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Tesla Model 3 India review, exclusive first look

by Navyatha Sandiri
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Tesla Model 3
  • We are currently testing the Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD variant.
  • The Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD is jam-packed with high-tech features.
  • The Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD has a range of 579 kilometres (WLTP cycle).

Let us begin by stating that our country is undergoing a revolution. The government is pressuring manufacturers to go electric, and the majority are complying. However, there is one manufacturer whose arrival in India has sparked such excitement.

Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari acknowledged this, saying that Elon Musk’s Tesla should absolutely set up shop in India and charge Rs 35 lakh for its vehicles. He was giving a speech at the India Today Conclave 2021. With such a development, we became quite curious about the Model 3, and as a result, we were given the opportunity to experience the only Tesla Model 3 in India. V S Reddy, Founder, and Chairman of British Biologicals own this vehicle.

When we asked him about Tesla, his enthusiasm was palpable, and he went on to say that he wanted to be the first person in India to own a Tesla. Simply put, the owner is madly in love with his Tesla Model 3. So, how did the Tesla Model 3 work particularly?

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Design details and exterior features of the Tesla Model 3

The headlamps are stylish and fit flush with the bodywork. Unlike a traditional car, there is no engine under the hood. As a result, the space has been used for a small boot. We must say, it’s quite useful! In profile, the sweeping roofline flows beautifully into the rear section. The massive BBS alloy wheels have wafer-thin tires. While this provides a fantastic visual, one must exercise caution when driving on Indian roads. A closer examination reveals a plethora of fascinating features.

If you look closely at the front fenders, you will notice a camera, one of many. In true sports car fashion, the doors are pillarless. The B-pillar, on the other hand, has a small sensor that activates the key-card-operated door lock. The door handles are flush-fitting and enjoyable to use.

The Model 3’s glass roof is a spectacular feature. It extends through the roofline and is also openable. The charging ports are located on the left-hand side rear fender. When you press on it, it rises in a sci-fi fashion. There are two ports on the inside. One port is for the standard charger, and the other is for the Supercharger.

On the negative side, Tesla has yet to establish a Supercharging network in India, which would allow the batteries to be charged for 172 miles in just 15 minutes.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3’s interior design and features

When you step inside, you realize why the Tesla Model 3 is so unique. The dash is devoid of any knobs, buttons, or dials found in traditional automobiles. There is also no dedicated instrument panel in the front. Instead, there is a massive 15-inch touch-screen infotainment system that serves as the Model 3’s nerve center. The infotainment system is used to control every aspect of the vehicle.

The system can also be used for entertainment purposes, such as gaming. What a fantastic idea! Aside from that, the center console has deep cubbyholes for storage and twin cup holders. Wireless charging pads are available as well. Small rotary knobs for various functions are also included on the steering wheel. Electric doorknobs are also available.

The Tesla Model 3 impresses with a flat floor in the back. This also means that the passenger in the middle does not have to crouch or be uncomfortable while driving. Needless to say, the massive glass roof remains a highlight and keeps the cabin bright. However, in the height of summer, this could result in a very hot cabin.

Tesla Model 3

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Tesla Model 3: The Technology That Powers It

Tesla’s powertrain is what sets it apart. Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two independent motors, each with only one moving part for maximum durability and minimal maintenance. They digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels, as opposed to traditional all-wheel-drive systems, for improved handling and traction control.

The long-distance AWD model we have today produces around 449bhp and 528Nm of torque. A claimed range of 579km in the WLTP cycle improves matters. The only disadvantage is that there are no Supercharger networks installed in India, so it takes a rather long seven to eight hours to fully charge.

Tesla Model 3: On the road

The Model 3 grips well as well, and we had a great time on the so-called Nice Road on the outskirts of Bengaluru. But, once again, caution is required because the tires are wafer-thin and can be damaged by a single sharp stone. So be cautious, gentlemen! But, at the end of the day, Tesla is no different than any other electric vehicle “as read and reported by www.indiatoday.in”.

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