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Car and Driver: The Tesla Model 3 Is Here: First Photos, Early Details!

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk personally unveiled his company’s latest electric vehicle, the Model 3 sedan, at an event tonight in California, where he doubled down on his company’s pledge that the new model will be affordable. How affordable? Musk insists it will start at $35,000 before any federal and local tax incentives are factored into the final purchase price. The event also provided us our first photos of the Model 3, which is smaller than Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X crossover, as well as early details, which we’ve listed by topic below:
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Range: In its most basic form (which we assume to be the version with the smallest-capacity battery pack), the Model 3 will be capable of 215 miles of range per the EPA’s testing guidelines. Musk added that the number could be even higher upon final certification.

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Power: No output numbers were given during the reveal—let alone confirmation of drive layout, number of electric motors, etc.—but Tesla claims the slowest Model 3 will reach 60 mph from a rest in less than six seconds. Other versions are said to be much, much quicker.

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Batteries: Battery particulars also remain elusive. Even so, the Model 3 will use lithium-ion battery packs produced in Tesla’s new Gigafactory. The packs can be supercharged as a standard feature.

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Safety: Musk promises the Model 3 will net five-star safety ratings in every category, although it wasn’t specified whether the ratings would be on the scales of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or NHTSA or both. Also on the topic of safety, every Model 3 will be equipped with Tesla’s “Autopilot” semi-autonomous technology, as well as unspecified Autopilot-related safety features that we assume include automatic emergency braking.

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Basic Car-ness: The Model 3 seats five people, can fit a seven-foot surfboard inside, and has both a front trunk (“frunk”) and a conventional rear cargo area.

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bleh

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i know. make it a coupe and bring down the roof. should help.

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