Quiet reveal for updated Model 3
More range, cabin tweaks, new screens
A refreshed Tesla Model 3 has broken cover on the company’s website. The model gets more range and styling tweaks, but the biggest surprise is that Elon Musk hasn’t Tweeted about it.
The biggest styling changes are up front, with new slim headlights and a new bumper. It’s certainly a better look for the EV, though changes to the rest of the car’s exterior are limited to wheel designs and slightly changed taillights.
It’s the Tesla Model 3’s improved range that will probably get the most attention from consumers. Only rear drive and Long Range models are currently listed on the company’s site (more about that later). The former has its WLTP range increased by 21 km to 513 km, the latter is up 17 to 629 km. Both figures will be lower when Canadian range estimates are posted but expect figures around 450 km and 545 km.
Interior changes include a new wrap-around trim effect with ambient lighting, a smaller bezel and better brightness for the center screen, and a new 8.0-inch screen for rear passengers. Tesla has also gotten rid of the gear selector and signal stalks, but have added stereo speakers and ventilated front seats. Acoustic glass in all windows should reduce cabin noise.
The changes are live on Tesla’s websites for Europe and Asia, but not North America. That has us wondering if vehicles here might have to wait for the changes. The Model 3 is built in California as well as Shanghai, so it’s possible that only one of the two plants will get the refreshed vehicle at first.