India bound Tesla Model 3: All you need to know
After a long time of hold up, Elon Musk finally reported last year that Tesla will begin its India operation in 2021. This news was recently affirmed by Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways.
Tesla is all set to launch its first car in India with its first model 'The Model 3'.
: Tesla is expected to launch the Model 3 in the first half of 2021.
: The electric sedan could be priced from Rs 60 lakh onwards (ex-showroom).
: The US-spec Model 3 is offered in three electric powertrain options: Standard Plus, Long Range, and Performance. While the former gets a rear-wheel drivetrain and has a claimed range of 423km on a single charge, the Long Range and Performance variants come with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup and deliver a claimed range of 568km and 507km respectively. The Performance variant, on the other hand, can do the 0-97kmph sprint in just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 261kmph. Tesla could offer the India-spec Model 3 with the Standard Plus and Long Range variants at first while the Performance variant could be launched later.
: Tesla offers the US-spec Model 3 with a massive 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heated function, two wireless charging pads, and a 14-speaker sound system along with autonomous driving features. It remains to be seen what all goodies Tesla offers with the India-spec model, but it is expected to be a feature-rich offering as it will be an import. Tesla Model 3 is a sedan that measures around 4,694 mm in length, which makes it longer than executive sedans like Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia, and Honda Civic. This means it offers plenty of space for the occupants and the 425-liters of boot space will be adequate to carry their luggage. But one of the most impressive things about the Model 3 is the interior.
: The Model 3 has no direct rivals but with an expected asking price of Rs 60 lakh, it will go up against similarly priced sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Volvo S90.