One of the most anticipated cars in 2017 is the newly-announced Model 3 by Tesla. Priced at $35,000 Model 3 is still in the early stages of its conceptual design with very few pictures being released ahead of its presentation in March this year.
The Model 3 is conceived as a sedan in the lower part of the luxury spectrum or in other words – it represents entry-level luxury. Other notable models of this industry segment known as “compact executive” or “small luxury” are the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, priced at $34,000 and $39,000 respectively. Tesla’s chief executive officer Elon Musk compares the Model 3 in size to the Audi A4 – a spacious five-seat sedan with plenty of room and comfortable seating.
It is expected that the new Model 3 will retain most of the performance and design specifics that are revered as Tesla’s trademark, making gasoline savings just another benefit for the brochure. As a whole, this is the brand’s most important car yet as its aim is to bring the success of the Model S in luxury markets to a wider audience. We remember from the previous Model S sedan that I revolutionized electric cars for the American consumer. With a 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration within as little as 2.6 seconds—it is faster than most of the world’s most expensive supercars, including Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren. The lack of engine in the front part gives Tesla’s cars the highest safety ratings of any car on the road because of the huge crumple zone.
The rear-drive version of the Model 3 will have an estimated range of 215 miles and a bigger battery and all-wheel drive. The interior will be fitted with a 15-inch display for vehicle data and controls. Deliveries will initially be confined to California and shift east as production increases.