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Tesla Already Wants To Redesign The Model 3!

The US carmaker needs to respond to VW...

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Since launching in mid-2017, over 500,000 examples of the Tesla Model 3 have been sold, making it the best-selling electric vehicle on the planet. But there's still one significant issue troubling Tesla CEO Elon Musk: affordability. At present, the Tesla Model Standard Range Plus has a base price of $39,990 and the top-of-the-line Model 3 Performance will set you back $56,990. Meanwhile, the new Model Y Long Range can't be had for less than $51,190, although a cheaper version is in the works. But cutting the Model Y's price might not be enough, especially for Europe.

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According to Autocar, a new hatchback model is under consideration. It's not exactly an all-new Tesla, but rather a redesigned hatchback version of the Model 3. It would be separate from the rumored small city car planned for the Chinese market.

Aimed directly at European customers, a lower-priced Model 3 hatchback would serve as a direct rival to the new Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback. One way the still-unnamed vehicle could be sold for less is by avoiding overseas transportation costs. Construction on Tesla's Berlin Gigafactory is currently taking place and is scheduled to be completed by July 2021. European market Model 3s will be assembled there and the new hatchback could very well be built alongside it.

Another cost-cutting measure is Tesla's new aluminum casting machine, which has a patent pending. This technology simplifies a car's unibody frame assembly and cuts back on the frame's individual parts from 70 to only two. Tesla is already using this building method at its Fremont facility in California for the Model Y.

Picture: X-tomi Design

Picture: X-tomi Design

The new hatchback (maybe called the Model 2?) would probably have reduced performance and total range compared to the Model 3 as yet another way to save money. Chances are, this rumored hatchback won't be sold in North America for the same reason the ID.3 isn't. Buyers here simply aren't interested in hatchbacks and prefer crossovers, a segment Tesla already has covered. Tesla is known to announce surprises from time to time, so it's possible we'll be hearing more about the new model relatively soon.

However, Tesla's current focus is on starting production of its Semi truck, Cybertruck, and second-generation Roadster, so a new ID.3 rival isn't expected until 2022, at the earliest.

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Picture: Tesla

Picture: Tesla

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Comments (8)

  • It looks a bit like a wagon...If so, then, WAGON GANG!

      25 days ago
  • The interior looks great, the exterior with the flared fenders doesn’t.

      25 days ago
    • Just a fan render. No actual design work has been posted by Tesla yet.

        24 days ago
  • What about estate. Me is hurt, makes Jonathan sad :(

      25 days ago
    • The estate I hope I want to be a thing so no need to sad, the picture almost reminds me of a Mazda Estate idk why

        25 days ago
  • Nonsense. It's a made up story (originating possibly from a subtle nudge by VW to imply that Tesla sees them as competition.) Tesla cannot keep up with orders for its current range of cars, let alone faff about making niche models to 'compete' with entirely different designs. The Model Y will be the next Tesla model to hit our markets in around a year, when GigaBerlin starts production for the European market (we'll still be Europeans, even when not in the EU, for those without a grasp pf geography). It is a slightly larger, taller hatchback version of the Model 3, but even more sophisticated in its construction. This rendering is mere CGI and utterly pointless... ignore.

      23 days ago
  • Um... this isn’t related to the Model 3 except that they will both bee Teslas.

    The Model 2 will be its own thing.

    But yes, I want one.

    2S3XY.

      24 days ago
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