Tesla confirms Model III midsize premium sedan for 2017

Article by Christian A., on July 16, 2014

It was not a secret that Tesla wants to challenge the BMW 3-Series as the company revealed the fact that it originally intended to call the car the “Model E”. Still, Tesla’s plans were changed by Ford after the manufacturer claimed rights to the name. As a result, Tesla’s new model will be called Model 3.

According to Tesla, the new Model 3 will have three bars to represent it so instead of having a lineup named S E X, the company will have to use S III X. Set to be unveiled in 2016, the new Tesla Model 3 will go on sale by 2017 and will use an all-new platform, not a cut-down version of the current one used by Model S and Model X.

Elon Musk said that the new car should cost around $35,000 and the key to it is the new battery technology made possible by Tesla’s upcoming Gigafactory. The new plant will produce batteries for all Tesla models but also for competitors such as Mercedes-Benz and Nissan.

Comparing it with the Model S, the new Tesla Model 3 will have a smaller range, over 200 miles (320 km) but will show strong performances. In addition, Elon Musk announced that he company is planning to offer an upgrade for Tesla Roadster owners that will increase the range to about 400 miles or 643 km.

Performance, safety and efficiency are all combined in a seductive package that is the new Tesla Model S. By earning the highest possible safety ratings from regulators, the Model S has reset the expectations for the car of the modern world. This full-electric sedan is considered an evolution in automotive engineering, as it keeps improving even without going back to a shop, thanks to over-the-air software updates. Furthermore, there is no electric vehicle that could travel farther than the Model S.

The new Model S – underpinned by the Tesla Architecture -- has an extremely low center of gravity, thanks to the fact that its battery is located on the floor and its electric powertrain is placed beneath the car. With a very low center of gravity, the Model S has a minimal risk of rollover and at the same time boasts of greater degrees of performance and handling. Furthermore, the use of electric motor means the Model S has no engine, thereby giving the electric sedan a crumple zone that is larger than in other performance sedans for better absorption of the impact from a front collision.

Tesla’s new Model S has already proven it is one of the safest cars in the world by earning the highest possible safety rating from respectable agencies like the NHTSA and the Euro NCAP. Likewise, the Model S has set a record of lowest chance of injury to occupants following evaluations in the United States.

This safety record is backed by a number standard active safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, collision warning and blind spot detection. It could be further supported by optional convenience features like autosteer, autopark, traffic-aware cruise control, and summon.

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