TheModel 3 is presented for the first time at UK dealerships, with demonstration models on display at Teslas London Park Royal and Manchester Stockport sites, ahead of right-hand drive models arriving in the second half of 2019.
Two models will be available at launch: the long-range four-wheel-drive version is capable of 338 miles on a single charge, according to WLTP tests. The 3Performance Model can do 330 miles.
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The 4×4 version reaches the reference speed of 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 140 mph, while the performance reaches 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Cheaper variants of Model 3 will arrive later, which could reduce the cost of entry to about £35,000.
If so, it would face compact executive cars with combustion engines such as the Audi A4, BMW Series 3, the Jaguar XE and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in terms of price and size.
Model 3 owners will not have free access to the Tesla Supercharger high-speed recharging system, as the U.S. company plans to recharge electricity as demand grows and needs more investment to build its recharging network.
Teslas latest results for the third quarter of 2018 showed that it met the Model 3 production targets, building 53,239 units. This followed a tumultuous second quarter in which a temporary “store” was built outside the companys Californian plant that contained another production line in order to increase production.
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Tesla unveiled its Semilorry in November last year, and it is expected to go into production in 2019. Its next model, the small Model Y SUV, is expected to be unveiled in March 2019.