In a recent unveiling, Tesla introduced the 2024 Model 3, showcasing significant advancements in aerodynamics and range. While the changes might appear as a routine mid-cycle update, they bring noteworthy enhancements to the popular electric vehicle.
According to information compiled by Sawyer Merritt on X (formerly Twitter), the 2024 Model 3 claims the title of “the most aerodynamic Tesla ever,” boasting a drag coefficient of 0.219. However, it's important to note that the larger Model S still retains a slightly lower drag coefficient of 0.208. The discrepancy arises from Tesla's claim of having the “lowest absolute drag of any Tesla 0.219,” adding a layer of complexity to the comparison. Notably, the Lucid Air currently holds the title of the most aerodynamic production car with a drag coefficient of 0.197.
Here is a list of everything new in the refreshed Model 3:
• Range has increases ~12%
• 50% of the parts in the car are new
• Redesigned interior with new door cards
• More premium interior materials. The fabric is softer to the touch and sewn with a more refined process to… pic.twitter.com/gTNao6j96s
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The revamped Model 3 demonstrates a nearly 5 percent improvement over its predecessor's drag coefficient of 0.23. This improved aerodynamic performance plays a pivotal role in the Model 3's remarkable 8 percent increase in efficiency.
Enhanced efficiency translates directly into increased range, a crucial factor for electric vehicles. Tesla reports that the Model 3's range has surged by up to 12 percent on the WLTP test cycle. In specific figures, the Model 3 RWD now boasts a WLTP range of 344 miles, while the Model 3 Long Range impressively offers 421 miles. However, EPA range ratings have not been disclosed at this time.
The primary contributor to this remarkable efficiency boost lies in the redesigned front end of the vehicle. It features a sleeker bumper with smoother surfaces, eliminating the need for fog lights, and smaller horizontal headlights. The hood has been flattened as well, further reducing drag. Additional aerodynamic improvements can be observed in the lower rear bumper, now equipped with an air diffuser, and the introduction of two new wheel designs, specifically engineered to optimize battery life.
Buyers can opt for the standard 18-inch Photon alloy wheel, characterized by seven blade-like spokes and a black finish. Alternatively, Tesla offers a 19-inch Nova wheel, available for $1,845 (1,700 euros) in Germany. The Nova wheel design closely resembles the outgoing Model 3 Performance standard wheel choice, with ten slimmer, “twisted” spokes.
Beyond the efficiency gains, the improved aerodynamics also contribute to enhanced comfort. Tesla claims a 30-percent reduction in wind and ambient noise in the 2024 Model 3. While this improvement can be attributed to multiple factors, the streamlined body's decisive role in reducing noise levels cannot be understated.