Tesla Model 3 details leak ahead Thursday unveiling

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Tomorrow evening, Tesla will take the wraps off of its highly anticipated Model 3, giving prospective buyers and the press their first glimpse at the vehicle Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes will revolutionize the auto industry and personal transportation. While the Model S received critical acclaim and is certainly beloved by users, the fact of the matter is that its a luxury sedan, which is to say that it's priced outside of the range of most mainstream buyers.

The upcoming Tesla Model 3, in stark contrast, was positioned from the very beginning to be a car for the masses, a fact evidenced by the $35,000 price tag Tesla plans to put on the car. Further, the $35,000 price tag is without tax incentives factored into the equation. In other words, the Model 3 may convince more users to make the leap to an EV than any other previous electric vehicle to date.

Ahead of tomorrows big reveal, a few interesting and notable nuggets of information about the car have leaked out. According to a report from Electrek, the Model 3 will look "like a smaller hybrid of the Model X and S." Previously, Elon Musk has said that the Model 3 won't look anything like other cars, so it remains to be seen how 'out there' Tesla's design team went when putting the Model 3 together.

On one hand, Tesla understandably wants to make the Model 3 unique. Yet on the other, Tesla doesn't want the design to be so unique as to alienate prospective buyers.

As far as specs are concerned, the Model 3 will reportedly sport a 0-60 mph time below 4 seconds and will feature a model with a range of 300 miles. If this rumor does in fact pan out, it would go a long ways towards reducing 'range anxiety' concerns and, in turn, better position the Model 3 to spearhead the EV revolution Elon Musk has envisioned for years.

Adding more intrigue to the mix, a Wired article in German purports to show a Model 3, albeit under a black cloth. Still, for those who have literally been waiting years to see what the Model 3 will look like, even the tiniest morsel of information can be fascinating.

tesla model 3 cloth Wired

It's hard to tell if that's a Model S or a Model 3 without any type of scale, but Musk has indicated that the Model 3 will be about 80% as big as the Model S.

Tesla's Model 3 unveiling is set to take place tomorrow in California at 8:30 pm Pacific Time.

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