After teasing glimpses and leaks throughout the year, Tesla has officially launched its revamped Model 3 in markets like China and Europe. The new iteration boasts not only a moderate exterior facelift but also an improved driving range, and a spruced-up interior featuring new materials. Of course, all these goodies come with an adjusted price tag in certain regions. European customers can expect shipping to commence next month, while the vehicle is poised to hit the Tesla website for US shoppers in the near future.
A tweet from Tesla Europe unveiled the aesthetic changes made to the car, focusing primarily on a streamlined front end that now looks sleeker than its somewhat plumper predecessor. This isn’t just eye candy either—the redesign enhances aerodynamics, allowing the car to stretch its legs more on a single charge.
The accompanying caption excitedly reports a range of up to 629 km (roughly 390 miles) on one full charge. But hang on, that’s based on Europe’s WLTP standards, known for being slightly more optimistic than their EPA counterparts in the United States. For context, the prior Model 3 versions sported a 272-mile and 333-mile range for the base and long-range models, respectively, as per EPA estimates. If you do the math, American customers could be looking at an increased range of about 300 miles for the base model and up to 365 miles for the long-range version.
Tesla doesn’t just stop at the range and looks. The company is also singing praises about a “more elegant & chilled driving experience” owing to a firmer body and updated suspension settings. Fans of customization have two new color options to consider: ultra red and stealth grey. These shades, priced €2,000 above the standard white, are designed to subtly shift hues depending on your viewpoint and lighting conditions.
Inside, Tesla continues its trend of minimalism—don’t expect to find any physical controls. However, the carmaker claims the refreshed interior will include “higher-end materials, cooled seats, and personalized mood lighting.” Oh, and let’s not forget a rear touchscreen, granting backseat passengers control over climate and entertainment options. Meanwhile, the primary touchscreen interface upfront has slimmed down its bezels, offering more real estate for touch controls and boasting “brighter, more vivid contrast & increased responsiveness.”
If you thought the Model 3 was already like a library on wheels, prepare for more hush. Tesla is introducing “omnidirectional acoustic glass” promising a serene interior environment regardless of the surrounding chaos—less road and wind noise to be specific. As for the audiophiles out there, the upgraded sound system now features up to 17 speakers, complete with dual subwoofers and amplifiers. And yes, as Tesla cheekily noted, the volume “obviously goes to 11” (imagine Elon Musk saying this during a podcast).
Since its debut in 2018, the Model 3 has continually evolved via firmware updates and subtle design tweaks. This new update seems to be Tesla’s attempt to stay ahead of the game, especially with more polished electric vehicles coming from brands like Kia and Mercedes. There’s also buzz that these changes could potentially reduce the manufacturing costs of the Model 3.
As for the price, well, it’s a mixed bag. In China, the base model’s price has been bumped up to around $35,800—approximately 12% more than its predecessor. Norway, however, maintains the same price for the base model but increases the long-range model’s price by around $950. The Model 3 configurator is already live in Europe, and shipping is slated for October. American customers, keep those refresh buttons ready; the car should be stateside any day now.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tesla Model 3 Revamp
What are the main updates to Tesla’s Model 3?
The revamped Tesla Model 3 comes with a sleeker exterior design, an extended driving range, and a more luxurious interior. Aerodynamic improvements to the car’s front end contribute to its enhanced driving range. Inside, Tesla has introduced more premium materials, ventilated seats, and customizable ambient lighting. The car also features an improved sound system and new acoustic glass for a quieter ride.
When will the new Model 3 be available for purchase in Europe and the United States?
The new Model 3 is expected to start shipping in Europe in the upcoming month. As for the United States, the vehicle is expected to appear on Tesla’s ordering website soon, though a specific date has not been provided.
How much does the updated Model 3 cost?
In China, the base model now starts at around $35,800, which is about 12% more expensive than the previous version. In Norway, the base model retains its original price, but the long-range version will cost approximately $950 more. Pricing for other regions, including the United States, has not been confirmed yet.
What is the estimated driving range for the new Model 3?
Based on Europe’s WLTP standards, the new Model 3 can go up to 629 km (about 390 miles) on a single full charge. In the United States, where EPA standards are used, the estimated range is expected to increase to about 300 miles for the base model and 365 miles for the long-range model.
What are the new color options for the Tesla Model 3?
Two new colors, ultra red and stealth grey, have been introduced. These shades are available for an extra €2,000 over the standard base white color and are designed to change subtly depending on the viewing angle and lighting conditions.
What are the key features of the Model 3’s new interior?
The interior updates include more premium materials, ventilated seats, and customizable ambient lighting. There’s also a new rear touchscreen that allows backseat passengers to control the climate and entertainment settings. The main touchscreen at the front has also been improved to offer more screen space, brighter display, and quicker response times.
How has the ride quality been improved?
Tesla promises a “more refined & relaxed ride quality” owing to a combination of a stiffer body and updated suspension tuning.
Does the new Model 3 come with acoustic improvements?
Yes, the new Model 3 features “360-degree acoustic glass,” designed to significantly reduce road and wind noise, ensuring a quieter cabin environment. The sound system has also been upgraded to include up to 17 speakers, dual subwoofers, and dual amplifiers.
More about Tesla Model 3 Revamp
- Tesla Official Website
- WLTP Range Standards
- EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
- Tesla Model 3 Competitors Comparison
- Tesla Europe Twitter Announcement
- The Wall Street Journal Report on Model 3 Pricing
- Tesla Configurator Live in Europe
- Previous Tesla Model 3 Reviews
- Elon Musk’s Podcast Appearance Discussing Tesla