2021 Tesla Model 3- Expected Prices, Release Date, Range, Performance and Features

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Charan Narain Khandelwal

Content Writer June 08, 2020 at 12:47 PM
With an eye for strengthening its position as the leader in EVs, Tesla will soon be launching the 2021 Model 3 in the market. The Model 3 has remained as one of the best-selling models for the brand. Here’s everything that we know so far about the most affordable Tesla that you can buy.

Anyone who is willing to invest their money in any car manufactured by Tesla will agree with a few things. They will believe that electric cars are the future, they believe in the practicality and utility Tesla’s electric cars provide, and they all secretly think Elon Musk is cool. Whether it's with their Premium SUV range, the Model X and the Model Y, or with their one of a kind Sedan, the Model S, Tesla is creating waves which are making more and more people believe in the future of electric cars and their capabilities. Even their newest addition, the Cybertruck, is a pickup truck that puts forth a bold statement, that electrics have just as much brawn. However, due to their premium price tags, not all are able to justify buying their electric cars today. Not to worry though, as the line starts at the Model 3, the “budget” Tesla if you will. 

Introduced in 2017, the Model 3 caught a lot of attention, primarily due to it costing nearly half of its Model S with a lot of the same excitement. However, one very strong reason was that there was nothing else like it. The features, driving dynamics and range it provides for the price was unmatched by any of its competitors. For a buyer on a budget with an itch for an electric, this was the obvious choice. For the upcoming year, Tesla doesn't seem to be making many changes, but why fix what's already this great, right? Whatever the case may be, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is ready to put its best foot forward. Let’s have a look.

How will the 2021 Model 3 Perform?

For the year 2021, it seems that the Model 3 will have the same electric motor as before. This is not at all a problem as the two motor setup in the Model 3 has delivered masterful results. There are rumors of a new battery being put in, which will boost up the range and performance. Just like last year, the Model 3 will be offered in 3 trims. The base “ Standard Range Plus”, costing $40K, has a range of 250 miles.

Tesla Model 3 in its "Dual Motor" setup

It reaches a maximum of 140 mph and can reach 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The “Long Range” will cost you around $50K and has a range of 322 miles. 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 145 mph. Finally, we have the “Performance” trim costing $58K. With a lower stance and 20” performance wheels, it can reach 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 162 mph. Its range drops slightly in regards to its performance boost, to 299 miles.


2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range (Expected)

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Permanent magnet Drive Motor

Synchronous Traction Motor







1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive


258 hp @ 0 rpm*

201 hp @ 3800 rpm

200 hp @ 0 rpm

170 hp @ 4800 rpm


317 lb-ft @ 0 rpm*

291lb-ft @ 0 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 0 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 0 rpm

*2020 numbers used

Compared to its 2020 competitors, the Model 3 seems to be ahead in leaps and bounds. Although some of its competitors are less of a burden on your wallet, any buyer would pay the premium for better performance and features. Both the Kia Niro EV and the Chevrolet Bolt EV cost less than even the base Model 3, however, to us, the Model 3 is still the obvious choice. The BMW i3 costs less than the Long Range Model 3 discussed here, but costlier than the base. We still prefer the Model 3. 

How much will the 2021 Model 3 cost to maintain?

Teslas are some of the very few cars which can be updated “over the air”. While any physical update and maintenance will require a visit to the mechanic, Tesla has the ability to add features via software updates. So far, in 2020, the Model 3 has not been recalled for any reason, but it has been recalled before for a faulty braking system. Although, credit where credit is due, as the recall was handled professionally and with utmost haste. All issues were repaired and there hasn't been any problem since. 

How many miles will the 2021 Tesla Model 3 go in one charge?

Best in class range and driving economy are promises the Model 3 keeps best, with the added bonus of zero emissions. Fuel economy on electrics is measured in “MPGE”, which stands for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent. This measures the miles an electric car can travel on electricity costing the same as one gallon of fuel. The Model 3 manages the best numbers here. 


2021 Tesla Model 3 Sedan Long Range

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MPGE (City)





MPGE (Highway)





MPGE (Combined)





Range 322 miles 239 miles` 259 miles 153 miles

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2Emissions @ 15K mi/year)


Being an electric vehicle, the Model 3 will suffer from decreasing battery potency over the years. However, this isn't a problem specific to Tesla but a limitation of the lithium battery technology itself. Although, Tesla is planning to upgrade the battery in the Model 3 to further increase range and performance. 

2021 Tesla Model 3: Interiors

The 2021 Model 3 will have similar interiors to the outgoing 2020 model, at least as far as we know. While the base offers very attractive features like heated front seats, impressive audio and a giant display in the middle, the Long Range and Performance kicks things up a notch. Both front and rear rows have heated seats, a truly excellent sound system with a 14.2 setup, and a lot of premium connectivity options.


2021 Tesla Model 3 Sedan Long Range (Expected)

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Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Tesla will stand true on its earlier announcement to remove all leather from its cabin. It might have a non-heated steering wheel as its facing issues in heating non-leather materials. A minimalist interior design with black or black&white colors that screams elegance through simplicity. The 2021 Model 3 is expected to have more bolstering on the seats and the back travel will be in a more ergonomic position.

Safety features that can be expected in the 2021 Tesla Model 3

This is where Teslas shine. Safety has always been the major selling point for Tesla. The Model 3 comes fully decked with top of the line Tesla autonomous driving technology. Its Autopilot takes care of many driving hassles. It can also monitor the road and drive the car itself while you relax behind the wheel. 

To list some of the Autopilot features:

  • Navigation - the Model 3 can steer itself to follow a navigation route while maneuvering traffic flawlessly.
  • Auto Lane Change on the highway
  • Autopark - Both parallel and perpendicular park. 
  • Summon - You can Summon the Model 3 to come to pick you up from inside a parking lot. 

Tesla is planning to upgrade the Autopilot for the 2021 Model 3. It is planning to add features like the ability to stop at a traffic light and stop signs on its own and autosteer on city streets. 

Other than safety features, Tesla has always been awarded top marks from various independent testers for its overall safety. Organizations like NHTSA and IIHS have given the Model 3 glowing scores. The 2021 Model 3 is expected to deliver the same safety standard. 

When is the 2021 Tesla Model 3 expected to release and is it worth waiting for it?

The Model 3 has been the crowd favorite for a while now. Bridging the gap between affordability and Tesla’s mind-boggling innovations, the Model 3 was the little sedan that could. Seeing amazing sales, Tesla was not going to slow this model down. The release of the 2021 Model 3 is expected in late 2020. 

With its new autopilot features and rumors of a new and better battery, we recommend waiting for the 2021 Model 3. Being an electric car, the battery is the heart of the car, and the Autonomous driving features are one of Tesla's biggest selling points. An improvement in both warrants a wait for the newer model. Since speculations for the 2021 Model 3 are far from over, we encourage you to check back with us for further updates.

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