Tesla's Model 3 Reveal In March Won't Show 'Everything'

Feb 03, 2016 03:43 PM EST | John Nassivera

Those hoping to find out more about Tesla's Model 3 only have to wait until March for the electric car's reveal, but they should not expect to receive every detail about the production version.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about the unveiling at a recent event at the electric carmaker's base in Chambourcy, France, hinting that it may be the same as the one for the Model X crossover, according to AutoExpress.

"The first pictures of the Model 3 will be end of March," Musk said. "I am being a little coy here, we are not gonna show everything about the Model 3 until a lot closer to production time."

This presents the possibility that the Model 3 that Tesla will show off next month will be a pre-production prototype.

Production for the Model 3 isn't set to start until 2017, and the vehicle isn't expected to be made available to consumers until 2018.

The Model 3 is also expected to sell for $35,000, which would make it much cheaper than Tesla's Model S sedan, as well as have a 200-mile range, Car and Driver reported. It was also reported about three months ago that the vehicle may have an aerodynamic design.

The Model 3 reveal is planned for late March, and there is a possibility that Tesla will debut the electric vehicle in Europe in order to take on competitors like the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE. While the car may not get the same 90-kilowatt battery found in the Model S, Auto Express noted that it should still be able to rival the BMW M3's 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.1 seconds.

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