Kez Casey | Mar 9, 2016

The smaller, cheaper Tesla Model 3 mid-size all-electric sedan is set to be unveiled to the public in a special event, scheduled for March 31st.

Like the Model X SUV before it however, the Model 3, set to become Tesla’s most accessible offering in terms of price, will be displayed - and the order books opened, however production will follow at a later date.

Expected to begin production during 2017, the Model 3 will offer an estimated driving range of between 320 and 480 kilometres from a single charge, while offering entry-level pricing as low as US$35,000 (A$47,000).

While Tesla’s last release, the Model X, was set back due to engineering delays caused by the complex ‘Falcon Wing’ roof hinged rear doors, the more straightforward (but as yet unseens) Model 3 should offer a less troublesome path to production.

A product of Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 lithium-ion battery factory, the Model 3’s battery pack will benefit from reduced production costs associated with the large scale battery facility.

The Model 3 itself will be similar in size to a BMW 3 Series, however senior company engineers have hinted that the Model 3 will have little in common with existing models, hinting at a new generation of electric motors, expected to be lighter and more compact than those used in the Model S and Model X.

The Model X SUV
The Model X SUV

Apart from announcing the reveal date, and its Southern Californian location, Tesla, and its usually outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, have remained tight-lipped about the Model 3.

With full details of driving range, pricing, and technological innovations expected at the unveiling event, TMR will bring you full coverage as it unfolds.

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