Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has shared the first images of the electric car company’s highly anticipated new Model 3.
Musk announced on Sunday in a series of tweets the first Model 3 had rolled off Tesla’s assembly line, with accompanying pictures snapped outside the Tesla factory site in California.
First Production Model 3 pic.twitter.com/TCa2NSUNI3
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017
The Model 3 is Tesla’s cheapest model to date, with the average Tesla currently selling for $US90,000 ($A117,000). The base Model 3 will retail for $US35,000 ($A45,700)
The new five-seat vehicle will have an acceleration from 0-to-100kmh in just under six seconds, and can travel at least 345 kilometres on a single charge.
It also has autopilot capabilities including auto lane-change, smart summon (which brings your car to meet you) and automatic emergency braking.
Last week, Musk noted that 100 Model 3 cars would be produced in August, before increasing to 1500 by September and no less than 20,000 produced per month by December.
The company produced 85,000 cars worldwide in 2016.
Tesla has received about 400,000 pre-orders for the new model, with estimations of delivery for new reservations to occur in late 2018.
Australians will have to wait at least nine months before they can get their hands on right-hand drive models, Musk tweeted.