Since Elon Musk first showed the Tesla Model 3 in the world in March 2016, speculation about the electrical equivalent of the BMW 3 Series has sometimes reached levels of obsession. While the first 12 months were largely limited to design analyzes and hot catches, this often seemed to reflect more accurately the author’s position on Tesla’s stock rather than the potential merits of the car, The production of prototypes at the end of February resulted in numerous spy shots of both amateur and professional varieties.
In one way or another, the California automaker managed to keep the details unresolved until tonight’s presentation of the first 30 cars customers to their new owners, who have been patiently waiting for since filing a deposit Of $ 1,000 almost 16 months ago. (The first production car, SN1, became the property of Musk after the board member, Ira Ehrenpreis, made his claim as a birthday present.)
So what do they get in exchange for their cold and liquidity (and some taxpayer funds in the form of incentives that reduce the net price in the mid-1920s, depending on the state)?
Well, in the case of these 30 first customers, as well as most others who take delivery before the fall, basically a specification car. Since model 3 represents an exponential increase in Tesla’s manufacturing capacity requirements, the automaker initially offers the new sedan in a single configuration: the rear router with the optional 310-mile battery and the premium package. Although the $ 35,000 annual benchmark price for model 3 remains unchanged, the two mandatory options add $ 9,000 and $ 5,000 respectively to the price, bringing the total pre-incentive sticker of model 3 to $ 49,000 Long Range Premium. It is therefore not surprising that the S 75 RWD input level model has recently been interrupted.
However, the story behind the larger battery is not just the range. Although the engine specification is one of the few details we have not seen, Tesla says the Long Range can reach 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds versus 5.6 seconds for the standard 220-mile car, Which will become available in the fall once the pace of production has increased and, presumably, at least some pain points have been eliminated. The top speed also increases from 130 mph to 140. In addition, the 3 LR model costs much faster, collecting 170 miles per hour at a supercharger instead of 130 and 37 miles of range per hour on a 240 volts Against 30.
Meanwhile, the Premium Package gathers the interior with “top-of-the-line seats and cabin materials everywhere”. The unique material highlighted is the open-pore wood trim, but the suede door inserts are also part of the deal, as well as leather furnishings. Other accessories include 12-way power-adjustable front seats, power adjustable steering column, premium audio system, tinted glass roof, self-dimming and heated power folding electric rear view mirrors, Fog lamps for standard LED spotlights and LED lights, heated rear seats with dedicated USB ports and a center console with two USB ports and telephone docks.
If this makes the basic sound of model 3 is poorly equipped, you are not wrong. While the 15-inch screen remains, the leather is replaced by a textile padding and the center console closed the way, although the two USB ports remain. The audio system in stock has only the FM and broadcast functionality, the latter of which is easy to access thanks to the standard WiFi and LTE connectivity, as well as the required Bluetooth integration. A backup camera is the only external optical gear that comes standard, not including the auto sensor, and there is only one 12-volt outlet for both USB ports. But at least the rear seats fold in a 60/40 configuration. We did not see any model 3 interior without the Premium package and, given the production plan, the examples are almost certainly prototypes, so a comparison is not yet possible. However, even in Premium form, the interior without gauge model 3 is decidedly minimalist – perhaps uncomfortably, as there is not a single button to be found apart from the steering wheel mounted controls.
Speaking of autopilot, while Model 3 comes standard with a suite of seven cameras, a front radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors, you’ll need to split an additional $ 5,000 to unlock the driver assistance feature, Such as active speed control and channel support. The “Enhanced autopilot” option (active safety systems such as collision elimination and automatic braking are enabled on all versions, however). Customers may also pay an additional $ 3,000 for the “full autonomous driving capability”, which does not yet exist and appears to be the kind of thing Tesla would allow you to purchase separately in the future, as the hardware Is already present in every car.
Physically, the Tesla Model 3 is slightly larger than the BMW 3 Series, its 184.8-inch length is exactly two inches longer, while its 113.2-inch wheelbase offers a 2.6-inch advantage. At 72.8 inches wide, model 3 is also 1.5 inches wider, and with a height of 56.8 inches, 0.3 to 0.5 inches more. Things remain narrow on the scale as well, with the Model 3 Long Range weighing at 3,814 pounds while the smaller battery reduces the weight from nearly 300 pounds to 3,549; A little over half of this volume is in the rear half of the car, with a distribution check at 47/53 percent f / r for regular models 3 and 48/52 for long range models . The BMW, in the meantime, weighs between 3,665 and 3,820 pounds, depending on the configuration.
Despite the slightly larger dimensions, the model 3 offers an almost identical amount of interior space like the BMW. The clear height measures 40.3 inches at the front and 37.7 inches at the rear for the models of glass roofs, falling slightly to 39.6 inches at the front for the standard roof variants. The leg rooms measure 42.7 inches in front and 35.2 inches in the rear, increases of 0.7 and 0.1 inches, respectively, while the shoulder position is 56.3 Inch for the front occupants (an advantage of 1.3 inches on the 3 series) and 54.0 inches for the rear seat (A disadvantage of 1.0 inch). The BMW also has a cargo space advantage, offering 17.0 cubic feet compared to Tesla’s 15.0, but it is not certain whether this figure includes the front and rear trunk.
Below, the model 3 features a double delta front suspension with double tube shock absorbers and a rear multi-link. The steering is a variable ratio and, unsurprisingly, electrically assisted, as are the brakes, which also feature an electronic power distribution capability. The eighteen-inch wheels are standard, while the 19-inch wheels are offered as an $ 1,500 option; Both are delivered exclusively with all-season tires, so you will have to hit Tire Rack no matter if you want something with more grip.
Tesla offers six exterior colors: Solid Black is standard and free, while the other five – Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White and Red – add $ 1,000 in total.
Once you add up all available options, including prepayment, you are $ 59,500 before incentives if you want larger wheels and any color other than black to be far from the highly rated brand $ 35,000. It’s a big chunk of change for a luxury segment car on luxury features, but Tesla’s premium, if you will, does not seem to have deterred too many of its fans in the past. Several hundred thousand planted $ 1,000 for an online spot in the days following the announcement of model 3, and the excitement does not seem to diminish except for those who hold short positions on Tesla’s stock.
However, what could be important is the manufacturing plan. Unlike the first adopters of the brilliant X model, buyers of model 3 will probably not tolerate the same level of growth pains this time, implying that the execution of its next stage of growth is of paramount importance. The depositors can always cancel their order, and there is also the small question of the next electric series 3 for Team Elon Musk which one worries about, but it is clear that inside and all, Tesla built “it” And “they” have come – all that remains is for the company to build several hundred thousand of “him”, and we will soon find out if this can do it.
Tesla Model 3/Model 3 Long Range Specifications
|LAYOUT||4-door, 5-passenger, rear-motor, RWD sedan|
|L x W x H||184.8 x 72.8 x 56.8 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.6/5.1 sec|
|TOP SPEED||130/140 mph|