Tesla Model 3 Rumors: March 2016 Reveal, 300 Mile Range

If you’ve been scouring the internet for the latest rumors on the much-anticipated Tesla Model 3, you’ve found them; a recent piece by the UK’s Autocar makes two very big, speculative claims.

The first of these isn’t too hard to swallow; namely, Autocar reports that the Tesla Model 3 will first bow in March of next year, at a special event likely to be held at the automaker’s Palo Alto design studio. The platform and styling will both differ substantially from that of the Model S, the former due to a need to keep costs low by favoring steel over aluminum, and the latter due to a desire to be more bold and distinctive with the marque’s relatively tame sedan design.

The second bit of speculation spouted by the folks at Autocar – that the Tesla Model 3 sedan might achieve up to 300 miles of electric range on a single charge – is frankly a bit harder to swallow. The British motoring mag cites unnamed sources, who’ve reportedly suggested that the more affordable Tesla Model 3 could travel so far. But that figure contradicts what we’d previously been told: that the car would only achieve a range around 200 miles.

The Tesla Model 3 ought to be similar in size to the BMW 3-series, with a 0 to 60 time likely on-par with the hotter M3 model. Production of the car – and the 3’s ability to keep its promised sticker price of just $35,000 – largely hinge on the completion of Phase I of the Tesla Gigafactory. That construction project is ahead of schedule so far.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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