Model 3 vs Model S Comparison

Tesla Model 3 vs Model S Comparison

Overall, the Model 3 is nothing less than a Model S, with Black Friday levels of discount. With the Model 3, Musk has remarkably beaten the biggies at their own game. Tesla has slowly and systematically built up its efficiencies of scale to a point where it will soon be able to offer an impossibly competent Electric Vehicle at an unbeatably low price of 35,000$. The erstwhile big three from Detroit continue to stare in utter disbelief at the price point and the value offered by Tesla’s Model 3, even though it has been ten years since Musk publicly declared his “Secret Master Plan”. All of Tesla’s customers till date have actually helped pay for the development of the promised ‘affordable car’, the Model 3. We hope the Model 3’s customers help Elon pay for the development of an even more affordable car five years down the line and it all eventually leads to the death of complacent behemoths controlling the Automotive Industry. We sincerely wish it eventually causes the too-big-to-fail, to fail!

Pricing:Elon Musk himself has promised a starting price of 35,000$ for the Model 3, which makes it unbelievably cheaper than the starting price of most basic Model S, the 70D retailing for 75,000$. Higher versions of the Model S are even more costly, with 90D having a price tag of 88,000$ and the one with the famous ‘Ludicrous’ mode, the P90D, costing a whopping 108,000$. If the Model 3 really offers decent features on the base variant it is going to cause much pain to the ageing stalwarts of the Automotive Industry.
Features:
Good news is that the Model 3 will be shipped with the Autopilot tech as standard as well as the Supercharging hardware, which promises to give it a real edge over its closest competitors like the Chevy Bolt.

Gone is the 17” portrait oriented infotainment screen replaced by a weird looking 15” disassociated, landscape-oriented screen. It looks like a work-in-progress and we expect a much more integrated dashboard design by the time the Model 3 arrives in showrooms at the fag-end of next year. The speedometer is also absent from its conventional position and all the Driver Information is visible on the Infotainment screen for now, although we suspect a sleek Heads up display GUI is in the works.

The Model 3 does away with the trick proximity sensing door handles of the Model S, replacing them with sleek looking levers.

Performance & Range:
The Model 3 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds and have an EPA-rated range of 215 miles. It is not at all slow or lethargic by any standards and is more or less same as the Model S 70D. We suspect the Model 3’s powertrain will be a nothing but a derivative of the Model S. Faster variants like the Model S’ 90D & P90D will also be launched shortly afterward and the twin-motor All-Wheel-Drive system will also be offered as an option.

Space & Comfort:
Musk claimed that the Model 3 was made to be a genuine five-seater, but we found the rear seat to be quite tight on width for three occupants. The practical dual boot-spaces, one in front and other at the rear will be carried over from the Model S. But the feature that we love the most is the humongous Panoramic Glass Roof. It makes the cabin feel far more spacious and airy than it really is and gives the feeling of driving a convertible, without losing the privilege of air conditioning! The quality of the cabin, albeit in prototype stage felt no less premium than the German Luxury sedans that it will be compared with.

Ride Quality & Handling:
Although nobody has been allowed to drive the Model 3. The lack of body roll while being driven in it was quite apparent. Having started their innings with the chassis of one of the best handling cars on the planet, the Lotus Elise, Tesla have always had the dynamics parameters all figured out, right from day 1. We are confident that the Model 3 will be as competent, if not better than the Model S in ride and handling.

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Tesla currently has just 215 stores, but it plans to increase its foot-print to 441 stores before the launch of the Model 3. Tesla also plans to install 7200 superchargers worldwide by 2017, double of what it has currently.
Verdict:
The Model 3 is nothing less than a Model S, with Black Friday levels of discount. With the Model 3, Musk has remarkably beaten the biggies at their own game. Tesla has slowly and systematically built up its efficiencies of scale to a point where it will soon be able to offer an impossibly competent Electric Vehicle at an unbeatably low price of 35,000$. The erstwhile big three from Detroit continue to stare in utter disbelief at the price point and the value offered by Tesla’s Model 3, even though it has been ten years since Musk publicly declared his “Secret Master Plan”. All of Tesla’s customers till date have actually helped pay for the development of the promised ‘affordable car’, the Model 3. We hope the Model 3’s customers help Elon pay for the development of an even more affordable car five years down the line and it all eventually leads to the death of complacent behemoths controlling the Automotive Industry. We sincerely wish it eventually causes the too-big-to-fail, to fail!

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