As you know, the company's affordable all-electric sedan slotted under the Model S was close to playing a part in its own soap opera, after the car's debut was initially scheduled for 2017, but then pushed back to 2018.
However, here comes Elon Musk, who tweets that the "Model 3, our smaller and lower cost sedan will start production in about 2 years. Fully operational Gigafactory needed."
One reason for the delay could be that the Model 3 will be offered in both sedan and crossover versions according to Tesla Motors CTO JB Straubel, although Musk only refers to the car as a saloon in his tweet.
Also, Tesla's determination to launch the Model X as quick as possible might have disrupted the natural flow or things, and they ended up with more car launches than they can handle at this moment.
One thing is clear, though, the Gigafactory is crucial to Elon Musk's plans, and that's the area where Tesla is trying to speed things up. That's what we would do, especially since players like the new Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF are looking to secure a chunk of the market.
From what we could see in recent footages captured by drones flying over the Gigafactory building site, Tesla's facility is far from finding itself in final construction stages.
However, the Gigafactory's grand opening is scheduled to take place sometime in April 2016, which suggests finished the factory on time is now a race against the clock for Elon Musk and Tesla.
Model 3, our smaller and lower cost sedan will start production in about 2 years. Fully operational Gigafactory needed.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2015