Even though the electric automobile giant Tesla is gearing up for its official entry into the Indian market, there are many who just cannot wait for the official launch. In India, there are quite a few Tesla owners who privately imported the vehicles including the Ambani family and Prashant Ruia of the Essar Group. However, no one owns the brand’s Tesla Model 3, the entry-level car from the US manufacturer. That has changed now as the first Model 3 has landed in India recently.
The pictures by Automobili Ardent show India’s first Model 3. The owner of the vehicle remains unknown as of now. However, the new Model 3 is delivered to an enthusiast in Bengaluru, Karnataka. According to the same post, the new Tesla Model 3 will share the garage space with plenty of high-end cars including the Bentley Mulsanne WEB Centenary Edition and Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
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The red colour Tesla Model 3 has become the first-ever unit of the model to find a buyer in India. Interestingly, Tesla will also launch the Model 3 as its first car in India. Tesla has also started testing the entry-level Model 3 on the Indian roads under heavy camouflage too.
Most affordable Tesla
The Tesla Model 3 is the most affordable car from the brand’s line-up in the global markets. In the USA market, the base version gets a price tag of $39,990 or about 30 lakh. However, since there is a massive custom duty of 204% on the foreign-made cars that are imported as Completely Built Units (CBU), even the entry-level model will cost around Rs 70 lakhs in the Indian market.
Tesla offers both a single and dual-motor set-up with the Model 3. The RWD Tesla Model 3 gets a range of 423 km and it can do 0-100 km/h in under 6 seconds. There are a few variants powered by the dual-motor set-up too.
The Long Range AWD variant of the Model 3 can do a maximum of 568 km on a full charger and it can hit 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. The top-end variant of the Model 3, which is a high-performance variant gets the same range of 568 km but it can do 0-100 km/h in about 3 seconds, which is extremely quick. It can also achieve a top speed of 260 km//h and gets more powerful brakes too.
We are not too sure about the exact variant of the Model 3 that has landed in Bengaluru, India.
Tesla in India
Tesla will officially start its Indian journey with the imported Model 3. Tesla has also formed a senior management team that will build the platform for Tesla’s launch in India. We are not sure if Tesla will bring all the variants of the Model 3 to the Indian shores or will just launch the most affordable variant. Tesla is likely to take advantage of the no homologation rule for the cars that sell below 2,500 units per year in India and will allocate limited numbers to the Indian market.