Tesla Reveals New Model 3 for Some Global Markets

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

tesla reveals new model 3 for some global markets

We’ve been seeing leaks and hearing teases for the updated Tesla Model 3 for a while now, and it finally looks like the automaker has rolled out the long-awaited refresh. The new car is on sale in China now, bringing refined styling, increased range, and a fresh interior.

The new Model 3’s front end is sharper and looks more grown-up than the rounded nose the previous car wore. The headlights and LED running lights have also been refined. Around the back, the car sports a new bumper design with what looks like a diffuser in the lower bumper area.

Inside, the car gets updated materials and a new ambient lighting system. Cabin noise levels should be kept in check, thanks to the new Model 3’s more robust sound-deadening materials, and rear passengers get a new eight-inch display with controls for climate and other features. 

The WLTP range estimates for the car reach 421 miles for the Model 3 Long Range, and while the EPA’s estimates are typically more conservative, the new car will still offer more generous range numbers than many of America’s longer-range EVs. 

That Tesla released the Model 3 in China first isn’t that surprising. Rumors have pointed to the automaker starting production in the country first, and Chinese buyers are a vitally important group for the company. We don’t know when Tesla plans to release the car in the U.S., but the timing will likely coincide with production starting at its American factories to meet federal tax credit requirements. 

[Image: Tesla]

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 01, 2023

    "rear passengers get a new eight-inch display with controls"

    Bah. Passengers should be focused on driving!

    (mine certainly are)

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Sep 01, 2023

    Nobody really cares. Same appliance just a new but still ugly wrapper. They didn't even try.

  • BetterOne BetterOne on Sep 01, 2023

    Subtle but needed improvements. I don't hate it... but does it have the same precise craftsmanship as LEGO bricks?

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Sep 05, 2023

    Even Checker occasionally added minor tweaks to the Marathon. When is Tesla going to reveal a true restyle? Or do they want to be like Checker?

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    • VoGhost VoGhost on Sep 05, 2023

      I never hear this statement applied to Chryslers or Dodges. But tell me this, does your vehicle of choice that gets restyles on the schedule you prefer have heat pumps? Is it built with presses that reduce the # of parts by 90%+? Does it have software the allows you to simply put the vehicle in park and walk away without worrying about parking brakes or locks? Does your vehicle get software updates weekly that actually improve performance? Does your vehicle have the largest refueling network in the world, that doesn't need you to pull out a credit card or stand around in bad weather? Does your vehicle outperform everything in its class?

      Just curious.