Tesla is gearing up for the big reveal of the Model 3, its first mass-market car.
CEO Elon Musk unveiled the car for the very first time last March, but Tesla will show off the production version of the sedan in July. The summer show will allow the roughly 400,000 customers who pre-ordered the vehicle a chance to see the final version before deliveries begin at the end of the year.
We broke down everything you need to know about the Model 3 — scroll down for a closer look:
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First, the basics. Tesla will offer at least four different colour options for the Model 3: red, silver, metallic grey, and black.
The car will be able to drive at least 340km on a single charge. That's pretty darn good for a $35,000 car!
That edges out the Chevy Bolt, which can do 0-100km/h in roughly 7 seconds. Musk has said that more expensive version of the car will have longer ranges and faster acceleration times.
The Model 3 comes with eight cameras, one radar sensor, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a new Nvidia Drive PX2 supercomputer to support Tesla's second-generation Autopilot system, dubbed Enhanced Autopilot.
Enhanced Autopilot will eventually allow the car to match its speed to traffic conditions, automatically change lanes without driver input, merge on and off highways, and park itself. Tesla owners can also summon the car in more complex environments, like a crowded parking lot.
It costs an extra $US5,000 to activate Enhanced Autopilot features, but standard safety features will come free.
Tesla says the new hardware will eventually allow the cars to completely drive themselves. But the Self-Driving feature will cost an additional $US5,000 ($US10,000 total, including the price of Enhanced Autopilot) to activate. The regulatory environment will determine when Tesla can release the fully driverless system.
Tesla's Supercharger network is nothing to sniff at. A Supercharger can restore 270km of range in just 30 minutes. That's much faster than a Tesla partner station or a wall socket.
Better yet, Tesla is doubling the number of Superchargers worldwide by the end of 2017. The grey dots in the map above show the new Superchargers coming online by the end of the year.
Just like the Model S, Tesla will offer an array of premium features for its Model 3, Electrek reported. In addition to the glass roof, Tesla will also allow customers to purchase 18-inch or 19-inch wheels.
Tesla opened its own glass division last October for its solar roof division. The group is developing glass that can use heating elements to clear snow while still generating energy. Musk said this kind of glass can be used as a rear defroster on cars, but it's still not clear whether we will see this technology on the Model 3.
See how there's no grille? The car is completely smooth.
It also comes with a massive, 15-inch tablet. But unlike the tablet in the Model S and Model X, the tablet sits horizontally.
Re-orienting the touchscreen might make it easier to access the different features while driving.
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