The first images of the first production version all-electric Tesla Model 3 have appeared, with company founder and boss Elon Musk taking to Twitter to show off the vehicle.
Musk revealed two images of the Model 3, which appears to be very similar to the pre-production version shown in March 2016. The first 30 customers are set to get their cars on 28 July, at which point it is expected Tesla will announce more information on the engine, trims and options.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s first mass production vehicle, and the company has orders for more than 500,000, with the majority of buyers likely to have to wait until 2018 for their car. UK buyers are expected to be among this number, and any new orders will certainly have to wait until mid 2018 or later.
Production will ramp up to around 20,000 a month at its peak to meet this demand, although this will rise steadily. The company will produce 100 this August, then 1500 in September before hitting the 20,000 mark from December this year.
The starting price for the smallest Tesla is $35,000, which equates to around £28,000, although other import costs could push this higher by the time the car comes to the UK. The Model 3 is aiming to take sales from the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The Model 3 claims a generous amount of interior room, as it offers seating for five, and luggage space in the rear and up front. The large infotainment screen from the Model S is also set to feature.
The Model 3 joins the saloon Model S and seven-seat SUV Model X in Tesla’s current range, while a smaller SUV – the Model Y – is due to be shown later this summer before going on sale around 2019 or 2020.