Elon Musk waded into the Model 3 hype with a little bit of cold water on Friday, reminding fans that while the car is impressive, it’s not a new generation of Tesla. The $35,000 vehicle, expected to be the company’s entry-level model for a broader audience, is expected to go into production this summer, but that does not mean it’s a step above the Model S.
“Am noticing that many people think Model 3 is the “next version” of a Tesla, like iPhone 2 vs 3,” Musk said on Twitter Friday morning. “This is not true.”
Instead, the Model 3 will be a “smaller, more affordable” version of the Model S. It will have fewer features, lower range, less power, and the technology will be less advanced than its more expensive sibling.
The display is one example. Where the Model S has two computer screens, one inside the dashboard on the driver’s side, the Model 3 only has one in the center of the dashboard. Musk said that a second screen on the driver’s side becomes less relevant with self-driving capabilities.
The company’s entry-level model will lack the same power as previous vehicles. Musk said that a performance version of the Model 3 will arrive “probably a year from now,” but that the Model S version would still blow it out of the water on the acceleration front due to a larger battery.