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Published on April 9th, 2017 | by James Ayre

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Tesla Model 3 Sightings Galore (Including First Shots Of Blue Color)

April 9th, 2017 by  


Now that Tesla has begun real-world testing of its Model 3 release candidate, sightings have started to become much more common. A number of interesting shots surfaced recently that have confirmed what the earlier batch we posted about (and the short video posted by CEO Elon Musk) seemed to show — the nose has been redesigned to look more conventional, and the interior seems to be about as simple and uncluttered as ever.

Perhaps more interestingly to some, though, are the shots showing a Model 3 release candidate with a bright blue paint job like the one available on the Model S and Model X (I’m drawing a blank here about what the fancy name for it is). It’s quite a good-looking color, and a nice complement to the silver, black, and red Model 3 paint jobs that we’ve seen to date.

Also, a video surfaced on YouTube that seems worth posting here (the video format really allows you to see how the car looks in the context of a normal road:

The shots from The Tesla Show also seem worth highlighting here — just head on over to that link to take a look a what they saw. Here’s one teaser pic from there (there are a bunch more over on that link above):

Jalopnik also managed to gain some some interesting shots of the release candidate. In particular, the shots of the interior of the Model 3 are worth a look — especially for those wondering about the lack of an instrument cluster. Again, head to the link to check out their acquired pics.

Something that still seems to remain something of a mystery, though, is the trunk. Elon Musk previously said that the trunk opening would be redesigned following complaints that the opening wasn’t big enough, but it’s not completely clear from the images what’s been changed.

As a reminder here, Model 3 production is currently expected to begin in July — 3 or so months from now.

Of course, we still recommend checking out the following 10-minute CleanTechnica video of the Model 3 on the test track on unveiling night, or the 20-minute version below that (from 2 hours on the test track), as well as a ton of Model 3 test track photos from our own Kyle Field.

And here’s EV Annex co-founders Matt Pressman and Roger Pressman chatting about their experience riding in the Model 3 on unveiling night (they also have a book out about getting ready for the Model 3):


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About the Author

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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