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      After ten years of waiting, Tesla has revealed the Model 3, the vehicle that CEO Elon Musk hopes will take the electric car to the masses.

      At the unveiling of the Model 3 this evening at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car will deliver at least 215 miles of range beginning at just $35,000 — that's a bold claim, and an important one for Tesla to meet. Musk is "fairly confident" that deliveries will begin by the end of 2017, and "you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000, even with no options."

      The base car will do 0-60MPH in less than 6 seconds, with versions that go "much faster." Range will be at least 215 miles, but Tesla hopes to exceed those numbers in the final car. All Model 3 cars will include support for Tesla's high-speed Supercharging network. "It's about going where you want to go," says Musk. By the end of 2017, when the Model 3 launches, Tesla says it will have a total of 7,200 Superchargers, double the number available today.

      Autopilot hardware is standard, and all safety features will be active automatically. Five adults will fit comfortably — "comfortably is the important part here," says Musk.

      The front to rear roof area — from the windshield all the way to the trunk — will be one continuous piece of glass. And, just like the Model S, it will have front and rear trunks for storage. "More cargo capacity than any gasoline car of the same external dimensions," says Musk. You can even fit a 7-foot long surfboard on the inside.

      The two current Tesla vehicles, the Model S and Model X, are both extremely expensive. Even with tax incentives, both cars easily push $100,000. In order for Tesla to sell ten times as many cars as it does now, it needs a much cheaper automobile. That's the Model 3. It's the future of the company.

      But don't expect to get your hands on one any time soon. The Model 3 isn't expected to begin production until late 2017, more than 18 months from now. Tesla will happily take your preorder for a modest $1,000 down payment. Tesla plans to more than double the size of its dealership and service network by the end of next year, to sell and take care of all these new cars.

      For comparison, the biggest direct competitor for the Model 3 is the Chevy Bolt. GM says that car will have an electric range greater than 200 miles and a price, after tax incentives, of around $30,000.

      But today is all about the Model 3, the pinnacle of the Tesla Motors master plan. Elon Musk laid it all out in a blog post ten years ago:

      Build sports car - The Tesla Roadster
      Use that money to build an affordable car - The Model S
      Use that money to build an even more affordable car - The Model 3

      At the announcement of the Model 3 this evening, Elon Musk even thanked Model S and Model X purchasers for funding the development of the car. The Model 3 is the culmination of a decade's worth of work. Elon Musk is betting billions on it, and it needs to deliver. The future of Tesla Motors, quite literally, rides on its success.





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      04-01-2016 12:04 AM #3
      Design leans more toward the X than the S, which is a bummer. Still seems like a great deal though. I'd love to have something like this.
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      04-01-2016 12:04 AM #4
      The car on stage in red looks like a Chinese budget version of the Model S. I'm not sure how I feel. It needs some details up front.

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      Kinda weird without a grille. Even if it does not need one like an ICE car why design the nose looking like it's missing a grille...

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      04-01-2016 12:05 AM #6
      Proportions are a little different than what I'm used to. Amazing specs though

    8. 04-01-2016 12:06 AM #7
      Looks like a a Panamera with a fivehead.

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      04-01-2016 12:08 AM #8
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      Im all for clean and even spartan but this is taking it too far for me. And no way to interact with anything but a touch panel, or presumably voice. Yuck.
      I'm just a regular Joe, with a regular job. I'm your average white, suburbanite slob.

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    10. 04-01-2016 12:08 AM #9
      I don't hate it...

      The flat nose looks goofy. but I guess it will look OK with the mandatory front plate bracket on it for California...

      Next year I change work locations so I will have to commute... I'll consider it.

      On a side note, I've never heard Elon speak, but that was painful to watch, terrible at presenting ( like he had coffee, redbull, adderall and a wicked stutter.)

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      04-01-2016 12:08 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
      Kinda weird without a grille. Even if it does not need one like an ICE car why design the nose looking like it's missing a grille...
      "5-star crash rating, all around".

    12. 04-01-2016 12:08 AM #11
      The matte gray one has different door handles than the other ones. It has the Model S type handles and the other ones have "J" shaped ones. Wonder if it's a more performance oriented model or something.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mixican View Post
      Looks like a a Panamera with a fivehead.
      I was going for shrunken cayenne, but yeah, this.
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      04-01-2016 12:10 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by TheCool View Post
      The matte gray one has different door handles than the other ones. It has the Model S type handles and the other ones have "J" shaped ones. Wonder if it's a more performance oriented model or something.
      I noticed that too. I think it could just be a prototype that was produced earlier than the other two.
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      04-01-2016 12:10 AM #15
      The interior is almost perfect. Just replace that two spoke wheel with a three spoke one.
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      04-01-2016 12:12 AM #16
      I'm gonna start a company offering vinyl stick on faux grill for that and the Model X.

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      I read this in the other thread before I saw the pic in this thread:

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      THAT DASH (or lack of)!!! so CLEAN!!
      man I cook steaks and potatoes for a family of tree on a skillet smaller than that thing
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      04-01-2016 12:14 AM #18
      15" touchscreen, as opposed to the 17" one in the Model S. Having only one display saves money, smart. I'm assuming there'll be a HUD.
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      04-01-2016 12:15 AM #19
      Reserved. If I didn't reserve it now, I'd regret it in a couple of years.

      Absolutely love the design, the glass, the hatch, the interior/clean dash/touchscreen. It's pretty much perfect as-is.
      Assuming supercharging is standard, the only option I'd want is autopilot.
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    21. 04-01-2016 12:15 AM #20
      I think the front could have been done better, by eliminating the flat space where the grille looks like it should be, and simply extending the character line at the sides all the way across the front. Aside from that nitpick ... looks awesome.

      Interior looks minimalist - and, I suspect, not 100% production ready.

      I don't think I'm ready for doing almost everything through a touch screen.

    22. 04-01-2016 12:16 AM #21
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      I'm gonna start a company offering vinyl stick on faux grill for that and the Model X.
      In my head I see an Aston / Fusion / Mustang where the grill would be... A slight mod on the bumper skin would keep that from popping up in my mind .

    23. 04-01-2016 12:16 AM #22
      Am I crazy, or are the front wheels larger diameter than the rears?

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    25. 04-01-2016 12:16 AM #24
      Love it. Shut up and take my money

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      04-01-2016 12:17 AM #25
      I hate the steering wheel. I like, or can deal, with everything else.

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