Recently, a blue coloured Tesla Model 3 was spotted in Pune for testing purposes. Now, the same car has been caught on video and it reveals more details about the vehicle. Tesla has imported 3 Tesla Model 3 cars in India for testing, validation and homologation purposes. The Model 3 is the most affordable vehicle that Tesla offers. The cars will be used by Automotive Research of India or ARAI approvals and for other compliances. The car was wearing the same number plate as the previous one. The video has been uploaded on YouTube by The Fat Biker.
In the video, we can see that the variant on the test is the dual motor one. This means that the vehicle has an electric motor mounted on each of the axles which basically gives the Model 3 an all-wheel-drive setup. The EV in the video is running on 18-inch wheels with the aero kit which helps in boosting the electric range slightly.
The tyres that are being used on the test mule are the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Performance tyres. Being an electric vehicle the Model 3 is able to put down all the torque instantly. We can see the Model 3 accelerate rapidly at the 2:05 mark in the video.
Having said that, it is unlikely that Tesla will offer the Model 3 with an all-wheel-drive setup in India. It should come to India as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle just like its competitors the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Jaguar XE. Audi offers the A4 with a front-wheel-drive layout only.
As of now, the Model 3 is expected to come to India as a CBU or a Completely Built Unit. Because of this, the pricing of the Model 3 will be on the expensive side. The pricing of the Model 3 is expected to be somewhere around Rs. 60 lakhs. The right-hand-drive versions of Model 3 that will be sold in India will be imported from Tesla’s factory located in China.
If Tesla finds itself to be successful, then they might reconsider bringing the Model 3 in India as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit. If they can somehow start manufacturing the Model 3 in India itself, the costs are expected to fall drastically, which might be able to attract a lot more customers.
It is not yet known which spec for the Model 3 will Tesla consider bringing to India. In the international markets, there are three variants of Model 3. The base variant is the Standard Range Plus. It has a driving range of 423 km and it can hit 100 kmph in 5.3 seconds. It comes with a top speed of 225 kmph.
Then there is the Long Range which sits in the middle of the line-up. It has an electric range of 568 km and can hit a ton in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 233 kmph. The top of the line is the Performance variant which is aimed towards enthusiasts. It has a top speed of 260 kmph and can hit a ton in just 3.1 seconds. Due to this, the driving range falls a bit to 506 km. The Model 3 Performance goes against BMW M3, Audi RS5 and Mercedes-AMG C63.