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    Tesla's Next Model - The Model 3 - To Include A Crossover


    • The Tesla Model 3 is to have two variants

    With the Tesla Model X coming over the horizon, talk has begun about Tesla's next model, the Model 3. As we have reported previously, the Model 3 will be around the size of a BMW 3-Series, have a total range of 200 miles, and cost somewhere around $35,000. But the Wall Street Journal reports there is more to the Model 3.

     

    JB Straubel, Tesla’s chief technical officer said at conference in Washington D.C. this past week that the Model 3 will not only come in sedan, but a crossover when its launched in 2017 (hopefully). Straubel went onto say that Tesla is hard at work on other models - but didn't go into details about what is in the pipeline.

     

    Source: Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

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    It's a pragmatic goal but I worry it's too ambitious to debut both models simultaneously. This has the word 'delay' written all over it. 

     

    I'd almost think having the crossover come first would be a better idea, as it'll probably garner more pre-orders and sales than the sedan. 

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    With the track record of getting ONE model out close to the initial intro date, I would agree with Buzz; 2 at once is likely too tall an order for Tesla.

    However, given the 2-3 year delay on the Model 3, perhaps they pull it off this time.

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    It really depends on the type of crossover they try and build.  If it is just a glorified tall wagon like the X3 or Mercedes GLC, then there is likely little extra development time to it at all.   Make it a long roof, change the suspension geometry, 95% of the interior would carry over especially if it is a two row, same power train. 

     

    See also: Sales in Europe.

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