Two prototype Tesla Model 3 facelifts were caught on spy cameras testing a California road. The facelifted Tesla Model 3 is seen in testing mode, a week after the first reports regarding the update plans
The first prototype comes in white and was reported by Twitter user ‘omg_Tesla/Rivian’. The prototype comes with black covers on the front and rear. It also rocks the factory plate and has all the signs of being an updated model.
— omg_Tesla/Rivian (@omg_tesla) December 3, 2022
Typically, vehicles undergoing a facelift receive only minor changes to their bodywork and a few minor interior changes. However, it’s possible the Model 3 update is more than just that and will be more comprehensive than most.
The company is currently building the Model Y with a larger casting technology that is simpler and costs less. Elon Musk has previously said the technology will also be used by Model 3s in the future, even if that means production will have to be temporarily halted to make changes to the manufacturing process.
The overall design of the updated Model 3 will remain familiar, though it will at least come with new headlights and taillights. One spy image shows that there is a camera mounted in the corner of the headlights, potentially addressing the blind spot around the current car’s bumper. However, it could just be a button to help connect two pieces of black material.
Shortly after the first pictures of the white car surfaced online, the same bright red Model 3 with black hood was spotted on the road by a Reddit user.
Changes are also expected to be made to the updated Model 3 cabin, although this prototype is pictured without any visible changes. It’s understood that Tesla will further simplify the minimalist interior in an attempt to reduce costs.