The Tesla Model 3 has been updated, with a number of changes including a longer range (good) and the removal of its indicator stalks (bad?).
Thanks to a variety of improvements including aerodynamic tweaks, the WLTP driving range is now up to 421 miles for the Long Range model with standard 18-inch wheels. Even with the larger optional 19-inch wheels, the range is still 390 miles.
The Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive has a WLTP driving range of 344 miles on standard 18-inch wheels, or 318 miles on optional 19-inch wheels.
The Model 3 Long Range can ultra-rapid charge at up to 250 kW, with the Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive having maximum ultra-rapid charging of 170 kW.
Performance remains impressive: the updated Model 3 Long Range has a 0-60mph acceleration time of just 4.2 seconds, or 5.8 seconds for the Rear-Wheel Drive variant.
One of the most interesting (/worrying) changes for the new Model 3 is the removal of the stalks on the steering column. The indicator stalks are replaced with steering wheel controls, including both haptic switches and physical buttons.
The gear selector used to be a stalk on the right-hand side of the steering column; now, you have to swipe up or down on the left-side of the central touchscreen to engage Drive or Reverse. The car will even automatically select Drive or Reverse according to your surroundings (again, slightly worrying?).
Other updates include, for the exterior, new headlights and tail lights, and improved aerodynamics (0.219) which contribute to the increased range. The Model 3’s interior has also been improved, with higher quality materials, new seats, ambient lighting and a new 8-inch rear display with integrated climate control, ventilation and entertainment. The cabin is also quieter, with a 30% wind noise improvement, a 20% road noise improvement, a 30% ambient noise isolation improvement, and a 25% impact noise improvement. The upgraded Model 3 features a new Tesla-designed premium audio system.
The upgraded Tesla Model 3 is available in two new colours, Ultra Red and Stealth Grey. Prices start from £39,990 for the Rear-Wheel Drive variant and the Model 3 Long Range costs £49,990; deliveries start in January 2024.