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Tesla’s Refreshed Model 3 Hits Global Markets, But UK Availability Remains Uncertain

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After months of anticipation, Tesla has officially unveiled the refreshed Model 3, known as “Project Highland.” The electric vehicle (EV) has made its debut in several markets, but availability varies across regions.

As of the recent launch, the updated Model 3 is now accessible for customers in all left-hand drive (LHD) European countries with a Tesla presence and the Middle East. Deliveries are expected to commence as early as October, with options limited to the rear-wheel-drive Standard Range and dual-motor all-wheel-drive Long Range versions.

In a recent update on Tesla’s official website, it was revealed that the revised Model 3 is also available in certain right-hand drive (RHD) markets, including Australia and New Zealand. Orders from these regions are projected to be fulfilled between January and March of 2024.

However, the United Kingdom and Ireland, also RHD markets, will continue to receive the previous version of the EV, with no clear timeline for the arrival of the facelifted Model 3.

Curiously, all of these regions source their Model 3 units from Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory in China. Yet, the reason behind the differing availability timelines remains undisclosed.

Japan, where traffic drives on the left side of the road, will begin receiving the new Model 3 Highland units starting in December 2023.

The United States, Canada, and Mexico are still awaiting their turn for the refreshed Model 3, with production set to commence later this year at Tesla’s Fremont factory.

A summary of Model 3 Highland availability and estimated delivery times, according to Tesla’s official website:

  • Europe: Available in October
  • Middle East: Available in October
  • China: Expected in Q4 2023
  • Australia & New Zealand: January 2024 – March 2024
  • Malaysia: Anticipated late 2023
  • Japan: December 2023 – March 2024
  • UK and Ireland: Currently unavailable
  • Canada: Currently unavailable
  • US: Currently unavailable
  • Singapore: Currently unavailable
  • Korea: Currently unavailable

The refreshed Tesla Model 3, released six years after its initial launch, boasts subtle exterior redesigns, a minimalist interior with ambient lighting and a rear screen, as well as a slightly expanded trunk.

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