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Tesla releases list of Model 3 premium features, including an optional glass roof

Published May 29th, 2017 5:53PM EDT
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With Tesla’s final Model 3 reveal set to take place sometime in July, we won’t have to wait long to see what the final version of Tesla’s highly-anticipated mass market EV is going to look like. In the interim, Tesla a few days ago released an updated product sheet comparing the Model 3’s specs to the Model S. In doing so, we were able to glean a treasure trove of information about what the Model 3 will bring to the table. For example, we learned that the Model 3 won’t be anywhere close to as fast as the Model S, hardly a surprise given the car’s $35,000 price tag. Specifically, the Model 3 will feature a 0-60 MPH time of 5.6 seconds. As far as range is concerned, the entry-level Model 3 will be able to go 215 miles on a single charge.

Amid a slew of other details, one of the more interesting data points from Tesla’s product sheet relayed that the Model 3 will be a lot less customizable than the Model S. Whereas the Model S is currently available in more than 1500 different configurations, the Model 3 will have fewer than 100 configuration options available. While this may disappoint some prospective buyers, it’s actually an incredibly smart move on Tesla’s part. Remember, Tesla has a bad habit of missing production deadlines. That said, anything Tesla can do to help streamline the production process is a step in the right direction. Historically, Tesla has shot itself in the foot by being overly ambitious with a new release, with the delays and technical problems surrounding the Model X launch being a prime example.

Having said that, it’s not as if the Model 3 will come in a one-size-fits-all type of package. On the contrary, some intriguing configuration options will exist. To this point, Tesla recently updated its product sheet with a few examples of premium features Model 3 buyers will be able to purchase.

That updated list now reads:

  • Full Self-Driving Capability
  • Aluminum and Steel Body
  • Coil Suspension
  • Optional Glass Roof
  • 18″ or 19″ Wheels

As a point of comparison, some of the Model S features that will not be available on the Model 3 include a HEPA Filtration System, Smart Air Suspension, a panoramic sunroof, auto-presenting door handles, and 21-inch performance wheels.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.