SCOOP! – This is the new Tesla Model 3 (UPDATED)

This image has been released a few moments ago by the photographer Anton Watts in its Instagram page. The car is not a Model S and is also not a Model X, what leads us to say it is doubtlessly the new Model 3, a car that will expand Tesla in many more important markets in the world.

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According to an Elon Musk tweet, it will be sold in Brazil, India, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland. It is worth to remember Singapore has recently commited a huge mistake with a used Model S. With official sales there, things tend to get sorted out.

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One aspect that is evident with the new car is that it has rear suicide doors, or doors that are hinged in the back. With that, the Model 3 probably has no B column, something we will soon confirm.

The car production will only start by the end of 2017, probably in order to count with the Gigafactory, which is slated to start production next year. According to early reports on Tesla’s most affordable car, it will be rear-wheel drive, and, with a 60kWh battery, it will be able reach a 240 miles (390 km) range. The Model 3 may receive larger batteries, for a broader range and more power, and all-wheel drive, what will make it more expensive. If you buy the entry-level version, it is expected to cost around US$ 35,000 before government incentives. There is a possibility that it will be actually cheaper than the Chevrolet Bolt. And we can expect even more fire on Tesla’s decision to sell directly to their customers.

Besides the Model 3, Tesla also intends to produce an SUV based on it. It will be called Model Y, what will make Tesla’s line up be very S3Xy (Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y).

 

UPDATE

The real car ended up not being this one. This is a Model X seen from a different perspective. The real Model 3 can be seen in this article. Forgive us for the mistake.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.