It is a lot to be desired. It was expected the same for several years. She finally arrives in Europe having already been sold to nearly 150,000 copies across the Atlantic. The Tesla Model 3 is no longer still waiting, and we were among the first to try it, just prior to its arrival at the dealership. It is a sedan of 4.60 m long, or a size comparable to that of a BMW 3-Series or a Alfa Romeo Giulia (4.60 m). It makes it 30cm to the Model S, and, with 1847 kg on the balance, its mass is lower by almost 300kg to that of his great predecessor.

We cannot long resist the pleasure of pushing the accelerator as soon as you take the controls of a Tesla

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For the rest, Tesla, happy cachottier, does not communicate nor the power of the engine, or the weight and the capacity of the accumulator (it would be 74 kWh) of its new model. According to the california firm autonomy would, according to the new standard more realistic WLTP, 560 km for the Larger version Self-billed 59.500€ (excluding bonus 6000€) and 530km for the version Performance (70.300€ excluding bonuses), which we took the steering wheel. It is distinguished by two engines and more powerful brakes, 20-inch rims, a spoiler and a lowered suspension.

We cannot long resist the pleasure of pushing the accelerator as soon as you take the controls of a Tesla, for the surge in “electric” that you plate literally on the back of your seat. The Model 3 accelerates like a motorcycle of large displacement in a silence broken only by the aerodynamic noise from 150km/h. The times, just as meteoric, are of surpassing a mere formality. The chassis, highly reactive, or becomes nervous if it is the sudden change of support. His reactions are amplified by a precise direction, and a depreciation rather typified comfort. The car deserves a suspension, adaptive with a position Sport. Model 3 requires that we take care of her if we increase the pace, which makes it very fun to drive. It must be entered with precision on the trajectory at the entrance of the curve.

inner Revolution

– like family, the car remains comfortable and filter perfectly the small irregularities of the floor. The compactness of the electric motor has made the cabin particularly spacious. The absence of tunnel easement can accommodate three adults at the rear. The glass roof, tinted, serial, illuminate nicely the cockpit.

The dashboard shows only one pad and two control levers on either side of the steering wheel. Tesla.

The celebration continues with the dashboard. His style is minimalist. It consists of only one tablet, placed horizontally, in the middle, and two control levers on either side of the steering wheel. It displays on the left side of the information necessary to conduct. All systems of the car, vents (not visible) to the speed regulator through the rear-view mirrors and even the opening of the glove box, ordered through this screen and simple dials on the steering wheel. The fluidity and the quality of the ergonomics of the human-machine interface” to make the manipulations natural and easy. This dashboard unique and very successful is a concentrate of intelligence, a real inner revolution. The quality of the finish, materials and assemblies, has also greatly increased compared to the first models of the Model S and no longer in pain now critical.

OUR OPINION

Then, perfect, the Tesla Model 3? Almost. Because it will largely draw in his bank account to afford it. It has nothing to do with the small electric promised to 35,000 dollars. The brand says that it is working on a model that is more stripped down (battery low capacity, single-engine) of which the tariff would be similar to this first prize.

If you have the means, this electric vehicle is finally available, is very attractive. With it, you will be able to do long distances in Europe thanks to the charging infrastructure of the trademark, currently the most dense and the most efficient.

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