Electric vehicle fans will have to be patient for a proper understanding of the upcoming Tesla Model 3, following a reminder this week from CEO Elon Musk that its unveiling will be a drawn-out affair.
Speaking at an event at Tesla’s base in Chambourcy, France, Musk confirmed Tesla would take a drip-feed approach to the unveiling, beginning in March – much akin to the Model X SUV’s introduction.
“The first pictures of the Model 3 will be end of March” Musk said. “I am being a little coy here – we are not going to show everything about the Model 3 until a lot closer to production time.”
Tesla has confirmed the Model 3 won’t be on the road until mid-2017, with its production reliant on batteries to be made at the manufacturer’s Gigafactory, which is still under construction.
Above: the Tesla Model S
It’s unclear whether the Model 3 will get the same 90kWh battery that’s used in the Model S and Model X, perhaps in de-tuned form (although a Model 3P90D would be a clear M3 and C 63 rival in the acceleration stakes), or a new unit.
In any case, the car will likely have the same or better driving range as its larger siblings.
Other speculation suggests the car’s smaller dimensions could point to a completely new platform to that of its larger siblings. Regardless, expect serious performance numbers from potentially rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants.
As reported last year, the car is likely to hit the US market at $35,000 ($49,000 AUD), before rebates or credit offered by US and State governments for the purchase of electric vehicles.