Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate Spotted In Silicon Valley (New Pictures)

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The Tesla Model 3 release candidate that CEO Elon Musk tweeted a short video of last week has surfaced again, this time on a drive near Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California. One of Teslarati‘s readers, a man by the name of Wayne, provided the Tesla-focused news venue with a number of clear and interesting pictures of the Model 3 release candidate.

The changes to the nose that were slightly visible in the video last week can be seen much more clearly in the new pictures, which are worth a look for that alone. Though, there are some other interesting changes that can be seen as well. A seemingly new thing: what appear to be two new sensors/cameras on the c-pillars.

All images above by Wayne

Overall, the outside of the release candidate looks pretty polished. Though, the inside still appears to be fairly similar to what we’ve seen before.

Teslarati provides more: “Teslarati reader, Wayne, spotted the Model 3 driving in the opposite direction before making a U-turn and giving chase to the electric sedan. The Model 3 was followed by two cars, one of which was a BMW, says Wayne. ‘They were driving pretty fast past me. I pulled a u turn and followed. They switched drivers.’

“Wayne was able to capture several great shots of the Model 3 in camera burst mode as it sped away … However, what’s most striking from the photos is the addition of two new sensors that are rear-quarter facing and presumably new Autopilot 2.0 cameras. If true, this would bring the total number of Autopilot 2.0 cameras from 8 to 10.”

What’d do you think? Model 3 production is still slated to begin in July, reportedly, so what you see in the images from Wayne/Teslarati is very likely what you’re going to end up getting if you have a reservation.


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