The Americans are all set to take over the Indian automobile sector with their greatest invention, Tesla. A new fully camouflages test mule of the Tesla Model 3 has been spotted on test in Chakan, near Pune.
This has been the 3rd time when a Tesla test mule has been spotted testing on Indian roads. At first, all Tesla models will make their to Indian shores via the CBU route. However, certain media suggests that some of its line-ups will only be used for road testing in the country and will not be launched.
The American carmaker is also expected to run its business through 3 major metro cities, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Although the Indian government has been constantly persuading Tesla on giving a thought about having a manufacturing plant in the country. It seems that Tesla has something else planned for its soon to be Indian consumers.
Currently, Tesla holds 4 cars under line-up- Model 3, Model S, Model Y and Model X. Model 3 serves as the entry-level variant in its lineup. The Model 3 has 3 configurations in the International markets Standard Range Plus, Long Range and Performance.
It is expected that the Model 3 will be the first tesla to be launched in India and will rival the likes of the Mercedes Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series and Audi A6.
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As per WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) this electric sedan can easily run up to 381km – 580km on a single charge. The standard American version offers 4-battery options- 54kWh, 62kWh, 75kWh, and 82kWh.
While the performance variant offers 450 bhp and 639 Nm of peak torque and can do 100 from a standstill in less than 4 seconds with a top speed of 261 kmph.
With the Tesla Model 3, we also get to see Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving function as standard. However, it is still not confirmed whether Tesla will launch the Autopilot function in India. Although if it does think upon launching it in India, it will surely be a treat to see a tesla swerving around the potholes, stray animals and unruly bikers on Indian roads.
It is expected to range between ₹ 55-60 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be placed under the luxury sedan segment.