Key details concerning the performance and dimensions of Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 have leaked online with the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club forum publishing what it claims to be a dealer comparison chart designed to upsell customers into the larger, more expensive Model S.
Contained within the comparison chart are the Model 3’s 0-60 MPH (0-97 km/h) times, at 5.6 seconds, and the Model 3’s battery range, described as 215+ miles (346 kilometres). Tesla’s official product information backs that up with claims of a 345km range and 0-100 km/h acceleration of “under 6 seconds”.
The document also points out details like the Model S’s 1500+ possible customisation options, versus the less than 100 for the Model 3, the smaller Model 3’s 14 cubic foot cargo volume (396 litres) and lack of powered tailgate compared to the 30 cubic foot (850 litres) Model S with a powered liftgate, and the single digital display for the cheaper model against the dual-display Model S.
While the document appears to contain plausible details about the as-yet unreleased Model 3, the idea of putting the new model down in the minds of potential buyers before it even launches and selling them into a car that costs twice what the Model 3 is expected to sell for seems like a risky strategy for any automaker to engage in.
The document also suggests that orders placed now for a Model 3 would be unable to be delivered before the middle of 2018, again congruent with Tesla’s own information which sets a production start date of mid 2017 and a delivery estimate for new reservations of “mid 2018 or later”.
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