The Tesla Model 3 has gone into production as the electric car manufacturer gears up for the launch of its planned mass-seller.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted pictures on Twitter of the first production Model 3, which is apparently going to be his own.

The Model 3 is a four-door saloon – effectively a downsized version of the already on-sale Model S, to a size that can challenge the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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It promises seating for five, a 0-60mph time of under six seconds and a range between charges of 215 miles. The car also comes ready fitted with the technology required for future autonomous driving.

In America the Model 3 has a starting price of around $35,000, equivalent to £28,000 – UK prices are yet to be announced but will no doubt make the car a viable rival to conventional executive saloons.

More details of the Model 3 are expected to be revealed on 28th July when the first 30 examples are presented to their owners at a ‘handover party’. First serious deliveries are expected to begin in September but many customers could be waiting a while. Tesla reports orders for the Model 3 of around 500,000, and industry reports suggest that its plant will be producing 20,000 examples per month by December.

Tesla Model 3, due in 2018

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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