check. It will be underpinned by a bespoke platform, although the report states this platform would be capable of accommodating a variety of body styles including station wagon, coupe and even a pick-up!

Tesla Model S side press shot
To save costs, the Model 3 will not use the aluminium intensive architecture of the Model S (pictured).

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada will supply batteries for the Model 3, which is expected to have a range of 300 miles (482 km) on a single charge. 0-100 km/h is expected to come under 4.5 seconds, putting it on par with a BMW M3.

Prior to the Model 3, the long-awaited Model X crossover is expected to hit the roads by the end of this year in the United States.

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[Source: AutocarUK]

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