2024 Tesla Model 3 Unveiled with New Face, Cabin, and More
The highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 has been unveiled, featuring a new look and improved range in response to customer feedback. The redesign includes a redesigned front fascia for better aerodynamics and reduced drag, resulting in a 5-8% boost in range. The base version can now drive up to 344 miles, while the Long Range version can go as far as 421 miles. The Model 3 also includes updates to the cabin, such as a 15.4-inch touchscreen and ventilated front seats. The car is expected to hit the market early next year.
The highly anticipated Tesla Model 3, internally known as Project Highland, has finally been unveiled. This electric car has undergone a complete refresh both inside and out, with improvements made to its range as well. The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best-selling electric cars globally, and its official release comes after numerous spy shots and leaks surfaced online in recent days.
However, this refresh is not just a cosmetic update. Tesla claims that over 50% of the car's components have been refreshed in response to customer feedback. Finally, the official details that have been eagerly awaited for the past year are now available. The most notable change is the completely redesigned front fascia, which enhances aerodynamics and reduces drag. These factors play a significant role in achieving a better range. The refreshed version of the Model 3 boasts a drag coefficient of only 0.219, an improvement from the previous 0.23. According to Tesla, this improvement results in a range boost of 5 to 8%, depending on the specific model.
And indeed, the numbers speak for themselves. The rear-wheel drive version of the Model 3 can now travel up to 344 miles (554 kilometers) more than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the Long Range version can reach a distance of 421 miles (678 kilometers) before requiring a recharge.
Charging speeds remain unchanged, with the standard version offering 170 kW and the Long Range version providing 250 kW. The power output of the Model 3 remains consistent as well. The base version delivers 245 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 6.1 seconds. The Long Range version, on the other hand, offers 351 horsepower and achieves the same acceleration in just 4.4 seconds. The top speed for both models is 125 mph (201 kph).
For those seeking even more power, the Model 3 Performance edition comes equipped with 456 horsepower and all-wheel drive. While the range for this model has not been officially confirmed, it is estimated to be around 360 miles (579 kilometers).
In terms of design, the front bumper has been restyled, and the headlights now feature a completely new shape. Surprisingly, the horizontal LED taillights that were initially thought to be present are actually C-shaped lights that cut into the trunk lid.
Tesla has also made improvements to reduce road noise, introducing new aero-optimized wheel designs and enhanced tire sidewalls for the 18- and 19-inch wheels. Additionally, the carmaker has implemented double-glazed windows for further noise reduction. The front and rear doors have received structural reinforcement to enhance impact resistance.
Inside the cabin, Tesla has embraced a minimalist approach. The most notable change is the introduction of a massive 15.4-inch touchscreen display with a slimmer surround. The traditional stalks on the steering column have been replaced, and turn indicators are now operated via buttons on the new steering wheel. To select gears, drivers simply need to tap an icon on the screen. However, it remains to be seen how well this new system will be received by drivers.
The Model 3 now offers two wireless phone chargers, three USB-C ports, and an 8-inch display for rear passengers, enhancing convenience for everyone on board. The front seats have also been upgraded to include ventilation, and there is a high-quality 17-speaker sound system installed.
The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is expected to hit the market early next year, assuming everything goes according to plan. Production is said to have started at the Gigafactory in Shanghai, with manufacturing at the Fremont plant set to commence soon. Pricing details have not been announced yet, but given Tesla's history, it is likely to change multiple times before the official market launch.