Despite being discussed for several years, and slated for a big reveal early next year, we still don’t know all that much about the Tesla Model III. The only things we know for sure is that it will start around $35,000 before tax credits, and have at least 200 miles of “real world” driving range, and we can add one more factoid to the mix.
The Wall St. Journal reports that per J.B. Straubel, Tesla’s Chief Technical Officer, the Tesla Model III will be offered as both a sedan and crossover model in 2017, though whether or not both models will be available at launch wasn’t specified. This is big news as it means a Model III crossover will partake in one of the fastest-growing new vehicle segments. Sedans are sort of on the outs as people flock to the versatility and efficiency offered by slightly-larger crossovers. Tesla doesn’t want to be stuck in a dying segment with a single model, so it makes sense to offer the Model III in two distinct flavors.
The Model III might not be limited to just a sedan and crossover styling either, as Tesla’s VP of engineering said that the door is open to other styles, including a Model III wagon. Tesla is going to need to dominate the market for electric vehicles if it really hopes to meet its goal of selling 500,000 vehicles annually by 2020. Musk thinks the Model X could be a bigger seller than the Model S, and a Model III crossover with half the price tag would have twice the appeal. Some well-done sketches have already given us an idea of what a Tesla Model III crossover might look like, and it’s pretty easy on the eyes if you ask me.
I’m planning to buy a Model III myself, and I had always assumed it’d be a sedan. But if I have the option of either or…well, I’m less sure now, to be honest. What about you?