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Tesla Model 3 will be “smaller” version of Model S, no speedo

Musk confirms on Twitter that Model 3 won’t be next-gen Tesla, will only get central screen

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Elon Musk’s much vaunted Tesla Model 3 won’t come with a traditional speedometer, according to the big man himself.

Responding to a fan on Twitter – who asked whether the 3 would get a central mph clock – Musk simply replied “no”. What about a head-up display? Um, “no”.

So what you’re left with is the centrally-mounted tablet with all the salient information contained within. There, sorted.

Musk also went on to confirm that the Model 3 won’t be a sort of ‘next-generation’ Tesla, but more a scaled down version of the halo Model S. Like the C-Class is to the S-Class, if you stretch the analogy somewhat.

“Am noticing that many people think Model 3 is the ‘next version’ of a Tesla,” he said, “like iPhone 2 vs 3. This is not true.

“Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S with less range and power, and fewer features. Model S has more advanced technology,” he added.

Less range and power, sure, but it won’t be slow. On the car’s launch, he did note that they “don’t make slow cars at Tesla”, with the 3 promising a 0-60mph time of under six seconds. And, there’ll be a Ludicrous option available in due course too. Yeah, not slow.

Other key bits about the 3 we already know is that It’s rear-wheel-drive – with the option of a dual-motor AWD version – features a 215 mile range and starts from $35k. And as with the Model S and Model X, it’ll come with the necessary hardware for self-driving too.

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