Production of the Model 3 will begin late next year, with international deliveries following. Unfortunately, deliveries of the car down-under are not expected to arrive until late 2018 or early 2019.
The smaller Tesla EV will sit on a new platform and is expected to be offered in two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive formats. The Model 3 will use similar lithium-ion battery technology to its siblings, although it will likely be outclassed in regards to performance. However, the car should sprint from 0-100km/h in a supercar-esque time of under five seconds before reaching a top speed of 250km/h.
Local pricing won’t be available until the official launch, although Tesla founder Elon Musk has long stood by his commitment to produce a cost-effective electric vehicle.
It is expected that the car will cost around half as much as the lauded Model S, landing the Model 3 in the area of $60-$70,000. This structure would make for good competition against similarly-priced German rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series.
Australian pre-orders will be taken in four locations on March 31:
Melbourne Service Centre and Store – Shop 4 650 Church St, Cremorne – 8:00am opening time
Chadstone Store – Chadstone Shopping Centre Melbourne near Myer – 9:00am opening time
Sydney Service Centre and Store – 10 Herbert St, St Leonards – 8:00am opening time
Carindale Display – Carindale Shopping Centre, Brisbane – 9:00am opening time
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