It goes without saying that the Tesla Model 3 is one of the most anticipated cars of all-time. With hundreds of thousands of pre-orders, totalling nearly $10,000,000,000, it seems the Model 3 is destined to be huge win for Tesla. Consumers are clearly excited about the Model 3.
The Design Isn't Finalized
Tesla has made it clear that design is still in flux. That being said, we have no doubt that Tesla will ensure the Model 3 is not only distinct from other Tesla models, but distinct from all other similarly priced vehicles. The early cabin design appears to be sparse, ultra-modern and roomy. Very much unlike the integrated tablet on the Model S, the Model 3 employs a floating screen and does not appear to have an instrument cluster.
Missing Autonomous Functionality
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has said that all Model 3 cars will come with Autopilot as standard. Autopilot, for those unaware, allows the car to steer itself, avoid obstacles on the road and park autonomously. That being said, Tesla has made clear that Autopilot is comprised of many separate features, they're calling "convenience features" that are rumoured only to be activated after paying extra. It's unclear how much these convenience features will cost; however, we have read estimates of $3,000 per feature.
No Free Supercharger Access
It seems Tesla's Superchargers, which are presently billed as "free connectors that charge Model S and Model X in minutes instead of hours," will not be free for Model 3 drivers. There are reports that Tesla will offer an annual package to Model 3 owners, which will give them access to Supercharger stations. Presumably owners will also have a pay-per-use option.
Pre-orders Will Not Be Fulfilled Until 2018
As of this writing, not a single vehicle has yet to roll off the production line. It is definitely a matter of concern whether the pre-orders will be fulfilled by the end of 2017, as was initially promised. Some have even estimated late 2018 for complete fulfillment of pre-orders.