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Published on March 1st, 2016 | by James Ayre


Tesla Model 3 Will Look Similar To Model S, + Other Tidbits (Rumor)

March 1st, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

A recent post on the Tesla Motors Club forum concerning the Model 3 — detailing a conversation with a purported Tesla insider — has revealed what many of us have already been expecting. That the Tesla Model 3 will look very similar to the Model S sedan, just smaller.

Tesla Model S red blue black grey

Here’s the full comment in question, courtesy of “MrJones390“:

And he said the following:
-Model 3 looks very similar to Model S, just smaller and without luxury features like leather seats
-Cost saving is due to Gigafactory, smaller battery and economy features
-Possible release of smaller, stripped down Model X at same time (not sure if name is Model Y)
We’ll see if this is true next month!

This isn’t really surprising (if true). Why take a gamble when you know that by going with the basic Model S look you’re going to please most potential buyers? That said, this does seem to fly in the face of what CEO Elon Musk said previously about the Model 3 “not looking like anything else on the road.” (That may not be the exact quote, I don’t have it here in front of me. But it’s the general gist.)

As far as the possible release of a crossover at the same time, I remain highly skeptical of that. And Musk has seemingly shot that possibility down in the recent past as well, so it seems unlikely. Perhaps the comment about a stripped down Model X was in reference to something else?

The official unveiling of the Model 3 is now less than a month away, though, so I suppose that we’ll know if any of this is true soon enough.

→ Related: Tesla CTO: Model 3 To Feature “Next Generation” Technology

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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