AutoGuide.com published a picture (see above) today of an alleged leak from a Tesla employee. The publication wrote:

“In an e-mail to AutoGuide sister site TheTruthAboutCars, a person who claims to be a Tesla employee sent the image you see above, claiming to have accessed a colleague’s computer and taken this photo of a photo.”

After only a few minutes of investigation, we feel confident in calling it a “fake”.

We’ve seen a bunch of unofficial mockups of the Model 3 over the past few months and this one was not among them, which is a good sign, but it still doesn’t hold up to a little scrutiny.

First of, it looks like it was designed on top of a shot of the Model X’s promotional picture.

The background and colors are the same, while the lighting seems to only look different because it’s a picture of a monitor.

Here’s a side-by-side of the two:

Secondly, there are a few obvious imperfections like the windshield line and the wheel wells.

The door handle placement also suggests that the rear doors are ‘Falcon Wings’, which wouldn’t make sense for the Model 3 which is supposed to be a sedan. It would make sense for the Model Y, but that’s not what the alleged leak is claiming.

And finally, the origin of the leak , which was first sent to TheTruthAboutCars, is suspicious on its own. The publication has a long history of extremely negative commentary on Tesla. It had a long standing series called the “Tesla Death Watch” predicting Tesla’s imminent death, which has yet to happen.

It’s a cool mockup, but is it the Model 3? We say no. What about you?

Update: Tesla confirmed that it is not the Model 3.

Images: AutoGuide.com and Tesla.

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