Latest Update: New Tesla Model 3+ is likely to launch next year, with an expected price of $40,000.
Tesla is taking its electric vehicle game to the next level, introducing not one, but two intriguing trims for its Model 3 enthusiasts. While the standard Model 3 in China and Europe packs a single-motor rear-wheel drive, delivering a formidable 194 kW punch, the real excitement lies in the dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant. This engineering marvel cranks up the power game with an additional 137 kW motor for the front wheels, resulting in an astonishing total output of 331 kW. Interestingly, this output falls short of what the European Model 3 LR has to offer.
Before any vehicle can hit the bustling streets of China, it must secure the nod of approval from the local regulators. In this case, the MIIT stands guard as the gatekeeper. While automakers might not be thrilled about this scrutiny, for the rest of us, it’s like an early Christmas present. This peek behind the curtain of transparency hints that the new Model 3 might grace Chinese roads as early as October.
The single-motor RWD version boasts a CATL-provided LFP battery and tips the scales at 1,760 kg. At the rear, it proudly bears the unadorned "Model 3" badge.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the all-wheel dual-motor variant, which brings a little extra something to the table. This model comes equipped with an NMC battery courtesy of LG Energy Solution and weighs in at 1,823 kg. Sporting a "Model 3+" badge, it’s worth noting that Chinese manufacturers often like to tweak badge names post-MIIT revelations, so let’s keep our naming expectations in check.
The dimensions of the new Model 3+ add an interesting twist. Measuring at 4,720 mm in length, 1,848 mm in width, and 1,442 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,875 mm, this vehicle sees a modest size increase compared to its predecessor. Specifically, it’s 26 mm longer, 2 mm narrower, and just 1 mm shorter. However, the wheelbase remains unchanged. When it comes to the rubber meeting the road, the car offers tire options of 235/40/R19 or 235/45 R18, and for those with discerning tastes, there’s even an optional Hankook tire.
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