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2018 Tesla Model 3: 215mi range, starts from $35,000

The new Tesla Model 3 has been unveiled in almost production ready prototype form, and some key details have been announced about the new mid-size sedan.

Tesla says that in base trim the new Model 3 will feature 215mi (346km) of driving range and a 0 to 60mph time of under 6 seconds. Like the Model S it will feature a 5-star safety rating as standard in all categories.

Other standard features include (some) autopilot safety tech and compatibility with Tesla’s free to use Supercharger network.

Inside, there’s a sparse dashboard with no instrument panel and a dashboard dominated by a 15-inch capacitive touchscreen. There’s seating for five adults under two long unbroken sweeps of glass, one from the hood to the B pillar, and one from the B pillar to the trunk.

The company has begun taking reservations from US$1000 for the Model 3, with almost 200,000 at the time of writing. Deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 won’t begin until late 2017, and volume production won’t really start until some time in 2018 when the lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Nevada opens.

In the US, the Model 3 will priced from US$35,000 before government incentives.