Tesla has updated the Model 3 with a new look, improved interior, better refinement and more range.
The new model, which will arrive in the UK early in 2024, has smoother styling which more closely resembles the Model S but also reduces aerodynamic drag. The fog lights are now incorporated into headlight units, while the tail lamps are integrated into the bootlid to improve fit.
New wheel designs are also optimised for aerodynamics.
As a result of these changes and new, more efficient tyres, the range is expected to improve by between 5 and 8%, taking the Long Range model’s total from 394 to 421 miles – making it one of the longest of any car available. The entry-level rear-wheel-drive car now has an official range of 344 miles.
In addition to making the Model 3 more efficient, the slippery design also means the car is quieter. The cabin also has new 360˚ acoustic glass, improved suspension bushings, seals and sound-dampening materials to improve refinement.
There are other big changes inside. Customisable ambient lighting wraps around the cabin, and ventilated front seats and heated seats all-round are integrated into automatic climate controls.
A redesigned centre console is now covered in aluminium, and it’s possible to fast-charge laptops with three USB-C charging ports, each with up to 65W of power.
There’s also a new Tesla-designed premium audio system featuring 17 speakers, dual subwoofers and dual amplifiers for Long Range vehicles and 9 speakers, a single subwoofer and amplifier for Rear-Wheel Drive vehicles. Includes native support for Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. Additional and more capable microphones deliver improved call quality. All new 8-inch rear display controls the climate control, ventilation, and entertainment.
Tesla is also doubling down on its minimalist approach to controls for the driver. Stalks are replaced with steering wheel controls, including both haptic switches and physical buttons. Smart Shift automatically selects the correct driving direction to start your trip, just like the latest Model S and Model X. The 15.4-inch centre display is the same size as before but has a thinner bezel.
Finally, there are two new colours, called Ultra Red and Stealth Grey.
There is no official word on pricing yet, but expect a small uplift from the current levels or list price and a reduction in the discounts which are currently being offered on the old model.