Tesla Model 3 Won't Just Be One Car

By James O Malley on at

The world has been eagerly anticipating the Tesla Model 3 for some time now but it seems that the car, when it does finally arrive, will actually be two different models.

The Wall Street Journal reports Tesla's JB Straubel as saying that the Model 3 will come as both a Sedan (or a saloon as we call it in the UK – ie: it will look similar to the current Model S), but also as a Crossover. This means is that it will be a bit bulkier, and like a cross between a hatchback and a sports-utility-vehicle.

Unfortunately we don't have any more details yet on the differences between the two models; it will be particularly interesting to compare the range on the two cars when that information emerges. We found out last month that Elon Musk did want to use the moniker "Model E" for the new cars, but frustratingly for Elon Musk, Ford already had the trademark.

Perhaps most exciting is the fact that it appears Tesla's intention with the Model 3 is to create a more affordable vehicle. The Model S currently retails for around £50,000, so is still somewhat a toy of the rich; the Model 3 is expected to be around half that, which while still not cheap will make it an accessible car to many more people, which is good news for the planet. [WSJ via Engadget]