We know that it’s the same car, as it wore the same number plate as the previous one, which was spied earlier. One of the three vehicles was recently spied on roads, as per an image shared by an Instagram account. The blue coloured electric sedan had a temporary license plate.
Tesla Model 3 undergoing tests
Well now, a user called The Fat Biker has uploaded a video on YouTube. The video shows the Tesla Model 3 model is the dual motor variant. So, the vehicle seems to have an electric motor on each of the axles, which provides an all-wheel drive setup. The car rolls on 18-inch wheels with the aerodynamic kit that allows a slight increase in electric range.
The vehicle has Michelin Pilot Sport 4S high-performance tires. As an electric vehicle, the Tesla Model 3 can immediately reduce all torque. The video shows the vehicle accelerating rapidly at the 2:05 mark in the video.
However, Tesla is unlikely to offer the all-wheel drive Model 3 in India. Like its competitors BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE, it may arrive in India in the form of rear-wheel drive.
Watch video here:
Three Tesla Model 3s coming to India
Tesla, the Elon Musk-led US electric automaker, has been creating buzz in the country ever since it was officially confirmed that the electric sedan will make its debut in India.
Previously, reports had suggested that the company would import three Model 3s to India for testing and ARAI approval.
Tesla has already registered Tesla Indian Motors & Energy Pvt Ltd in Bengaluru, Karnataka as its subsidiary. It may have its headquarters in Mumbai and showrooms in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The Model 3 is the cheapest Tesla vehicle. Hence, it might be the first from the company to hit the Indian market.
Tesla’s global lineup
The global product lineup of Tesla includes the Model S sedan, the Model X SUV, the Model 3 compact and Model Y compact crossover. As India is a price sensitive market, it is most likely that Tesla will make India debut with the Model 3. However, since India is a large market for small SUVs, the Model Y may also be on cards.
The Model 3 is a sedan that claims a 0-100 km/h speed in 3.1 seconds and a range of 500 km+ compared to the top variant. However, it is not clear yet if all variants of the electric sedan will arrive in India. Since Tesla has huge investments in its Shanghai plant and it will build the Model 3 there, the vehicles may come directly from China.
Price and launch date
Since this is a CBU, the car could cost around Rs 55 lakh rupees, ex-showroom. Tesla could launch its first car in India later this year. The Tesla Model 3 will take on Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE, and Audi A4.