Neta Eureka 03 Concept Answers The Call Of The Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is already one of the most recognizable electric vehicles in the world, thanks to its distinctive silhouette and grille-less front fascia. But it may soon have a new rival, previewed by the Neta Eureka 03 concept which debuted at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show this week. Boasting an elegant Art Deco design, the Eureka 03 could be the third model from electric vehicle maker Neta, after the U and N01 crossovers.
Neta claims a range of 800 kilometers (496 miles) using the somewhat outdated NEDC test protocol, according to a Facebook post from CarNewsChina.com. Using a bit of chair math, we estimate that the EPA rating is still impressive at 559 km (347 miles). For comparison, a standard-range Tesla Model 3 with rear-wheel drive has a range of 250 miles, while the extended-range all-wheel-drive variant has driven 322 miles in EPA testing.
The Eureka 03 will also sprint to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in about 4 seconds, a number that also compares very well to the Tesla – the base model hits 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, while that the Extended Range Model 3 reduces that number to 4.4 seconds. Of course, those looking for maximum acceleration from their compact luxury electric vehicles should opt for the Tesla Model 3 Performance, which crashes to 60 in just 3.2 seconds, with a rated range of 299 miles.
Measuring 189.0 inches long, 78.7 inches wide, and 55.1 inches tall (draped over a 114-inch wheelbase), the Neta Concept carries its proportions well. The sharp Y-shaped headlights look a bit like those on the Polestar 2, although much larger. A wide, pointed bottom grille cools the electrical components and gives the ‘Eureka 03’ brand a clean backdrop. Triangular strakes dominate the side profile, pairing well with a five-spoke frangipani-shaped wheel design.
The fastback sedan’s curved roofline and rear hips feature magnificent flying buttresses that could just as easily have been ripped off from a modern supercar. Spoiling the rear view (pun intended) is a rear spoiler that feels a bit too small for the vehicle. Fortunately, an eye-catching rear light bar (attached by wing-shaped tail lights) and a slick rear diffuser save the rear.
CarNewsChina.com expects a production version of the Neta Eureka 03 to hit Chinese roads sometime in 2022.