Model III: Tesla's 3-Series Fighter will Arrive in 2017
With cars like the Mazda3 and the Audi A3, the auto industry surely isn’t short on nameplates that include the third digit. Tesla can claim to be the latest entry with its new Model III electric sports sedan, which takes aim at perhaps the most renowned ‘3’ of all time – the BMW 3 Series. In its grand reveal, Tesla has once again proven that it is not like other automakers. Instead of releasing pages on pages of wordy specs through the company’s press site, Tesla CEO Elon Musk simply sat down with the UK’s Auto Express for an exclusive interview and later confirmed the news on Facebook. Corporations don’t get more straightforward than that.
In his interview with Auto Express, Musk confirmed that he had originally intended for the Model III to be called the Model E, effectively creating a Tesla lineup of S, E, and X, but ran into a few snafus along the way…mainly Ford.
“We were going to call it Model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.”
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Musk’s grin-worthy corporate communications aside, little can be confirmed about the Model III, aside from pricing and range. According to Musk, the Model III will retail for around $35,000 when it hits the road in 2017, and deliver a realistic range of about 200 miles per charge. As with Tesla’s other models, the III will come with free use of Tesla’s Supercharger network.
Rumors suggest that the III will be about 20 percent smaller than the Model S, using an all-new platform rather than a chopped version from underneath the S or X. Batteries will likely come from Tesla’ yet un-built Gigafactory. Are you excited yet?
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Image Credit: Auto Express