The long awaited Tesla Model 3 will hit showrooms this year, after about five years of anticipation and speculation. The Tesla Model 3 is going to be the first high performance, long-range, luxurious and best of all, relatively affordable EV to be released. It has been preceded by the Tesla Model S, which is literally and figuratively its older sibling. The Model S, in its best trim, is a vehicle with a top speed that leaves many gasoline fueled “supercars” far behind.
All in all, it’s no wonder that the more affordable Tesla Model 3 is expected to become the best-selling EV, and probably even the best-selling automobile in 2017. Tesla is a company that doesn’t sit on its laurels, enjoy the show and the fame and fortune it will bring. Even before the release of the Model 3 sedan, they are already busy planning their next move. Because even though Tesla Motors is currently the only EV manufacturer that produces EVs that have the best specifications, the electric vehicle industry is far from what it could be.
Anyway, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 hatchback will bring the EV many of us will know by then in a different configuration. Also, knowing Tesla, the car will get many touch-ups, updates and tech specs bringing us one step closer to fully autonomously driving vehicles.
With the upcoming release of the first generation Tesla Model 3 and the recent start of sale of the second-gen classic and minimalist 2017 Tesla Model S, we have a quite clear vision of what the 2019 Model 3 Hatchback will look like. Of course, the car will stick to the hatchback body configuration, so that’s another key design feature we can add to the list.
What it would mean for the Model 3 to become a hatchback is easy. The hatchback defines itself by having four passenger doors and one “rear door”. A sedan has a closed off trunk compartment, whereas with a hatchback the cargo area is an open space, directly reachable from the rear seats.
This body configuration will definitely make the 2019 Tesla Model 3 hatchback shorter in the rear area and a lot curvier as well. Otherwise, the upcoming and long awaited 2017 Tesla Model 3 sedan is already very hatchback-like in appearance, so although the rear will have a less sloping roofline, it won’t make that much of a difference. The main difference about the body configuration will be that the hatchback won’t feature the trunk lid known to the sedan. Instead it will be replaced by a trunk door connected to the top part.
The rest of the car will likely look like the upcoming 2017 Tesla Model 3. It’s also possible that Tesla decides to bring the minimal front features of the second-gen Model S to the 2019 Model 3. This means a clean nose with no air vents whatsoever and just a chrome line with the Tesla logo in the middle. At least, it certainly something we would love to see!
The greatest advantage of a hatchback version of any car is the increase in cargo space. The current Tesla Model 3 has two cargo areas, one in the front and one in the rear. The front cargo area is situated under the hood, to make up for the rather small rear cargo area. In the 2019 Model 3 Hatch the rear cargo area would be larger, so this would amount to a nice increase.
Lest we not forget that the Model S and Model 3 both come with foldable rear seats to add more to the cargo space. This is a feature that will definitely make its return on the 2019 Model 3 Hatchback.
The rest of the interior will be heavily based on the 2017 Tesla Model 3 interior. Of course, in two years we can expect things like a somewhat bigger infotainment screen, and somewhat more comprehensive infotainment software. Finally, we expect the interior design to carry over for the lion’s share.
Electric motor specs
The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Hatchback will most likely come with the same motor and battery options as the 2017 Model 3 sedan. Not all info on the Model 3 sedan motor is available yet, but there are some aspects we know. For example, the standard Model 3 will feature rear wheel drive and have an electric range of 200 miles (322 km).
The Model 3 battery packs are 40, 60, 70 or 85 kWh, with the 40 kWh accounting for the 200 mile range. The 40 kWh battery pack comes with a horsepower amount of 250 and a top speed of 115 mph (185 kph) and a 0 to 60 time of under 6 seconds.
The specs and details for the other battery packs will be made known closer to the sale date of the Model 3 sedan. Compared to the futuristic and ultimately luxurious 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 the Model 3 battery packs have far less performance. But then again, the Model 3 is aimed to broaden the EV audience and not to serve the richest of the rich, who have both the money and opportunity to go blasting the 1050 hp motor.
Besides making gasoline car competitive electric vehicles, Tesla is probably best known for their Autopilot system. Besides the semi-autonomous features that are standard on any Tesla vehicle, the Autopilot function is available at a premium. Autopilot software is featured on every Tesla vehicle, but is only unlocked when the driver pays a premium.
The Autopilot software might become standard on the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Hatchback, since the development of fully autonomous driving will be in the next stage by then. Also, it is one of Tesla’s main goals to produce fully functioning autonomous vehicles, available for anyone.
Furthermore, we expect many convenience features and stuff like viewing car statistics remotely.
Price, reveal and sale date
The price of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Hatchback will likely lie a tad higher than the current price for the Model 3 sedan, which starts at $35,000 before tax incentives. The reveal of the hatchback is expected to take place in late 2017 or early 2018 at a Tesla organized event. Most likely this event will take place a couple of months after the launch of the Model 3 sedan.
The sale date of the 2019 Model 3 hatchback lies in late 2018. We first want to wait for the Model 3 sedan to actually go into production (summer 2017) before we want to make any final predictions on the sale date of the Model 3 hatchback.