Tesla’s Model 3 EV Sedan Looks Surprisingly Good Prepped for Off-Roading
Teslas is extremely popular in Norway, where electric vehicles are exempt from a multitude of fees and taxes applicable to other cars. But, apparently, these vehicles do not always have what it takes to face the ruthless rural terrain of the country. This is why a Norwegian pilot ordered the German equipment Delta4x4 to transform his Tesla Model 3 into a gentle all-terrain warrior.
Why not just start with, ahem, the SUV brother of the Model 3, the new Model Y? Well, this is a good question. It looks like the Norwegian with a Model 3 really wanted a more robust sedan (and, probably, since the Model Y is not out yet, they didn’t want to wait for Norwegian off-road capability). According to Delta4x4, “This iconic electric car is not well suited to Nordic terrain. The Tesla’s batteries located deep within the vehicle can make driving in this sometimes unpredictable environment almost catastrophic.”
So the company elevated the Model 3 with a 35mm (1.4 inch) suspension lift kit, giving the floor room for maneuvering for off-road adventures. 18-inch aftermarket wheels and 18-inch all-terrain tires are also helpful. The result reminds us of Subaru’s Legacy SUS (sport utility sedan) oddball, essentially a sedan version of the popular Outback wagon.
On social media, the company says that the lifting kit for the Tesla Model 3 is now ready to be ordered. (Same for the wheels and tires.) So if you want to venture off the beaten track in a luxury electric car, this is your chance. Fortunately, the Model 3 offers a wide range to keep you going.
Delta4x4 upgrades aren’t even that expensive. The 35mm lift kit costs 480 euros (around $ 540 at current exchange rate), and the axle fitted with Cooper 245 / 45R18 tires starts from 1500 euros ($ 1685). The same tire with Klassik B wheels protected by FlangeLock costs 2,500 euros ($ 2,810), plus mounting.
It’s the same company that brought us a really cool Ford Ranger with 80s graphics and an extreme lift kit, so we’re glad to see it didn’t interrupt its radial sequence. Delta4x4 offers a multitude of off-road accessories, from lifting kits and wheels to crash bars and fender flares, for a variety of new vehicles, but the Tesla Electric certainly stands out.