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Tesla Model 3 Electric SUV

The Model 3 sedan is expected to be the first offering for India. It’s actually the most inexpensive Tesla you can find, and it’s also the fastest-selling Tesla model. The sedan was released in 2017. Since then, it has been a common model and, in combination with its SUV counterpart, Model Y, has reported global annual sales of 4.5 lakh units. It would initially be available as a CBU device that will surely keep its prices high. However, we should foresee some government-backed perks for EVs that will make it a little more competitive. Here’s what you need to know about Tesla Model 3:

Motor Specifications

  • Model 3 comes with two types of electric motor configurations. For the Standard version, you get a single-engine while the Long Range and Performance versions use two electric motors.
  • The same engine is used for the Long Range and Performance variants, but the latter is tuned for higher acceleration.
  • The basic edition will reach a maximum speed of 140mph and perform a 0-60mph sprint in 5.3 seconds.
  • The Long Range version will attain a significantly higher maximum speed of 145mph. It will take 4.2 seconds to complete the 0-60mph run.
  • The Performance version will attain a maximum speed of 162mph (261kmph) and complete 0-60mph (0-96kmph) in just 3.1 seconds.

Features

  • Like every other Tesla, a single wide 15-inch touchscreen infotainment panel takes care of all your needs. There is no instrument panel and no AC or other switches.
  • Touchscreen infotainment allows split-screen viewing for ease.
  • Infotainment also accepts over-the-air upgrades for continuous system repairs.
  • You’ll also get 12-way adjustable and heated front and rear seats, tinted glass roof with UV cut, wireless charging, 14-speaker audio system configuration, and heated side mirrors.
  • The greatest highlight is the semi-autonomous driving technology of the autopilot. This includes technologies such as blind-spot tracking, autopilot steering, park assistance, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with a lane changing system, and emergency brake assistance.
  • Model 3 also boasts a five-star safety ranking that achieves top scores in rollover prevention and crash security. It comes with eight airbags.

Price

  • The standard base-spec model is priced at $36,490.
  • The Long Range variant makes the most sense at $45,490.
  • The Performance version is the most expensive at $53,490.
  • As Model 3 comes to India, expect it to cost you about Rs 60 lakh because it will be a CBU import.

Tesla Model S

Model S may have a fairly traditional silhouette – but what lies underneath is far from it. Yeah, that was back in 2012. Two electric motors use either a 75kWh or a 100kWh battery pack to drive all four wheels using a single-speed transmission.

Features

  • The drivetrain resides in a kind of skateboard, with the body bolted to the top. This leaves the centre of gravity nice and quiet, which improves the handling and ensures there’s plenty of storage space in the cabin.
  •   A fast YouTube search shows thousands of images of the stuff that beats Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, Porsches, and so on away from the lights. The fastest Model S, the P100D, is 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and even the slower, cheaper 75D is the same in 4.2 seconds.
  • It’s addictively fast, whatever the spec – and that’s bad news for the range that Tesla sets at 304 miles for the 75D, 393 miles for the 100D and 381 miles for the P100D flagship. But that’s on the old NEDC cycle, so it’s a little impractical.
  • In fact, the 75D can run for more than 200 miles on a single charge. And if you’re running low, buying a Tesla allows you access to a network of high-speed chargers called ‘Superchargers’ that will top you up in minutes, not hours. There are more than 10,000 stations in the world.

Price

Prices run from just under £80k for the 75D base, straight up to £130k for the P100D balls. Monthly fees can also sound very costly – just note that you don’t pay for petrol, road taxes or congestion charges.

Tesla Model X

Model X is a three-row hybrid crossover SUV with up to seven seats. The largest Tesla on sale now contrasts with the Audi E-Tron but offers supercar-like falcon-wing doors.

Features

  • There’s really not a lot of choice in the Model X range, apart from powertrains, seating setups, the Complete Self-driving option, and cosmetic wheel and paint updates.
  • Equipment is solidly in the tier of luxury vehicles, but by no way above the limit. The nine-speaker audio system, synthetic leather upholstery, HEPA air filtration system and wood ash trim are included, as are the heated seats for each passenger and the heated steering wheel.
  • The 17.0-inch touchscreen interface controls almost all, so it’s a good thing that the system is so simple, fast, and intuitive, with a nearly flat menu layout. The voice control features are impressive.
  • Tesla has a lot to offer with its over-the-air upgrade capabilities, and constantly adds new functionality. That also means that you can buy a collection of features like Complete Self-Driving after you purchase your vehicle from the factory.

Price

The Tesla Model X costs from $81,190, plus a $1,200 destination fee. The Performance starts at $20,000 above Long Range Plus, which means you’re going to pay six digits for the crazy sub-three-second 0-60mph time.




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