Tesla Model 3 spied testing in Pune ahead of India launch. Watch here
It is not a usual sight to spot a Tesla Model 3 on Indian roads. However, the car is ready to launch in the country officially. Tesla is testing the electric compact sedan ahead of that. Recently, a blue coloured Tesla Model 3 was spotted in Pune while testing. A video was uploaded on social platforms revealing several details of the car.
As the video shows it is a dual-motor variant. The particular test vehicle gets an electric motor powering each axle and sending power to all four wheels. It gets 18-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Performance tyres along with an aero kit that increases the electric range slightly.
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However, it is not sure if Tesla will sell the Model 3 in India with an all-wheel-drive system. The India-spec Model 3 is likely to get a rear-wheel-drive system. It will compete with rivals like Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE.
Tesla Model 3 is likely to be priced at around ₹60 lakh in India. The EV maker is yet to reveal the specification of the India-spec Model 3. The international market-spec Model 3 is available in three variants.
The base variant is Standard Range Plus with a 423 km range and 0-100 kmph acceleration capability in 5.3 seconds at a top speed of 225 kmph. Long Range is the mid-variant with a 568 km range and a top speed of 233 kmph. It can accelerate 0-100 kmph in 4.2 seconds. Performance is the top trim that gets 506 km range and has a top speed of 260 kmph. It can hit a ton from a standstill in 3.1 seconds.
The electric car manufacturer imported three Tesla Model 3 sedans in India. The blue Model 3 spotted testing is one of them. These three Model 3 were imported here for testing, validation and homologation. These will be used by the Automotive Research of India (ARAI) for approvals and other compliances.
Tesla Model 3 is the most affordable electric car from the US automobile brand. The Model 3 is expected to be Tesla's first car to officially launch in India.
Tesla is expected to bring the Model 3 in India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) from its China plant. However, if the product receives enough positive response, then Tesla would bring the car as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit. Local manufacturing will certainly reduce the cost drastically. But as of now, that seems unlikely.