Tesla has finally taken the wraps off the brand’s affordable electric car, that was simply called Model 3, even though it’s actually the fourth car coming from the renowned electric car company. Showing off sleek looks inspired from the Model S and almost the same grille-less front end of the Model X, the new Tesla Model 3 is set to go on sale late next year for at least $35,000.
Inside the cabin, this new electric beauty features the largest infotainment screen ever seen in a vehicle, which extends from the dashboard on an arm and looks like a 4K monitor. If all that sounds interesting, you should know that Elon Musk has already announced that 115,000 pre-orders have been made in the first 24 hours and that’s just the start.
Also according to Musk, the new Model 3 is expected to earn 5 stars in every category of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s tests, and each of the cars will feature the company’s Autopilot hardware and safety features as standard equipment.
The slowest versions of the Model 3 will do 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds, but there’s reasons to get excited as significantly quicker versions have been announced as well. An EPA-certified range of at least 215 miles has also been speculated, leaving the upcoming Chevy Bolt begging for mercy.
The Model 3 will be also more spacious and comfortable than other cars of similar size, thanks to the batteries hiding under the floor. As a result, the engineers from Tesla were able to move the front seats forward and compress the instrument panel, giving rear seat passengers even more space.
According to them, a 7-foot-long surfboard will fit inside, but you’ll have to try that out once you own one. Given the company’s efforts in the development of its Supercharger network, the Model 3 might prove to be a sound choice.