Model 3 combines real world range, performance, safety and spaciousness into a premium sedan that only Tesla can build.
Our most affordable car yet, Model 3 achieves 215 miles of range per charge while starting at only $35,000 before incentives. Model 3 is designed to attain the highest safety ratings in every category.
In 2013, design chief Franz von Holzhausen stated that the Model 3 will "be an Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class type of vehicle that will offer everything: range, affordability, and performance with a starting price of US$30,000" that is targeted toward the mass-market.While technology from Tesla's Model S will be incorporated into the Model 3, it will be 20% smaller than the Model S and have its own unique design.
According to Tesla's CTO, JB Straubel, in October 2015 most Tesla engineers were working on the 3 rather than S or X.Since electric cars have lower cooling needs than combustion cars, the Model 3 does not have a front grille. Musk intended for the final design to be released on June 30, but the design was finished July 27 then it was not publicly released. After the final design of the first Model 3, any further features would be included in future versions of the 3. The glass roof developed by Tesla Glass will be made of the same glass used for roof tiles a glass roof was introduced on the Model S in late 2016.
The Model 3 was codenamed Tesla BlueStar in the original business plan in 2007.The name Model 3, originally stylized as "Model ☰", was announced on Musk's Twitter account on July 16, 2014 however the intended name was Model E that was abandoned due to Ford's trademark on the name Musk wanted the three current models to spell SEX, but settled with "S3X".
In early 2017, after trademark opposition from Adidas, the horizontal bars stylization was abandoned and changed to a numeric "3"