Tesla has officially revealed its revamped Model 3 facelift, bringing a series of modifications that aim to enhance both the visual appeal and performance of the popular electric vehicle. The refresh encompasses alterations to the front-end design, interior layout featuring enlarged screens, and an increase in driving range.
The redesign of the front end introduces a sleeker look that departs from the earlier model's design, with particular focus on reducing the somewhat prominent front bump. Tesla had previously provided a glimpse of this revamped front end through a leaked image in April, which now aligns with the final unveiling by the company. The “Ultra Red” color variant, replacing the existing red multi-coat option, is showcased in the released photos, although its availability outside Europe is yet to be confirmed.
One of the notable visual changes is evident in the redesigned headlights, which adopt a narrower and more aggressive appearance, in line with Tesla's efforts to create a streamlined and contemporary aesthetic.
Tesla's commitment to extending the driving range is a central theme in the refreshed Model 3. The WLTP testing estimates the SR RWD version to achieve a range of 344 miles, while the LR version is projected to cover 421 miles. These figures represent a noteworthy 11-12% improvement over the previous Model 3's WLTP ratings, suggesting potential gains in EPA ratings for customers in the US. Translating the percentage increase to EPA ratings could imply an approximate range of 300 miles for the SR variant and around 370 miles for the LR variant.
Enhancements in aerodynamics play a vital role in achieving this extended range, facilitated by the revised front-end design that enhances airflow efficiency around the vehicle. Tesla's focus on improving aerodynamics is reflected in the impressive Cd value of .219 for the updated Model 3, signifying a considerable enhancement compared to its predecessors. This improved aerodynamic efficiency, combined with other optimizations, contributes to the overall range boost.
In a bid to enhance efficiency without compromising aesthetics, Tesla introduces new wheel cover inserts. These inserts strike a balance between larger wheel sizes and improved range, catering to the preferences of drivers who seek both efficiency and visual appeal.
The refreshed Model 3 also reflects interior enhancements, including the addition of an 8-inch touchscreen at the rear, granting rear-seat passengers control over climate and entertainment settings. The cabin's rear seats have been upgraded for enhanced comfort, while the elimination of stalks from the steering column brings the Model 3 in line with Tesla's Model S and Model X offerings. The gear selector's relocation to the touchscreen and the placement of turn signal buttons on the steering wheel's left side contribute to a more streamlined and user-friendly experience.
Tesla's dedication to in-car innovation extends to the comfort aspect as well, evident through the inclusion of ventilated front seats that can be remotely pre-conditioned via the Tesla app. This feature enables users to adjust seat temperature before entering the vehicle, enhancing overall driving comfort. Additionally, a standard wireless charging pad with room for two phones has been integrated beneath the front screen, catering to the growing demand for seamless connectivity.
The audio experience has also been elevated, with the sound system now boasting 17 speakers, an increase from the previous 14. The vehicle's interior ambiance is customizable through adjustable ambient lighting, providing drivers with the option to personalize their driving environment.
Deliveries of the refreshed Model 3 are slated to begin in Europe in late October. While Tesla has yet to disclose delivery timelines for North America, pricing details for the region have not been revealed either. In Norway, however, the SR version's base price remains consistent, while the LR version commands a premium of 10,000 NOK (~$941 USD).