Earlier this month, at the US Energy Information Administration's 2015 Energy Conference in Washington, DC, Jeffrey Brian Straubel, chief technical officer at Tesla, revealed that the Model 3 will feature both sedan and crossover body styles.
InsideEVs noticed that one of his slides at the conference (below) had the Model 3 as "planned for 2018".
After the website published the slide and an associated article, Ricardo Reyes, Tesla's chief communications officer, tweeted: "Contrary to speculative blogger reports, we still plan to show Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017."
A company spokesperson later told the blog that the Model 3 is still on target to enter production by late 2017. The representative claimed that the slide at the conference was meant to refer to the Model 3 beginning "full production" in 2018.
Above: Tesla slide from 2015 EIA Energy Conference in Washington, DC, this month. First published on InsideEVs.
The Tesla Model 3 was announced mid-last year, and will be sized and priced to fight against the mainstream models from all the major luxury car makers, like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, as well as the competition, such as the Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, Cadillac ATS and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia.
In the US, the Model 3 will have a price tag of around US$35,000 ($45,600). To achieve this target price, the Model 3 will have a lithium-ion battery with a range of around 320 kilometres. The company's larger and more expensive Model S is capable of between 440 and 550km, depending on the model.