The new model, to be smaller and more affordable than Tesla’s current Model S flagship sedan, has been the subject of speculation since it was revealed as a concept in April 2016, with a series of leaks during its gestation leaving little to be discovered.
Musk had little to say about the new model, referring to it only as “Production unit 1” announcing the car a few hours before tweeting images.
Compared with the 2016 concept the production Model 3 has undergone some minor changes, with slightly different headlight internals, and reshaped door handles, but little else is different at first glance.
It’s also worth noting that the first Model 3 driven on stage at the 2016 reveal was slightly different to the concepts used in static shots, which were closer to the final production example.
Despite Musk’s lack of detail about the new model, a leaked dealer document released in May indicates the Model 3 will be far less customisable than the Model S, at least initially until production demands can be met.
Key stats revealed by that document also confirm a 5.6-second 0-97 km/h hime, a range of 346 kilometres, and a 396 litre boot. The Model 3 will also feature just one 15-inch digital display compared to the dual-display of the Model S. Pricing is set to start from US$35,000 (A$46,000) though international pricing is yet to be revealed, with the Model 3 expected to rival cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class at a cost of around $60k when it arrives locally.
Musk has previously used Twitter to announce that the first 30 Model 3’s would be delivered to customers at a handover ceremony later this month, with 100 cars to be built in August, growing to over 1500 cars per month in September before full production of over 20,000 cars per month is reached in December.
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