At an unveiling event on Thursday, Tesla introduced the redesigned version of its Model 3, which had been previously codenamed “Highland,” specifically tailored for the European market. The automaker claims that the exterior styling has been optimized for maximum aerodynamics, although details regarding the updated coefficient of drag were not disclosed. The released photos depict a new front end with sleeker headlights, apparent modifications to the side sculpting of the sedan, and a fresh taillight design.
In addition to the cosmetic changes, the Model 3 now boasts upgraded tires and wheels, two new color options, and several notable updates to its interior. The dashboard layout remains largely unchanged, with a large horizontal touchscreen positioned in the center. However, similar to the Model S and Model X, Tesla has eliminated the use of stalks, including the gear selector. Now, these functions are managed through the touchscreen, while touchpads on the steering wheel handle other commands. Notably, the controversial steering yoke featured in the refreshed Model S and Model X earlier this year did not make its way into the updated Model 3; however, it is now available as an optional feature for those models.
The revamped Model 3’s interior enhancements include ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats, heated seats both in the front and rear, and an 8.0-inch rear display for climate and entertainment controls. The primary touchscreen has been increased to 15.4 inches and features a smaller bezel and higher contrast for improved visibility under sunlight. Tesla claims that the screen is more responsive and highlights the upgraded interior materials used.
Noise insulation has been enhanced in the updated Model 3 with the addition of acoustic glass, resulting in reduced wind noise and better sound quality for the available 17-speaker audio system with two subwoofers and two amplifiers. It is yet uncertain which of these feature and content changes will be carried over to the U.S. market.
Measuring 185.8 inches in length, 76.2 inches in width, and 56.7 inches in height, the redesigned Model 3 is expected to be slightly wider than the current version. Tesla has cited a curb weight of almost 3,900 pounds and claims overall increased body stiffness. Furthermore, the suspension tuning has been revised for improved performance.
Tesla has stated that the updated Model 3 will achieve approximately 10 to 12% more range in Europe due to the aerodynamic updates. However, it remains unclear how this will translate to the U.S. model. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) range for the current Model 3 stands at 272 miles in base form and 333 miles in Long Range specification, and it is anticipated that the range for the updated model will be comparable.
Since its introduction in 2017, the appearance of the Model 3 has remained relatively unchanged. Tesla recently introduced base versions of the vehicle equipped with lithium iron phosphate batteries and made several pricing adjustments, slashing prices for inventory vehicles by over $5,000 in some cases earlier this week. The Model Y, a crossover based on the Model 3, was launched in 2020 and is likely to receive similar updates in the near future.
For customers in Europe, Tesla has estimated an October/November delivery timeframe for the revamped Model 3 in both base and Long Range versions. The company is also reportedly accepting deliveries for the refreshed Model 3 in China, with deliveries scheduled for later in the fourth quarter. As of now, no specific timeline has been provided for the U.S. market.
In conclusion, Tesla has unveiled the redesigned Model 3 for the European market, featuring exterior styling optimized for aerodynamics and various interior updates. With improved tires and wheels, new colors, and enhanced technology, the updated Model 3 aims to provide an even better driving experience. However, it remains to be seen when this new version will be available in the U.S. and how it will be received by customers worldwide.