2024 Model 3 Facelift

Tesla Unveils 2024 Model 3 Facelift, Set to Launch in U.S. Soon

The Tesla Model 3 has undergone a facelift for the 2024 model year, six years after its initial launch in July 2017. This updated version features a refreshed design, introduces new features, extends its range, and brings several enhancements, making it even more appealing than the current model. Notably, the details and images presented in this article pertain to the German-spec model, as the U.S.-spec variant has not been unveiled yet. We will provide a comprehensive update when Tesla reveals the U.S. version.

Some key highlights of the 2024 Tesla Model 3 include:

  • Enhanced Design: The facelifted Model 3 boasts a refreshed design that enhances its visual appeal.
  • Improved Range: It offers an impressive WLTP range of up to 678 kilometers (421 miles), making it more energy-efficient.
  • Reduced Top Speed: The new model has a lower top speed of 125 mph compared to the previous version.
  • U.S. Launch: While details regarding the U.S. launch are forthcoming, it is expected to follow later this year.

These updates aim to solidify the Model 3’s position as one of the leading electric mid-size cars globally. Keep an eye out for further information on the U.S.-spec Model 3 once it becomes available.

2024 Model 3 Facelift
2024 Model 3 Facelift

Release Date

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is currently available for order in various international markets, including Germany, other European countries, Australia, China, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and the UAE. These markets are expected to receive the facelifted model from the Gigafactory Shanghai, with deliveries commencing soon.

According to a report by JRJ.com on August 7, 2023, Tesla has initiated production of the new Model 3 at the Gigafactory Shanghai. An X user named teslashanghai mentioned that Tesla intends to produce approximately 1,200 units of the new Model 3 per day at the Chinese plant.

As of now, Tesla has not officially announced the 2024 Model 3 in any of its North American markets, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, or Puerto Rico. The delay in the announcement could be attributed to a deferred production start at the Fremont Factory, which may serve as the exclusive production site for the updated car in North America. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that a regional launch announcement will be made soon.

Price

In Germany, the 2024 Tesla Model 3 is available at a retail price of EUR 42,990 for the Standard Range RWD variant and EUR 51,990 for the Long Range AWD variant.

In the United States, Tesla is expected to price the new Model 3 similarly to the outgoing model, with a starting price of approximately USD 41,000. To provide context, the current model is offered at USD 40,240 for the Standard Range RWD variant, USD 47,240 for the Long Range AWD variant, and USD 53,240 for the Performance variant.

It’s worth noting that Tesla had previously implemented significant price increases across its lineup in 2021 and 2022. However, the company is now working to balance these increases with price reductions. During Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting on May 16, 2023, Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, highlighted that the total ownership cost of the Model 3 has decreased to USD 0.49 per mile, making it comparable to that of a Toyota Corolla at USD 0.46 per mile.

Design

Front

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 introduces a fresh design for its headlamps, which is a departure from the previous version. These new headlamps are characterized by their slim, horizontal shape, reminiscent of the Model S, and they incorporate certain design cues inspired by the next-gen Roadster. While there were reports suggesting that these new headlights might feature Matrix LED technology, allowing for glare-free high beams that can selectively mask areas with oncoming traffic or other vehicles, Tesla has not officially confirmed this speculation.

The vehicle’s front-end now includes a new horizontal line at the top and an upswept horizontal line just above the air intake, giving the car a sleeker and more aerodynamic appearance. Notably, the new Model 3 omits fog lights, resulting in a cleaner and more minimalist look. Additionally, the redesigned front bumper adopts a simpler and more conventional design.

Side profile

The 2024 Model 3 showcases elongated cutouts along its sides, extending back to the front doors, to accommodate the Autopilot cameras. While the camera housing remains visually unchanged, this modification enhances the overall aesthetics. In terms of performance improvements, Tesla offers new alloy wheels and tires with the aim of enhancing range and reducing driving noise for the 2024 Model 3.

The base option includes 18-inch Photon wheels, which have been designed to significantly minimize air resistance. These wheels are available with the option of winter tires. Alternatively, customers can choose the 19-inch Nova wheels, which feature a more conventional double-spoke design.

Rear

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 features redesigned rear lights in a distinctive C-shaped pattern, imparting a sportier appearance compared to the outgoing model. Instead of the traditional “T” logo, the rear proudly displays the brand name in block letters, adding an extra touch of class and sophistication. Additionally, the rear bumper has been updated, with the light reflectors now positioned in the black lower section, as opposed to the body-colored area seen on the previous model, giving the new car a more streamlined and polished look.

Cameras & Sensors

In a series of posts on June 23, 2023, Teslascope provided insights into the upcoming changes for the new Model 3. According to their reports, the 2024 Model 3 will come equipped with Hardware 4 and a new Autopilot computer. Tesla is also set to enhance the car’s camera system, including the addition of a new bumper camera.

Additionally, it was reported that Tesla plans to eliminate the Model 3’s temperature sensor in the latest update. Instead, the updated car will determine the exterior temperature based on GPS location and weather data, which means it won’t provide temperature readings specific to its immediate environment, such as a garage. It was anticipated that Tesla would improve the Model 3’s GPS module for enhanced accuracy, although these changes have not been officially confirmed by the company. More details on these reported revisions are expected to be available when Tesla releases the 2024 Model 3 owner’s manual.

Colors

The facelifted Model 3 is available in five colors, including two new paint options:

  1. Pearl White Multi-Coat
  2. Deep Blue Metallic
  3. Solid Black
  4. Ultra Red (new)
  5. Stealth Grey (new)

Why does the Model 3 need a refresh?

Tesla’s designs have begun to show signs of aging, while competitors such as Hyundai, Volkswagen, Polestar, and various Chinese automakers are introducing electric vehicles with innovative and distinctive designs, setting new standards within their segments. Notable examples include Hyundai’s Ioniq 6, Volkswagen’s ID.7, Polestar’s 4, Nio’s ET5, and BYD’s Seal, all of which feature unique proportions and aesthetics. This wave of fresh designs represents just the beginning, as more established brands like Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti, and others are poised to enter the electric vehicle segment, further diversifying the market. Given this increasing competition from various corners of the globe, Tesla would benefit from proactive measures such as facelifts and regular updates to maintain its competitive edge.

Interior

Dashboard

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 boasts a range of interior updates. The dashboard has been redesigned to create a sleeker panel that seamlessly blends into the doors, enveloping the occupants in a cocoon-like fashion. This continuous panel and the doors are accentuated by an ambient lighting system, a feature absent in the outgoing model. Unlike its predecessor, the new model foregoes wood trim, which is arguably a more aesthetically pleasing choice.

Touchscreen

Instead of the previous 15-inch central touchscreen, the new model is equipped with a 15.4-inch display. However, both screens appear identical, suggesting that Tesla may simply be providing a more precise measurement rather than altering the panel’s actual size.

Sound System & Rear Touchscreen

Audiophiles will be delighted with the 2024 Model 3, as it features an upgraded 17-speaker sound system, complete with two subwoofers and two amplifiers, replacing the outgoing car’s 14-speaker system with one subwoofer and two amplifiers. Another noteworthy technological advancement is the inclusion of an 8-inch touchscreen for rear passengers, conveniently positioned on the back of the center console. This rear touchscreen serves both entertainment and climate control functions.

Seats & Glazing

Tesla has incorporated softer, more refined materials and top-tier craftsmanship into the 2024 Model 3. The updated model includes new ventilated front seats that can be pre-cooled via smartphone. Improved microphones have been installed in the car to enhance phone call quality. Tesla claims that the new model offers a quieter interior, thanks to 360-degree acoustic glazing.

Steering Wheel

The mid-cycle refresh of the Model 3 has brought changes to its steering wheel. While it features a rim reminiscent of the Tesla Semi’s steering wheel, its center pad, spokes, buttons, and scrollers resemble those found on the Tesla Cybertruck’s distinctive squircle-shaped steering wheel.

There are rumors circulating that Tesla may introduce a steering yoke with a steer-by-wire system as an option in the new Model 3. This technology is already on the horizon, with Lexus planning to offer it in the RZ in select markets starting in 2025. The steering yoke is expected to be offered alongside the new steering wheel, providing drivers with a choice. Tesla has not yet unveiled the Performance variant of the 2024 Model 3, which could potentially include additional features and options.

The optional steer-by-wire steering system is designed to enhance the driving experience by eliminating unwanted tire and brake vibrations, thereby providing a smoother and more comfortable ride. The topless design of the steering yoke should offer drivers a more unobstructed view of the road ahead, reducing the need for adjustments to their sightline.

Specifications

Aspect2024 Model 32023 Model 3Difference
Length4,720 mm (185.8 in.)4,694 mm (184.8 in.)+26 mm (+1.0 in.)
Width1,933 mm (76.1 in.)1,933 mm (76.1 in.)No change
Height1,441 mm (56.7 in.)1,443 mm (56.8 in.)-2 mm (-0.1 in.)
Ground Clearance138 mm (5.4 in.)140 mm (5.5 in.)-2 mm (-0.1 in.)
Cargo Space689 liters (24 cu. ft.)656 liters (23 cu. ft.)+33 liters (+1 cu. ft.)
Variants AvailableStandard Range RWD, Long Range AWDStandard Range RWD, Long Range AWDNot applicable
Performance AWD Variant AvailableExpected LaterNot availableNot applicable

Standard Range RWD

The 2024 Model 3 Standard Range RWD maintains its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6.1 seconds, similar to the outgoing model. However, its top speed has been slightly restricted to 201 km/h (125 mph), whereas the previous version could reach 225 km/h (140 mph).

Regarding charging capabilities, the new model continues to support charging at up to 170 kW, matching the specifications of the outgoing model. However, it boasts a significantly improved WLTP range, offering 554 km (344 miles) with 18-inch wheels or 513 km (319 miles) with 19-inch wheels. In comparison, the previous model could travel up to 510 km (317 miles) with 18-inch wheels or 491 km (305 miles) with 19-inch wheels.

In the U.S., the 2023 Model 3 Standard Range RWD achieved a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.8 seconds, a top speed of 140 mph, and an EPA-estimated range of 272 miles (with 18-inch wheels) or 267 miles (with 19-inch wheels).

Please note that these performance and range figures may vary slightly between regions and specifications.

Long Range AWD

The 2024 Model 3 Long Range AWD maintains its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) at 4.4 seconds, which is consistent with the outgoing model (6.1 seconds). However, the new variant’s top speed has been reduced to 201 km/h (125 mph), a significant downgrade compared to the outgoing model’s 233 km/h (145 mph).

The peak charging input for the new Model 3 Long Range AWD remains the same as the outgoing model, at 250 kW. However, the WLTP range for the former has seen substantial improvements, allowing it to travel up to 678 km or 421 miles (with 18-inch wheels) or 629 km or 390 miles (with 19-inch wheels). In contrast, the U.S.-spec 2023 Model 3 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, reach a top speed of 145 mph, and achieve a range of up to 333 miles (with 18-inch wheels) or 315 miles (with 19-inch wheels), according to EPA estimates.

It’s important to note that performance and range figures may vary depending on regional specifications and conditions.

Aspect\Specification2024 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range RWD2024 Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD
Length4,720 mm (185.8 in.)4,720 mm (185.8 in.)
Width1,933 mm (76.1 in.)1,933 mm (76.1 in.)
Height1,441 mm (56.7 in.)1,441 mm (56.7 in.)
Ground Clearance138 mm (5.4 in.)138 mm (5.4 in.)
Curb Weight1,765 kg (3,891 lbs.)1,828 kg (4,030 lbs.)
Cargo Space689 liters (24 cu. ft.)689 liters (24 cu. ft.)
Drivetrain LayoutRWDAWD
No. of MotorsOneTwo
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time6.1 seconds4.4 seconds
Top Speed201 km/h (125 mph)201 km/h (125 mph)
Max. Charging Power170 kW250 kW
WLTP Range (18-inch wheels)554 km (344 miles)678 km (421 miles)
WLTP Range (19-inch wheels)513 km (319 miles)629 km (391 miles)

2024 Tesla Model 3 FAQs

What is the release date of the 2024 Tesla Model 3?

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is expected to be available for purchase in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2023.

What is the expected price of the 2024 Tesla Model 3?

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is anticipated to have a starting price of approximately USD 41,000.

Which cars will compete with the 2024 Tesla Model 3?

The new Model 3 will face competition from the Polestar 2 and the Hyundai Ioniq 6.

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