Tesla’s new entry-level model is expected to cost $ 25,000, and it could go on sale as early as 2023 with a range of an impressive 402 kilometers. The first information!
Market launch and price: Base should cost $ 25,000 in the US
At the moment, Tesla is still missing a small entry-level model – but that has been in development for a long time. Company boss Elon Musk has been planning a more compact model than the Model 3 since 2018. In September 2020, the company boss Elon Musk had, according to the magazine ” Carscoops “, the base price for an entry-level Tesla with 25,000 dollars (approx. 22,000 euros). Rumor has it that the car will be a bit more expensive here and could start at 25,000 euros.
At that time, Musk also announced the market launch of the new model within the next three years – so the cheapest Tesla will probably be available from 2023. The new model will be developed in China and sold all over the world, according to the head of Tesla China, Tom Zhu, of the state news agency Xinhua in an interview in February 2021. Rumor has it that the prototype is already ready.
Range: The smallest Tesla should create at least 402 kilometers
According to Elon Musk, the lowest acceptable range for a Tesla product is 250 miles (402 kilometers). This number would be appropriate for the basic version of the new entry-level model. However, it can be assumed that the smallest Tesla will also be available in more expensive versions with more range and more power. Accordingly, a long-range and a two-engine performance variant can be expected.
Design and interior: With elements of the Model 3
At the beginning of 2020, a (semi) official sketch was even shown for a Chinese job advertisement for the design and development center in Shanghai. This shows a small hatchback. The AUTO BILD draftsman made an illustration on this basis. This shows that the smallest Tesla could take over some design elements and features of the Model 3 (which probably also provides the platform). These include the window line, the retractable door handles, or the panoramic glass roof. Tesla could equip the car with scissor doors like the BMW i3 and Mazda MX-30 so that access to the second row of seats is as comfortable as possible despite the compact dimensions to have.
Inside, you can expect the minimalist design typical of Tesla, including a large infotainment screen. As with most electric cars, there should be plenty of space for passengers and luggage in this small version.
Naming: Elon Musk is against the designation Tesla Model 2
The official name has not yet been determined. Most media call the car Model 2, but at a shareholders meeting in October 2021, Elon Musk emphasized that the new Tesla would not be called that. The name does not fit into the existing range, the letters of the previous models result in the word “S3XY” (with the “E” turned upside down, because Ford holds the rights to the name Model E). The second suggested name on the web is “Model C” – but it would not fit into the previous name either.