By Justin Hyde @
Tesla Motors went the simple route for its first two models, with the Model S for sedan, and Model X for crossover. Today, Tesla's Elon Musk revealed that the third, smaller sedan Tesla plans next will be called the Model 3 — and by doing so, will still keep a inside joke alive.
In an interview with Britain's AutoExpress, Musk fleshed out a few details of the Model 3, which he expects to go into production around 2017, once the Model X launches and Tesla's Gigafactory battery plant is in use. Tesla expects the Model 3 to have a 200-mile maximum range and a starting price tag of about $35,000, aiming for an all-electric competitor to entry-level luxury sedans like the BMW 3-Series.
So, Musk says for the Model 3, Tesla will represent it with three bars — spelling S-III-X instead.And there's one more reveal left. The Model 3 will get a new platform, which like the Model S will spawn a crossover variation. Tesla's already applied for and cleared a trademark name for that vehicle — the Model Y, ensuring that it has a sexy future.