Tesla Model 3 price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
April 01, 2016

Tesla has revealed its new Model 3 saloon that it hopes will rival the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar. Here’s what we know so far…

The Tesla Model 3 is the brand’s first compact saloon and its third car following the Model S and Model X SUV. This fully electric vehicle will compete against the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar in the executive saloon car market. Read our article for full details of what to expect when it goes on sale.

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New Tesla Model 3 styling

The new Model 3 sports styling inspired by the rest of the Tesla range. The curvaceous side windows and minimal creases on the bodywork give the Model 3 a simple yet elegant appearance, similar to a scaled-down Model S.

Electric vehicles require fewer cooling intakes than a conventional petrol or diesel-powered car and, as a result, the Model 3 has no front grille. This not only improves the car’s aerodynamics, but gives it a distinctive, if unconventional, appearance.

New Tesla Model 3 interior

The Model 3’s cabin features a large touchscreen infotainment system, similar to current cars in the range. Images from the press launch show this feature stands proud of the dashboard rather than within the centre console as it has in previous models.

The Model 3 has no dedicated instrument display ahead of the steering wheel – digital readouts for speed, range and other vehicle information will be displayed on the central screen. The interior itself is ultra simplistic with only a single white strip across the dashboard to add variety to an otherwise plain design.

New Tesla Model 3 driving

Tesla claims the Model 3 will sprint from 0-60mph in less than six seconds – only 0.2 seconds slower than the Honda Civic Type R hot hatch. The Model 3 will also reportedly be the safest car in its class, boasting a five-star safety rating in every category.

Tesla’s pioneering autopilot feature will also be installed in the new Model 3 allowing drivers to hand over control to onboard sensors and computers. This system has been predominantly designed for use on motorways but will likely receive regular updates in the future to make it capable of safely tackling more challenging driving conditions.

New Tesla Model 3 range and charging

The Model 3 will be able to cover 215 miles between charges. Tesla ‘Supercharging’ stations will allow you to recharge the batteries rapidly mid-journey and should increase the usable range significantly, however.

New Tesla Model 3 price and release date

The Tesla Model 3 will go on sale in the US priced at $35,000 – this translates to just less than £27,000 but we do expect it to rise slightly for the UK market. Order books are now open for American customers and more than 115,000 deposits have already been taken, but UK buyers will have to wait until 2019 before they can get their cars.

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