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Model 3 Dimensions

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Bennny, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Bennny

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    It's been mentioned the M3 is 20% smaller than the MS.

    Does any know - does that apply to interior volume, or exterior dimensions?

    If exterior dimensions:

    Length = 3976mm
    Wheelbase = 2368mm
     
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    It's been stated to be comparable to a BMW 3 series or an Audi A4. So you can look up the dimensions of those cars and get an estimation of what the Model 3's size would be like.
     
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    The current A4 and M3 are about 185 inches in length with 110 inch wheelbases.
    That's about 4700mm and 2800 mm.
     
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    It'll likely have larger interior volume since it doesn't have to house an engine, gas tank, and conventional transmission.

    off Edmunds:
    BMW 3 series: length 182.2 in. , width 71.3 in. , height 56.3 in, wheelbase 110.6 in., cargo with seats in place 17.5 cu.ft.
    BMW 4 series (not same price range): length 182.6 in. , width 71.9 in., height 54.7 in., wheelbase 110.6 in. , cargo with seats in place 14.0 cu.ft.
    Audi A4 : length 185.1 in. , width 71.9 in , height 56.2 in. , wheelbase 110.6 in. , cargo with seats in place 12.4 cu. ft.
    Mercedes Benz C300: length 184.5 in. , width 71.3 in., height 56.8 in , wheelbase 111.8 in. , cargo with seats in place 12.6 cu.ft.
    Volvo S60: length 182.5 in. , width 73.4 in., height 58.4 in. , wheelbase 109.3 in.
    Lexus IS300: length 183.7 in., width 71.3 in., height 56.3 in. , wheelbase 110.2 in. , cargo with seats up 13.8 cu.ft.
    Acura TLX: length 190.3 in ,width 73 in., height 57 in. , wheelbase 109.3 in. , cargo with seats in place 13.2 cu.ft
    Infiniti Q50 : length 188.3 in., width 71.8 in., height 56.8 in , wheelbase 112.2 in., cargo with seats in place 13.2 cu.ft
    Cadillac ATS : length 182.8 in., width 71.1 in., height 55.9 in. , wheelbase 109.3 in. , cargo with seats in place 10.4 cu.ft.
    Jaguar XE : length 183.9 in. , width 77.4 in., height 55.7 in. , wheelbase 111.6 in. , cargo 15.9 cu.ft.


    (I've sat in a 2016 C300 4matic since a relative leased one and was not impressed. )

    My guess:
    length ~185"
    width ~ 72"
    height ~ 57"
    wheelbase ~ 110"
    cargo with seats up > 13 ft^3
     
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  5. EVNow

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    Has anyone who saw Model 3 in person give us an idea about the dimensions ? I saw comments to the effect it was still too long.
     
  6. RobStark

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    Model S is not too long.

    So Model 3 can't be so.
     
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  8. AlexT

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    Might be able to extrapolate based on wheel size?
     
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    Did anyone note the tire/wheel size? If we knew that we could work out rough dimensions.
     
  10. Red Sage

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    Ah! That was extremely helpful. It probably wouldn't be too hard to do the same with a negative image of the BMW 3-Series dimensional drawing. I believe they centered the front wheel of the drawing with the photo and scaled so that the bottom of the drawing's tire 'touched the ground'. Very impressive.
     
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    OK, I stopped by the BMW website and snagged this image of the 3-Series dimensions:
    320iSedan_Frontside_Imperial2pipes.jpg

    I also found this photo of the Model ☰ Prototype at the Motor Trend website:
    Model ☰ Prototype Side View (silver-1-1).jpg

    And then I combined the two for this result:
    Model ☰ Prototype vs BMW 3-Series (Side View).png

    What say ye?
     
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  12. AlexT

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    Perhaps this helps?

     
  13. Rashomon

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    That the M3 has a longer wheelbase and larger wheels than the BMW, which is throwing your scaling off.
     
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    Agreed.

    The longer M3 wheelbase together with the very low center of gravity tells me that the M3 will handle so much better than an BMW 3-series/Audi A4 (which I used to drive), that there really is no comparison...
     
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  15. Pietro

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    The Model 3 has 20inch wheels according to this post: could you combine again the two images according to this measure?

    It will be very helpful in order to have a clear idea about the Model 3 size...
     
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    The Model S is not short either. It may not be Chevy Suburban long but it's far from being a short and narrow car.
     
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  17. Red Sage

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    I scaled the image based upon the overall diameter of the tires, not the length of the wheelbase, or diameter of the wheels. Just as I surmised was done in the linked image above. I was actually surprised at how close the wheelbase was between the two afterward. I expected the Model ☰ to be around 114" for its wheelbase.
     
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    1) Then you assume that the tires have the same dimensions,

    2) The tire diameter is about 1/10 of the vehicle length, so any inaccuray will be amplified by a factor 10.

    3) I believe a design criterion of the Model 3 is that its outer dimensions should approximately match that of a BMW 3-series. So either I am misinformed or the scaling is wrong (or both).
     
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    If the wheels are actually 20" in diameter on the press kit silver image.

    I calculate the car to be about: 160" long with a 108" WB.

    I just measured how many wheel diameters long the car was, then multiplied by 20".

    Someone want to try their hand at verification?
     
  20. PJFW8

    PJFW8 waiting impatiently for Model 3

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    I just did the same and came up with the same numbers. What if they are 21's? I scaled off a photo of the 3 being filmed by a Model S
     

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