Tesla Model 3 Spotted Looking Ready For Production

As the clock ticks down to Elon Musk’s claimed July production date for the Tesla Model 3, a near production-spec prototype has been snapped up close on Imgur by user WattLOL8, offering us an unimpeded look at the vehicle’s completed design.

Just as Musk has said all along, the exterior and interior designs of the brand’s entry-level electric sedan are essentially identical to the concept that premiered over 12 months ago. Of particular interest for us are the headlights which despite the vehicle’s relatively low starting price, have quite an intricate inner design that looks far more complex than those of the Model S and Model X.

Elsewhere, this prototype has some fairly ugly panel gaps but in all probability, these will be rectified for customer-spec production examples.

Interestingly, the Tesla engineers who left the Model 3 unattended and charging opted to cover up the steering wheel and large central screen, sparking some hope among fans that the brand may be hiding a little easter egg in the cabin.

Last month, Tesla released a chart comparing the Model 3 against the current Model S in its ongoing bid to anti-sell the entry-level car. The chart revealed that the model will have over 215 miles of driving range and accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in a brisk 5.6 seconds. It also confirmed that the minimalist interior will be dominated by a 15-inch digital touchscreen.

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  • Status

    Gotta close up that panel gap between the hood and front fascia before production.

    • PJE

      Yep. Nice looking car, but the panel gaps are a little pre-production in a number of places. Especially the trunk line on the rear fender.

    • Dennis James

      I think it is intentional, at least to me it would look too bland without that larger gap that breaks up the front hood from the front bumper.

    • TotallyDisqusted

      Unfortunately that is unlikely to happen. Model X’s are well known to have terrible panel gaps and misaligned panels.

      • flyfish

        Agree, the current model S and X have pretty nasty panel gaps, my ’72 Gremlin had tighter gaps :-). Don’t really think Tesla or current/future owners care.

    • Tom
  • BlackPegasus

    It looks like one of those ubiquitous cars used in Auto Insurance commercials.

  • Six_Tymes

    Dat GAP! or should i say gapS

  • Bo Hanan

    For people who hate cars…

  • pcurve

    Mmmm. ouch… Uneven gaps, misaligned crease lines, unsmooth surface transition from bumper to panels… yikes. This is like Geely and Chery level quality from 7-8 years ago.

  • futures

    Those wheel wells are just ginormous. 19″ wheels should fill out the the gaps much better on a car this size. As is, the car looks less aggressive because of the huge gaps.

  • benT

    No shots of the motors………………

  • GobbleUp

    Boring design.

  • geo241

    Harris Ranch supercharger stop.

    Personally I like the design,especially the front better than my S.

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