The New and Improved Tesla Model 3
Elon Musk-owned Tesla has unveiled a facelifted version of the Model 3, one of the most anticipated electric vehicles of the year. This update not only includes exciting new features but also brings modifications to the design of the Model 3, making it even more appealing. Let’s delve into the details of what makes the facelifted Model 3 stand out.
Redesigned Interior and Exterior
The interior of the facelifted Model 3 has undergone a transformation, giving it a fresh and inviting setup. But the changes aren’t just skin deep; Tesla has also revamped the front and rear end of the sedan. These alterations contribute to improved aerodynamics, resulting in increased range and reduced wind noise.
“Even better than before,” tweeted Tesla Asia about the facelifted Model 3.
The facelifted Model 3 has been labeled as the “most aerodynamic Tesla ever,” boasting an impressive drag coefficient of 0.219. While this is a significant improvement, it’s worth noting that the previously launched Model S already offered an astonishing drag coefficient of 0.028. Despite this, the enhanced aerodynamic performance of the redesigned Model 3 contributes to an efficiency rise of 8 percent, a remarkable increase over the prior model’s Cd of 0.23.
The improvements in aerodynamics have a direct impact on the Model 3’s range. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Model 3 with 18-inch wheels now offers an estimated WLTP range of 344 miles (554 kilometers), while the long-range (LR) model can reach an impressive 421 miles (678 kilometers) on a single charge. These figures represent an almost 11 percent improvement over the outstanding models, which offered ranges of 305 and 374 miles, respectively. If you opt for the 19-inch Nova wheels, the RWD Model 3 still impresses with a WLTP-certified range of 319 miles (513 km), and the LR model achieves 391 miles (629 km). It’s important to note that Tesla has retained the performance metrics, with the RWD model accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and the LR version achieving this in 4.4 seconds.
The interior of the 2023 Model 3 has received a significant upgrade, creating a lounge-like atmosphere for passengers. Ambient lighting illuminates the entire cabin, setting the mood for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. Tesla has also incorporated better soundproofing materials and acoustic glass to minimize noise from the outside world, making the cabin quieter and more peaceful.
Similar to the Model S and Model X, Tesla has replaced the column-mounted levers with steering-mounted controls in the Model 3. This ergonomic improvement enhances the driving experience and aligns the Model 3 with its upscale siblings.
The facelifted Tesla Model 3 represents a significant step forward in electric vehicle technology. With improved aerodynamics, extended range, and a more luxurious interior, it promises an even better driving experience. Tesla continues to push the boundaries of what electric cars can achieve, and the Model 3 is a testament to their commitment to innovation.