- Tesla Model 3 facelift will now be capable of up to 629km range, in Long Range AWD form.
- The mid-life update transforms the look of both the front and rear, and adds two new paint colours to the mix.
- The new tech inside the facelift was previously only seen on the more expensive Model S and X models, such as rear seat screens and ventilated seats.
The Tesla Model 3 gets an overhaul
The Model 3 has been on the roads since 2017, so after six years it was due a revamp. Looking at the photos, the most obvious changes are from the outside. The headlights are completely redesigned, and look remarkably similar to those found on the future Tesla Roadster. The taillights are also tweaked, while new wheel options are available. The facelifted Model 3 is also available in two new colours: Stealth Grey, and Ultra Red.
Slightly-tweaked body panels also help make the car more aerodynamic, which brings the quoted range up to an impressive 629km (390 miles) for the Long Range AWD. This makes the new model a serious contender for the best long range electric cars.
The changes don’t stop there however, as you’ll notice when you step inside. There is now a wrap-around dashboard marked by a strip of ambient lighting, creating a cocoon feel inside the cabin. More premium materials are also being used on cabin surfaces, whilst there is a whole host of new technology. Ventilated seats are now available, along with dual phone wireless charging, and a new 17-speaker sound system in the Long Range models.
Second row passengers will also stay entertained with a new 8-inch touchscreen in the rear, which can control temperature as well as serve as an entertainment hub. This is something we’ve already seen on the company’s more premium Model S and X, but it’s impressive to see this technology filtering down to cheaper cars.
The changes you can’t see
The Model 3 facelift has a couple of changes that at first you won’t notice. A combination of more sound-deadening materials, improved seals, acoustic glass, and improved suspension bushings help make the Model 3’s interior quieter on the move. The new model is also safer, with new side-impact protection features.