The Tesla Model 3 will be revealed in March 2016 and go on sale a year later in mid-2017, says a new report from Autocar. The March 2016 debut would at instance make one think of a Geneva Motor Show debut, but that’s not going to happen. Tesla will host an individual unveiling event for the Model 3 later in the month, adds the report.
The report suggests that the debut will be after 13th March, a few days after the last day of Geneva Motor Show. Obviously they won’t host an unveiling alongside an ongoing major global automobile exhibition at the cost of losing media attention.
Details are sketchy as of now, but the British publications, citing undisclosed sources, says that it will be capable of reaching 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 4.1 seconds to run shoulders with the BMW M3. The possibility cannot be ruled out of Tesla offering the ‘Ludicrous’ mode upgrade option it announced for the Model S last week.
According to the report, the batteries will be supplied from the Tesla Gigafactory located near Sparks, Nevada. The Model 3 will have a range of up to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge. This indicates that the range-topping model would be offered with the 90 kWh battery pack that was announced for the Model S last week.
The Model 3 is expected to be based on a bespoke platform, and not on a modified version of the all-aluminum Model S platform, because its size is said to be around 25% smaller than that of the Model S’s. Also, the prices will have to be kept low, for this one would be a compact executive sedan and targetted at the masses and extensive aluminum usage for its components won’t be favorable in terms of production costs, at the moment, given the scale.
Not to forget, Tesla has even more ambitious plans than this upcoming volume seller. During the various announcements last week, CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company plans to launch the second generation Tesla Roadster in four years, i.e. by 2019. It will have top speed that will eclipse that of the Model S, which tops out at 155 mph (250 km/h).