The revealing of the Mannequin three will happen by way of a stay stream occasion, which you’ll be able to watch here. It is because of begin at four.30am tomorrow morning.
As Tesla’s teaser photographs have proven, the Mannequin three is about three quarters of the dimensions of the present Model S, and sits on the backside of Tesla’s vary. It joins the Mannequin S saloon and the just lately revealed Model X SUV. Manufacturing of the automotive is because of start in 2017, however clients are anticipated to have the ability to order the automotive from tomorrow.
Costs for the Mannequin three have but to be set, nevertheless it’s anticipated to value round $35,000 within the US (about £25,000). Nevertheless, as soon as the price of bringing the automotive to the UK has been taken under consideration, costs are more likely to rise to round £35,000.
Few particulars concerning the Tesla Mannequin three have been revealed, however sources have indicated that efficiency as much as 62mph might eclipse that of the BMW M3, which data a zero-62mph time of four.1sec. Sources recommend the Mannequin three may have a variety of as much as 300 miles on a single cost.
Initially, it was thought that Tesla’s essential third mannequin would arrive late final yr, however Tesla boss Elon Musk has since defined that his agency’s Gigafactory – which can produce batteries for all Tesla automobiles – wanted to be up and operating earlier than the automotive got here out. The Gigafactory is at present being constructed with companion Panasonic, and is because of open in 2017. It is claimed the Gigafactory will revolutionise the best way during which batteries are produced for electrical automobiles, and convey essential economies of scale for Tesla.
Chris Porritt, Tesla’s vice-president of engineering, has beforehand informed Autocar: “I anticipate there shall be little or no carry-over [from the Model S]. We’ve received to be value-efficient. We will’t use aluminium for all of the [small car’s] elements.” This means that the Mannequin three will use principally metal in its make-up, though it is going to in all probability use bonding and rivets in its development.
Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has informed Autocar the Mannequin three will boast extra distinctive styling than the comparatively typical Mannequin S. “We’ll turn into extra experimental as we develop as a model,” he stated. “Our automobiles have to have some character.” Nevertheless, the model’s hallmarks, together with a black, closed entrance grille and a big central touchscreen infotainment system, are more likely to function.
Tesla insiders have additionally revealed that the Mannequin three has been engineered to accommodate numerous totally different bodystyles if the producer decides to make them. In addition to conventional property and coupé choices, firm bosses have beforehand talked about making a Tesla decide-up.
Along with the Mannequin three, an all-new Tesla Roadster is beneath improvement for launch in 2019.