New Tesla Model 3 Finally Detailed, Offers Up To 310 Miles Of Range

Tesla celebrated the launch of the Model 3 with a special handover event of the first 30 production cars at their Freemont factory.

Elon Musk officially revealed to the world the final production version of Tesla’s entry-level model, with the Model 3 to come in two versions: the standard $35k derivative and the so-called Long Range model that starts from $44k. All prices are before incentives.

Let’s dive in in the specs then, shall we? The standard Model 3 will offer an EPA-estimated 220 miles of driving range (354km), 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 130mph. Opt for the Long Range model and you’ll get 310 miles of range (498km), 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds and a 140mph top speed.

The two versions also have differences in their charging rates; standard models will gain 130 miles of range per 30 minutes of charging at Tesla’s Supercharger, with the Long Range gaining 170 miles for the same amount of time. The rates become 30 miles per hour from a 240V household outlet at 32A for the standard and 37 miles per hour for the Long Range.

As standard, all Model 3s will come equipped with a 15-inch touchscreen display, dual-zone climate control and textile seating among others. Each car will be equipped with all the hardware necessary for full autonomy as well, including eight cameras, forward radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors which also enable the collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking systems.

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is a $5,000 option and enables the Model 3 to drive itself within a lane, automatically change lanes, transition from one highway to another, exit the freeway and self-park. More features will be added through software updates in the future, with Tesla also promising full self-driving capability for an extra $3,000 in the future.

The exterior color palette includes Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat and Red Multi-Coat. All of them are $1,000 options, sans the Solid Black which is standard.

For those who want the interior of the Model 3 to be better equipped, Tesla offers the $5,000 Premium Upgrades Package which adds things like 12-way power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors, heated seating, an open pore wood trim, two additional USB ports for the rear, a premium audio system, a tinted glass roof which takes the idea of Model X’s huge windscreen and reverses it for the rear passengers, LED fog lamps and a covered center console with docking for two smartphones.

The chassis utilizes double wishbones for the front and a multilink setup for the rear and comes with a set of 18-inch alloys as standard or 19-inch alloys as an option. Curb weight is set at 3549lbs (1609kg) for the standard Model 3 and 3814lbs (1730kg) for the Long Range derivative, with the weight distribution being 47-53 for the former and 48-52 for the latter. Tesla wants the Model 3 to score the highest safety ratings in every category as well.

“We’re building the cars as fast as we can,” said Elon Musk during the handover event. “But the production rate will move as fast as the slowest component in the whole mix [of 10,000 unique components]”.

Musk also said that their production facility would build half-a-million Model 3s and 100,000 Model Ss and Xs, without though providing a timetable. While Tesla hasn’t been clear about delivery dates, it’s pretty much common knowledge that mass deliveries are slated for 2018.

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  • Craig

    Be very careful Mr. Musk. Toyota’s reputation got a well-deserved kick in the pants when they became too focused on NUMBERS and the QUALITY of their vehicles suffered as a result.

  • Carenthusiast

    There’s no way one can reach the right half of touchscreen from a comfortable driving position! Unless you have a long handle reacher to operate….Trunk size is likely to have a huge impact due to unique rear window.

    • S3XY

      You’ve clearly never driven any Tesla. Invalid opinion.

      • Matt

        You’re insanely biased, so your opinion is invalid too.

      • Carenthusiast

        How do you know that? Yes, have driven S and X’s umpteen times. They have portrait screens but 3 has a rectangular screen which is a bit higher too compared to other Tesla’s. Btw…. If you don’t know, don’t waste your time.

      • Smith

        When did you drive the Tesla 3? Your response is totally invalid!

    • Sébastien

      That’s why all driving related stuff is… On the driver side of that screen.
      It might be easier than on model S/X.

    • Apparently they modified the rear to make the boot have a wider opening. I haven’t personally seen it in images but Jalopnik tested it out, if that helps.

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    Congrats Elon!

  • Akira

    How the hell do you see your speed? If it has a head-up display that’s fine but if it is on the screen that’s inconvenient borderline dangerous.

    • S3XY

      Are you a woman? Overreact much? It’s clearly visible on the screen. There is nothing dangerous about it. I don’t even see the speedometer in my car because my steering wheel covers it being low.

      • Bash

        Valid point (sarcasm)… What do you drive btw?

      • I don’t think being sexist is really going to help your argument.

  • Finkployd

    Stunning, great specs. Can’t wait to try one

  • Peyton

    I thought one selling point of electric cars is that they are simple? (I mean, the interior certainly appears quite plain.) Now we’re told they have 10,000 components.

    Also, it costs $1000 to get it painted a color? Three years ago Tesla was stating it would build a $30,000 vehicle. Now it’s $35k. Plus this plus that.

    • S3XY

      Your first sentence is literally retarded. Simple = Plain.

      1 year ago Tesla said Model 3 would have 215 miles of range. Now it has 310 miles of range. Things change but clearly not your intelligence.

    • Pavo

      I am also curious about the 10,000 components figure. The Chevrolet Corvette is composed of an average of 1725 parts. I would imagine the Tesla should be less, unless maybe they are counting minute components that make up circuit boards, etc. Less should be a number they are striving for. Are they bragging when they say 10,000?

      • Knotmyrealname

        1725 parts? Around 500 or so would be just the transmission. Think about how many nuts and bolts are in any vehicle. 1725 would be the number of main sub-components. Just think about the wheels for example: 4 tyres, 4 wheels, 20 nuts, 4 valves, 4 valve caps, 4 wheel centre caps – there’s 40 already.
        10,000 must represent all the cells, all the components, down to the last assembly level.

        • Pavo

          GM says 1725 parts from 325 different parts suppliers for the Corvette. And by the way GM personally gave me those figures. I did assembly plant tours for them. But you are correct in questioning that number. Is a fuel pump one part? or are they including all the pieces needed for assembling the fuel pump. I don’t know.

          • Knotmyrealname

            Yes, well parts suppliers provide components which are usually made up of one or more parts. I think we’re in alignment.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Designed AND built in California 🙂

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Hope he can deliver those production numbers…take rate should be very high.
    ‘Regular’ cars are about to become cheap.

  • marioGTI

    Love the car and the technology, but the dash with attached TV to it looks blah….!

  • haudit

    The exterior design isn’t bad, but the interior was obviously priced down to the very nearest dollar, and it shows.

    • Gullet

      I really couldn’t tell by the pictures that the interior is cheap looking. You might be right but I would like to see it irl before I agree with you.

    • I wouldn’t have much of an issue with it but the main object you use every time does. The steering wheel looks like something you get out of a Dacia.

  • Trackhacker

    Wow that interior s horrible. I’ve sat inside the normal Tesla and it feels like your sitting on a wood log. But that screen is just ridiculous. Looks so dumb and not comfortable to use. I love the idea of all electric cars and I’m happy for ll cars to be like that in the future, but I’d never buy a Tesla with that kind of interior.

    • S3XY

      It’s better than any interior I’ve seen. No excess finally. All cars have excess besides Tesla’s. You don’t know what your talking about. Model 3 interior feels amazing. I would never buy any car that isn’t a Tesla.

    • Sébastien

      What was your “normal Tesla” ?

    • GobbleUp

      I have a model s, and agree the 3 interior is so boring. Don’t be fooled by the paid posts here that suppress negative opinions. Just marketing at work.

  • Aquaflex

    Interior looks better than I thought! The steering wheel is good. I want to see the difference between the standard the the premium interior…Tesla you did a good job. I still want gauges in front of me though…but it is what it is!

  • Honda NSX-R

    It loks better in darker colors.

    • S3XY

      It looks best in Red. Darker colors are not “colors”. They are bland and are in the greyscale. Colors pop and are appeasing to look at it.

  • ediotsavant

    There must be a way to configure an electric car instruments like a typical fossil fuel car. That huge iPad in the centre is an eyesore.

    • S3XY

      Fossil fuel cars are eyesores. No one wants a typical fossil fuel car. This is Model 3

      • ediotsavant

        I want a fossil car. Until they create an electric car that can be recharged as quick as you can refill a fossil car, I will keep driving one.

      • Bash

        I love my 2014 Charger SRT, and planning of getting a new one next year or 2019…
        just saying..

    • Sébastien

      Just buy a model S, you’ll get the instrument screen behind the wheel.

    • Althea Later

      What will happen if the iPad style control center ceases to work??? Oh wait… a certain poster will state that it is perfect and will never fail.

  • Plutonium

    This car made for people who like their vehicle that blends in with gray masses. Car looks like four door Nissan 350 Z. Interior example of minimalism. Dash is like modernized version of first 1960s Austin Mini.

    • Jason Miller

      Doesn’t look anything like a 350Z. You might want to have your eyes checked.

  • Vassilis

    Cool! Really, really not sure about the interior though.

  • I’d need a speedo console

    • S3XY

      You won’t care

  • S3XY

    2017. The car that will lead the rEVolution even more. Model 3 is finally here. Gasoline is quickly coming to an end. Everyone that isn’t Tesla is shook and are quaking in their generic black dress shoes at the gas pump. Be scared

    • Sébastien

      Well only 30 of them are “finally here”…

    • Jason Miller

      Gasoline won’t come to an end for a few reasons: 1) electric cars still take way too long to charge. 2) Even if sales of new gasoline powered cars are banned, you’ll still have all the used cars and classics that need it. 3) you’re a troll.

    • Except from the fact that majority of us can’t afford 35K outright or even as monthly payments. At that price point, there are a lot more just as competent EVs (which also happen to offer more spec for the money too) to chose from.

    • Not a fan of the lack of a speedometer in the normal place I am used to having it.

  • Tinky-Winky

    That S3XY dude with a Tesla as profile pic seems to be on fire. While I was reading the article he wrote about 10 replies to those who dared to say anything negative about Model 3. Chill, dude FFS.

    • Carenthusiast

      I hope it isn’t Musk with a fake id!

    • I was tempted to leave a general opinion on this car but I’ve just found myself just reading comments on other Disqus threads and Jalopnik. Hilarious!

    • Paid shills are real

    • Althea Later

      I wonder if he / she is serious or trying to be coy…

  • eb110americana

    The weight (and wait) is impressive. While it is a compact, I did not expect it to come in around 3500 lbs. (A Model S weighs from 900-1,400 lbs. more than the 3.) That is very close to say a Mercedes C-Class. So it would seem electric cars are nearing parity with their gasoline counterparts.

    I think including all of the camera and radar sensing equipment in every car is ridiculous. They are building to a price point, so why charge people for thousands of dollars of equipment that they cannot use? Particularly, I am saying this because from the above, the standard car has manual exterior rear view mirrors and you have to pay an extra $1000 if you don’t want it in black. A basic HUD would have been a wise option as well, although the aftermarket may step in to fill this void if there is an OBDII port on Teslas. Well, at the very least, with all that extra camera hardware built in, maybe someone will figure out how to hack free autonomous driving into the cars even if you didn’t pay the $5000 or the later $3000.

    • Sébastien

      Tesla bet would be to use those sensors to collect data and enhance their software and maps… Even if the car wasn’t spec’d with the enhanced autopilot.

  • Braddo

    I’m sorry i just don’t get that stupid screen inside. Looks absolutely ridiculous. Surely they could have done better than that. That honestly would put me off buying one. Why couldn’t they just design it like model S or X – more integrated????

  • SteersUright

    Awesome car, but realistically its $50k, not $30k, when you add all the cool tech.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Interesting that it comes standard with textile seats but they only show them in leather in the pics…maybe not wanting to show that since it’s likely not a pretty sight.

    The interior is hideous! Minimalist interiors in cars just look like appliances. And $5000 for stuff almost every car since 2000 comes with as standard? $1000 for anything but black? Looks to me like they are trying to REALLY make up margins on options.

  • TheHake

    So… $55k if you load it up. And then you have to wait 30mins to drive only 60km on a summers day. I’ll give it a miss.

  • LJ

    When did $35k for a base car become “affordable for the masses”?

  • Enter Ranting

    What, they couldn’t get the steering controls on that ridiculous tablet too? And, as long as they’re not doing ANYTHING with the interior, how about some wood on that console? Instead of shiny black plastic? I have zero interest in this car.

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