Tesla Model 3 Prototype Photo Hints at Pre-Order Color Options


Tesla has been putting the Model 3 through its paces ahead of launch. On Wednesday, another sighting emerged of a silver release candidate vehicle making the rounds in public. The $35,000 car, set to enter production in July, is an important moment for the company as it will bring its vehicles to a new mass market audience, away from its initial premium pitch.

The sighting, provided to Electrek by an anonymous source, is the second time a silver Model 3 has been spotted this week. Since the Model 3 entered the release candidate phase back in March, the car has been spotted in five different colors: black, blue, red, white, and now silver. This gives us an idea of the color options Tesla is considering for offer when deliveries start later this year.

As a quick refresher, the $68,000 Model S sedan and $82,500 Model X sports utility vehicle are available in seven colors: solid black, midnight silver metallic, obsidian black metallic, deep blue metallic, silver metallic, pearl white multi-coat, and red multi-coat. it’s unclear which varieties of premium coating the Model 3 will offer, but at this stage it seems the company is testing the five basic color coatings in public.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has yet to reveal the full set of options available to customers. Last March, the company started accepting $1,000 down payments to reserve a Model 3, but it’s remained quiet about whether the same options available on the more expensive Model S and X will be open to Model 3 customers.

Musk has dropped small tidbits about options that won’t make the cut, though. The Model 3 does not have a wide enough base to support a 100 kilowatt-hour battery, for example, so customers looking to get the most storage for their money will have to opt for the S or X. Similarly, the optional extra two seats found on the Model S won’t be available on the Model 3.

Beyond that, we know little else. Musk is planning to host a third reveal about the Model 3, when we may finally receive these extra details. Until then, all we know is how much an entry-level Model 3 will set consumers back.