By Veeno Dewan
While the 2020 Tesla Model 3 was once an elusive all-electric car with a long waiting list and a big price tag – a recent price drop has made the Model 3 a now viable prospect for anyone shopping for a mid- size premium electric sedan. The Canadian version of the Model 3 now starts at around $47,600. That price may be reduced a bit by federal and local rebates – if they are still available. The 3 is the most affordable car in the Tesla lineup and comes standard with rear-wheel drive, although there is the option of dual motor all-wheel drive, plus 20-inch performance wheels and brakes, lowered suspension and a carbon-fibre spoiler for improved stability at higher speeds. The Model 3 will accelerate to 100 km/h in as little as 3.5 seconds. While the 2019 Model 3 had a driving range of up to 386 kilometres according to Natural Resources Canada, the 2020 models have a maximum of 402 km.
Pricing in Canada dropped a couple of grand in 2019 and is now a much better proposition, starting with: the Standard Range Plus $55.990, Long Range Dual Motor all-Wheel Drive $60,500 and the Performance Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive $65,990. In standard form, the rear-mounted electric motor that drives the rear wheels and makes 221 horsepower and an estimated 302 lb-ft of torque. Like the Model S and X, the 3 is available with Autopilot, The Model 3 offers room for five, although four is a more comfortable fit. In typical Tesla fashion, the Model 3 is loaded with high-tech innovations such as a single large display screen with internet capability through which all functions are operated. An available semi-autonomous driving mode upgrade includes a summons feature that lets you call your Model 3 from its parking space via a smartphone. For 2020, the Model 3 receives more features and better interfacing with the touchscreen display, improved rear seats and a slightly better range in Long Range model. Of course, technology is highpoint and the Tesla will periodically upload software updates to improve anti-lock braking, acceleration and other programmable features overnight, which is pretty cool feature.
In addition to its numerous safety features, which include a super-strong frame cage, forward emergency braking, a blind zone alert, lane-departure warning, electronic traction and stability control and eight airbags, the Tesla Model 3 can also boast its 5-star U.S. Government crash test rating and a Top Safety Pick+ honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The fully autonomous driving mode can help reduce fatigue and avoid accidents, but as of now, it still requires you to keep a hand on the wheel and your eyes on the 15-in touch screen.
The Model 3’s front seats are comfortable and form-fitting, and there’s good legroom and headroom, too. In the back, two adult occupants can fit comfortably, leg room is tight if you are tall. Storage areas are numerous throughout the cabin, with a 15-cu ft. cargo bay with additional storage under the load floor. Up front, there’s a small cargo hold where an engine usually resides, providing even more storage. The rear seats are of the 60/40 split folding variety.
The Model 3 handles quite well for an electric car. There are various settings for steering feedback, Braking is also quite good, and fuel economy if compared to as gasoline engine would be at 1/2 L/100 km (city/highway). The performance figures is where the Tessa tears up everything in its class with a 0 – 60 time 3.4 – 5.6 seconds and a top speed 225 – 261 kmph. On the downside, the Model 3 is a big stingy in rear seat space and comfort There is also no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Still the Model 3 is DESIRABLE CAR WITH TESLA GLAMOUR AND HIGH-TECH FEATURES.
2020 Tesla Model 3 priced from $47.600 – $75.990
More info at www.tesla,ca