The anticipated Tesla Model 3 has been officially unveiled on Friday. The electric sedan will be the most affordable option in the company lineup with a starting price of just US$35,000. Details are lacking at this point of time but CEO Elon Musk on his Twitter account claimed that the company has received over 276,000 preorders for the Model 3 by the end of Saturday.
So what makes the Model 3 so special that so many people put down a refundable reservation fee of $1,000 just hours after its introduction? Well, apart from being the cheapest offering, the car is smaller, lower and sportier than the Model S, despite the lack of a front grille.
Even with the size, the cabin will seat five comfortably, with plenty of headroom available thanks to the use of two large panes of glass roof. The instrument panel has also been pushed forward, allowing Tesla to move the front seats forward for some extra legroom in the rear. You can learn more about the Model 3 by clicking the video below.
The Model 3 will come with Tesla’s Supercharging capability as well as the Autopilot safety features as standard, which can be accessed via a tablet-style infotainment display much like that of its bigger sibling.
We don’t know what the drivetrain is yet but we do know it will enable the electric sedan to move from 0 to 100 km/h in under six seconds and cover up to 346 km of driving range per charge. As for safety, Musk claims that the Model 3 will ace every safety test category.
According to Tesla, first deliveries of the Model 3 will commence in late 2017 but judging by the amount of preorders coming in, hopeful owners will have to do some waiting before they can get their hands on the electric sedan. Musk is confident that he could ramp up the production at Tesla’s vehicle assembly plant in California and Gigafactory lithium ion battery facility.