Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Gets Major Facelift for 2024, With New Cabin and More Range

Tesla has officially unveiled the highly anticipated Model 3, known internally as Project Highland, with significant updates both inside and out, along with improved range and aerodynamics.

The refreshed Tesla Model 3, one of the world’s best-selling electric cars, boasts over 50% of its components being revamped based on customer feedback.

One of the standout changes is the completely redesigned front fascia, optimized for improved aerodynamics, resulting in a reduced drag coefficient from 0.23 to 0.219. This enhancement contributes to a 5% to 8% increase in range, depending on the model.

The rear-wheel drive version now offers an extended range of up to 344 miles (554 kilometers), a notable improvement over the previous version. The Long Range version can travel as far as 421 miles (678 kilometers) on a single charge, up from 394 miles (634 kilometers).

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

Charging speeds for the standard version remain at 170 kW, while the Long Range version supports 250 kW.

The power outputs remain unchanged, with the base version delivering 245 horsepower and accelerating from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 6.1 seconds. The Long Range model offers 351 horsepower and covers the same sprint in 4.4 seconds. Both models have a top speed of 125 mph (201 kph).

The Model 3 Performance variant features all-wheel drive and 456 horsepower, with an unofficial range of 360 miles (579 kilometers).

The new Model 3 is slightly longer, now measuring 185.8 inches (4,720 millimeters), with a slightly reduced ground clearance of 5.5 inches (140 millimeters) to improve aerodynamics.

Exterior updates include a restyled front bumper, redesigned headlights, and C-shaped LED taillights at the rear. Two new colors, Ultra Red and Stealth Gray, join the Model 3 lineup.

To enhance noise reduction, Tesla introduced aero-optimized wheel designs and improved tire sidewalls for the 18- and 19-inch wheels. Double-glazed windows were added for a quieter cabin, and structural reinforcement of the front and rear doors improves impact resistance.

Inside the Model 3, Tesla embraces minimalism with a massive 15.4-inch touchscreen featuring a slimmer surround. Stalks on the steering column have been replaced with buttons for turn indicators, and gear selection is now controlled via the touchscreen. The cabin also features two wireless phone chargers, three USB-C ports, and an 8-inch rear display. Ventilated front seats, a 17-speaker sound system, and other updates enhance the interior.

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is set to hit European, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and New Zealand markets in October, with production already underway in Shanghai and soon to begin in Fremont, California. Pricing details have yet to be announced, and specifications for the American market are forthcoming.

Tesla enthusiasts can anticipate the continued evolution of the Model 3 with Tesla’s commitment to regular updates and refinements.

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