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What "won't" be talked about at the reveal?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Fiver, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Fiver

    Fiver Active Member

    Apr 10, 2015
    We're all excited, but Elon said they will probably hold their cards close to their chests a bit with the 3 reveal. So what things do we wish they will talk about but they probably won't?

    A: Price
    Beyond the base model $35,000 stuff. I think any additional price info won't be talked about. (They probably don't even know this stuff yet)

    B: Battery Size
    The base model car will hit the goal of 200 real world miles, but with what battery size? And what about larger battery options? They may mention there will be other options, but again I wonder if they even know the battery sizes yet. Also they might keep this info quiet for the time being for competitive reasons.

    C: Orderable options
    Lots of these are probably not finalized, but I'm sure some will be mentioned.

    What else?
  2. ChadS

    ChadS Last tank of gas: March 2009. EV miles: 233,000

    Jul 16, 2009
    Redmond, WA
    Fight Club.
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  3. Yggdrasill

    Yggdrasill Active Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Kongsberg, Norway
    Agree, they won't be very specific. But I think they could say something like "The starting price will be 35k USD, and with options, the price will be roughly half that of a comparably equipped Model S." Keeping people completely in the dark regarding price isn't ideal.

    I think they will focus mostly on the high spec version, to generate excitement. That means they need to at least say something about the expected range of the high spec version. They could say something like "We expect that the base version will have roughly 220 miles in the EPA test, and that the top spec version will have roughly 310 miles." They may or may not say how big the batteries will be.

    I think many features will be mentioned, but it's less likely that they'll say anything about how the options are broken down. So, we might know a lot about what the top spec Model 3 will look like, but less about how the base version will look once you remove all the options. They might for instance say that the 0-60 mph will be 2.8 seconds, but nothing about whether this is standard, or whether you need to upgrade the battery, get dual motor, then performance package, then Ludicrous mode. You also won't know the pricing.

    Of course, they'll probably say some things about the base version as well. Like whether access to superchargers will be standard, whether the 15/17" touchscreen will be standard and whether autopilot hardware will be standard. Beyond the stuff that will be standard, I don't think they'll say a lot about the base version.
    I don't think they'll discuss these things:

    - Autopilot gen 2 (will likely get it's own event)
    - Model S
    - Model X
  4. Bimbels

    Bimbels GoldMember

    Jan 18, 2016
    Newport, RI
    I would expect them to keep much of the new technology details quiet, except maybe one or 2 tantalizing tidbits that will be rolled out to S/X soon.
  5. ModelNforNerd

    ModelNforNerd Active Member

    Apr 17, 2015
    Ayer, MA

    I agree. They'll tell everyone that the Model 3 is getting "next gen tech", and keep it very vague.

    In a few weeks, they'll do an event, or put out a release telling everyone about AutoPilot 2.0 on the S and the X, and tell us it's going to be on the 3 as well.

    They're going to have to strike a balance between hyping the 3, but not overhyping it to the point they cannibalize S and X sales too much in the next 12-15 months.

    ZAKEEUS Member

    Feb 10, 2016
    Denham Springs, Louisiana
    I don't think it would make sense to commit to an exact battery size this far ahead of the Gigafactory being fully operational. I think any technology the already exists on the S that they plan on using with the 3 will be unveiled Thurdsday. We definitely need to hear about supercharging.
  7. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

    Jun 24, 2014
    Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
    I hope that they will be specific about issues such as the "range" of ranges. Like the base will get X miles and the top will X+ miles. Supercharger access is really important. Safety features. Core option availability. I really hope they are not so vague that the public thinks the base car comes with things that it will not. That would certainly piss me off if I were planning to buy.
  8. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Tesla need to keep selling S's and X's in the short term while 3 production ramps up.

    So Elon is unlikely to reveal the full capabilities of the 3 (and Y) until then.
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  9. Trev Page

    Trev Page Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
    The last car intro they did was the Model X back in 2012. If you go back and watch the reveal you'll probably get an idea of how the Model 3 intro will be about. Vague on details, a few performance specs and "the whys".

    No pricing mentioned beyond the usual "starts @ $35k". Talk about the design and why it's for the masses and mention the cost cutting is because of the Gigafactory.

    That's about it. Details about the car won't be revealed until the configuration system opens up for confirming orders. They have to keep selling Model S and X for another 2 years so they can't afford any Osborne Effect. There's a fine line with keeping sales up on existing models and satisfying our desires and curiosity on a new cheaper model and killing your business until the new model is ready.

    Like I said before, keep your expectations in check so you're not disappointed when Model 3 details are going to be lacking.
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  10. HookBill

    HookBill Member

    Dec 28, 2015
    The OC, CA
    I think there will be specifics that people will zero in on, but also generalities that will lead to this forum blowing up with speculation for the next 8-12 months. :D
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  11. Red Sage

    Red Sage The Cybernetic Samurai

    Jul 6, 2014
    Los Angeles CA
    They will NOT talk about:
    • Cup Holders
    • Lighted Vanity Mirrors
    • Grab Handles
    • Coat Hooks
    • Map Pockets
    • Saddleback Leather
    • Brandy Snifters
    • Snuff Boxes
    • Humidors
    • Turbos
    • Blackout Trim
    • Ground Effects
    • Pinstriping
    • Fuzzy Dice
    • Dayton Knock-offs
    • Whitewall Tires
    • Draperies
    • Paisley Embroidery
    • Chandeliers
    • Vampire Tint Windows
    • Yeti Chilling Seats
    • Tradition, Pride, History, Exclusivity, Luxury...
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  12. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

    Apr 23, 2015
    The Gnomish Inquisition!
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  13. tga

    tga Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2014
    New Hampshire
    What?!? Forget it, I'm out!
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