Elon Musk is on a mission and India is part of it. In short with the Model 3, Tesla plans to spread its wings and gain more customers and entry into more markets. Elon Musk says he plans to build half a million of the new Model 3 cars every year. The Model 3 then is the most important car Tesla has ever made and in India we will see it by end of next year or early 2019. In India the Model 3 will initially come in CBU form which means with duty added the price would be Rs 40 lakh and that is on par with its rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.
The Model 3 though as expect is completely different from any conventional car. The styling follows the approach of its bigger sibling- the Model S, its clean and unfussy with a short rear, swoopy coupe like roofline and a clean front. It is distinctive but the interior is shockingly simple yet also effective. It is clean along with a 15.4-inch screen being the centerpiece plus there is no start/stop button on the car or even door handles! You can start the car by the Tesla app on a mobile phone or the valet key. The Model 3 is quick too with a 0-100 km/h time of less than 6 seconds and delivers 350 km on a single charge and the long range model delivers 500 km. Of course it is dripping with all kinds of tech and features including the autopilot feature.
For India, the question is charging as currently the superchargers which charge the Tesla in 30 mins are not there in India and it would be too early to expect them by 2019 also thus you have to use conventional charging but even then with one charge your regular day to day use would be met. So yes Tesla is finally coming and Model 3 would be the car however the date has been pushed back owing to huge demand for its main markets. 2019 then it is.