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First Tesla Model 3 teaser released, debuts March 31

March 17, 2016

The first teaser of the highly-anticipated Tesla Model 3 has been released, ahead of its March 31 unveiling.

Tesla Model 3 teaser

Why is it a ‘highly-anticipated’ model? Well, it’s going to be Tesla’s most affordable new car and it will sit in the very competitive mid-size premium sedan segment fighting with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

Not much is revealed in the teaser image except a silhouette of the front end. It gives us some idea of the proportions of the new model in relation to the Model S and Model X SUV, and we assume it is to scale.

By the looks of it the Model 3 will take on a similar design approach as showcased by the larger Model S, with muscular front wheel arches, a low-profile roofline, and a wide and sturdy stance.

Specifications are unknown at this stage, but we won’t have to wait long. A special unveiling event will take place on March 31, giving a select number of guests a first close-up look at the new model.

Showroom entry isn’t expected to take place until 2017, with Australian customers not likely to see the car until later next year. The good news is it will be priced from US$35,000, with a predicted Aussie price of around $60,000-$70,000 after on-road costs.

Will it be offered in ‘P90D’ form? Only time will tell. If we know anything about Tesla we’re sure it will be wanting to do something extraordinary for the car to help it really stand out in the fierce segment.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.