In response to customer complaints regarding the weight of the liftgate on older Model 3 vehicles manufactured before 2021, Tesla has announced a solution. The company is now offering a retrofit kit for Model 3 owners, allowing them to equip their vehicles with a powered liftgate. This development comes as welcome news for many Tesla enthusiasts who have found the manual liftgate operation to be inconvenient or challenging.
Tesla owners have long expressed dissatisfaction with the older Model 3s, which relied on simple pneumatic extenders for trunk operation and lacked a powered liftgate option. Opening and closing the trunk had proven to be an inconvenience for most and a genuine challenge for some.
Remarkably, this retrofit option has been available in China for some time, with the service priced at approximately $650 locally. Now, Tesla has expanded the availability of this retrofit kit beyond China, making it accessible to Model 3 owners worldwide.
The retrofit kit not only provides a button for automatic trunk closure but also introduces the convenience of using the Tesla mobile app on a smartphone to open and close the trunk. This added functionality enhances the overall user experience for Model 3 owners.
With this move, Tesla aims to address a longstanding concern among its customer base and improve the accessibility and convenience of its vehicles, ultimately delivering a more satisfying ownership experience.