The Company’s first built electric car for mass consumers is confirmed and ready to hit the road sometime during 2018. It is the new 2018 Tesla Model 3. This model is more affordable alternative to the larger Model S sedan and Model X three-row crossover. It is also simpler and smaller electric car. As well, it represents one of the safest vehicles in its class.
This sports family sedan will bring various novelties. Its styling will be very handsome; the cabin is simple, perhaps too simple but provides sufficient room and good cargo space. Furthermore, the upcoming Model 3 will be quick and will show an excellent driving range. It will be solid considering the handling and very safe too; it has gotten the highest numbers in the safety test ratings. Moreover, as for the technology and luxury, the new Tesla will be on the highest level.
It will be available in base and Long Range trims. Its main rivals on the market will be Chevy Bolt, BMW 3 Series Plug-in, Nissan Leaf and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-in models.
2018 Tesla Model 3 powertrain and performance
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 is an all-electric car. The base model comes with an electric motor and a 50 kWh battery. This unit has a range of 220 miles in a single charge and it is able to hit 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. Its top speed is limited at 130 mph. The Long Range is powered with a stronger 70 kWh powertrain. This one will have a range of 310 miles. It will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds which is really great. The top speed of this motor will be 140 mph. The new Tesla will be only available with rear-wheel drive system. The new dual-motor all-wheel drive configuration might appear later.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior design, the new 2018 Tesla Model 3 looks similar to the larger Model S but with smaller dimensions. Its design is unique with simple and sleek lines. The front fascia is very unusual because it doesn’t have conventional grille. The only openings we will see are the ones in the front bumper. The headlamps are slim and feature very attractive design. The rear end also features clean look and new design of the taillights. All the lights are equipped with LED lighting. The 19-inch wheels are the standard while the 19-inch sporty wheels will be available too. The new Tesla will be offered in six different shades; the Solid Black will be standard.
Inside, the 2018 Tesla Model 3 will get simple and clean design too. It will be able to accommodate five passengers in two rows of seats. There is sufficient head and leg room for all the occupants even on the rear. The design of the dashboard is very simple too and features a large 15-inch touchscreen.
The standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a back-up camera, power-adjusting side-view mirrors, USB, FM radio, Wi-Fi and LTE Internet connectivity etc.
As for the safety, it will come with eight airbags, stability and traction control, electronic parking brake, ABS and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 should go on sale in the second half of 2018. The starting price should be around $35,000 and it will go up to $44,000.