Did '60 Minutes' Get a Model III Sneak Peek?
Tesla Motors announced that they will be begin deliveries of their much anticipated (and delayed) Model X crossover electric car this Fall, which will give them their second internally-developed vehicles (the original Roadster was largely manufactured by Lotus of England).
While Tesla says it has plenty of pre-order for the crossover with its Falcon rear doors, it's the Model III that's got everyone excited. It's the 'affordable' Tesla anticipated to be priced in the mid-$30,000 price range, half the base sticker price of the Model S, considered by many the finest automobile in the world.
What we don't know at this point is what it will look like, though that hasn't prevented graphic designers from taking a stab at it over the last many months. Now we might have a hint at its final shape as revealed in the screen grab from a recent episode of '60 Minutes' - the Australian version, featuring an interview with Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO. Below is that interview and above is the screen grab showing the left rear quarter view of a full scale clay model that may - or may not - be of the Model III.
If this is the Model III, then it carries on, as you'd expect, many of the design cues found in the both the S and X models, though on a smaller, more compact scale. We know that Tesla is aiming to compete with Audi, BMW and Mercedes in the compact luxury performance car class. As to when the III will debut, we're told that the company will show the prototype in 2016 and begin production in 2017, which could mean deliveries happening in 2018, just around the timeframe that Chevrolet will bring out the Bolt, their new 200-mile electric car.
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