Tesla STILL isn't ready to show off its first "affordable" car.
For almost two years now, Telsa has been teasing us with a smaller model that "normal" people will actually be able to afford. The Tesla Model S and Model X are both impressive cars, but the $69,900 and $81,200 respective base prices are way too high for most folks. Tesla's upcoming "baby" model is just what the rest of the world has been waiting for. Originally slated to be called the Model E, the new 200-mile range Model 3 should cost around $35,000.
This would put the Model 3 in the same price category as the new Chevy Bolt. While this more affordable price sounds wonderful, we still have yet to see a production ready example be shown to the public. Tesla was slated to reveal the new model at an event in March, but now CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the Model 3 will see a staggered launch. "We are not gonna show everything about the Model 3 until a lot closer to production time." These comments were made by Musk during an event at Tesla's base in Chambourcy, France. With production due to begin in 2017, we may not get a full look at the car with all of the specs until damn near the end of 2016. This wait for an affordable Telsa is getting really old.