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Tesla Model 3 spec revealed, but Tesla doesn’t want you to buy it…

Tesla has confirmed spec for the upcoming Model 3, but it says you should be more excited with current offerings.

THE TESLA MODEL 3 might seem like the next big thing to come out of the American manufacturer, but Tesla CEO, Elon Musk wants you to think otherwise. Last week, an anonymous self-proclaimed insider at Tesla leaked what they said was a screen grab of a comparison page between the upcoming Model 3 and the current Model S, and by all accounts, the Model 3 was lacking. And that’s exactly the desired effect.

For starters, compared to the Model s, the Model 3 is shorter by 132mm, has up to almost 200km shorter range, over 3sec slower 0-100km/h, requires pay per charge (no free unlimited supercharging), has seats five not seven, doesn’t have an electric trunk (and with 450 litres less boot space), gets a 15-inch rather than 17-inch infotainment screen and is available in just 100+ configurations rather than 1500+, among other differences. But is that really sacrificing much to get into an affordable all-electric car?

The Model 3 still looks like a typical Tesla too, and has 396 litres of boot space, gets around 350km range from a charge and accelerates 0-100km/h in around 5.8sec. With over 400,000 pre-orders, it would seem the Model 3 is one of the automotive world’s biggest success stories.

The problem Tesla faces is the Model 3, at its current starting price in the US of $35,000, is barely profitable. And a decline in Model S orders year-to-year compared to the increase in Model 3 pre-orders is showing the cheaper car has already begun cannibalising sales of its larger sibling.

Musk claims Tesla has already been trying to antisell the Model 3 and hasn’t been advertising the car in a bid to curb enthusiasm: “We antisell the Model 3, but our net reservations continue to climb week after week,” Musk said during a conference.

“No advertising, anti-selling, nothing to test drive… (it) still grows every week.” And the worry is that buyers might think the Model 3 is as good or better a car than the current offerings: “We’re doing our best to clear up that confusion so people do not think that Model 3 is somehow superior to Model S,” he said.

Despite what Musk says, the Model 3 still looks good on paper, even if it doesn’t match the spec of the more expensive Model S.

Deliveries of the Model 3 in the US are expected to finally start in the second half of this year, although the wait for current pre-orders is beyond 12 months. The Model 3 will also be arriving in Australia, although no dates or pricing have been announced.

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Andrew Riles
Andrew Riles
3 years ago

I thought the idea of the 3 was for it to be a high volume car, which would likely make it a low profit vehicle to so it is more affordable??

Alex Rae

Alex Rae