Tesla’s popular Model 3 gets a stunning makeover with enhanced aerodynamics, increased range, and upgraded interior features after six successful years and two million global sales. The refreshed Model 3, known internally as Project Highland, has received much anticipation and attention from EV enthusiasts.
This updated Model 3 boasts a sleeker and more chiseled appearance, featuring a redesigned front and rear design along with a revamped interior. Tesla highlights its improved aerodynamics, resulting in extended range and reduced wind noise. Initially, these updates are available for the rear-wheel-drive and long-range versions.
Notable design changes include a sharper front end, refined character lines, updated headlamp housing, and new LED daytime running lights. The rear end showcases striking wraparound C-shaped taillights with the Tesla name replacing the logo. The vehicle also introduces two fresh color options: Ultra Red and Stealth Gray.
While overall dimensions remain largely consistent, the Model 3 has gained an extra inch in length, measuring 185.8 inches, while its height has decreased by a tenth of an inch to 56.7 inches. Ground clearance has slightly reduced from 5.5 inches to 5.4 inches.
The estimated WLTP range for the updated rear-wheel-drive Model 3 with 18-inch wheels is 344 miles, while the long-range variant reaches an impressive 421 miles. These figures represent an approximately 11 to 12 percent increase compared to the current models. It’s worth noting that EPA ratings for the US market may differ significantly.
Equipped with optional 19-inch “Nova” wheels, the rear-wheel-drive Model 3 achieves 319 miles of range, while the long-range version delivers 391 miles. Performance remains consistent, with 0-62 mph times of 6.1 seconds for the rear-wheel-drive model and 4.4 seconds for the long-range all-wheel-drive variant.
Inside, the Model 3 offers a more spacious and comfortable environment with an enveloping architecture featuring aluminum and fabric materials. Enhanced acoustic glass and soundproofing materials contribute to a quieter cabin. The 15.4-inch central screen features slimmer bezels, and an 8.0-inch rear display now integrates climate, ventilation, and infotainment controls. Steering-mounted controls replace column-mounted levers.
Tesla has expanded the audio experience with LR models receiving 17 speakers, while the RWD version gets nine speakers, promising improved call quality with a more powerful microphone.
European and Middle Eastern deliveries of the updated Model 3 are set to begin in late October, with details about the North American release expected soon. Reports suggest that production is already underway in Gigafactory Shanghai, with a North American version anticipated from Tesla’s Fremont facility in California.