Business Insider thinks this screen shot from an Australian “60 Minutes” episode reveals Model 3. Now, keep in mind, Musk said Model III won’t look like other cars. TeslaMondo has argued that it will indeed look like other cars at least a little, for two reasons:
* Tesla has to tap into a major artery of the market with Model III. It can’t go hog wild with styling. Yet.
* Even a semi-radical car design is quickly assimilated by our brains so it ends up looking like other cars. Remember the first time you saw the latest Jeep Cherokee? Exactly.
Anyway, back to the clay model. Compare it to Model X. See any differences? The clay one might be a tad smaller, but besides that, it’s a dead ringer. Would Tesla really build a slightly smaller Model X — or, for that matter, Model S — and call it Model III? Doubt it. That’s not ambitious enough. The Model III will likely have its own persona. Musk: “One easy thing to do would be to make a 20 percent smaller Model S. That would be easy to do, but I think we might be able to do a few more interesting things that just that.” So if a shrunken Model S isn’t good enough, presumably a shrunken Model X isn’t either.
Pulling this all together: Model III can’t look too outlandish, but it won’t merely ape other Teslas. Think somewhere in between. So no, Business Insider, this probably is not Model III.