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The 2024 Tesla Model 3 Refresh: What You Need to Know

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Red 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland

The Tesla Model 3 has long been hailed as the most affordable and popular electric vehicle (EV) on the market. Yet, even with its acclaim, the car had remained largely unchanged since its initial launch in 2017. But all that has changed recently with the comprehensive refresh for the 2024 Tesla Model 3, which was first unveiled in Europe under the codename "Project Highland" and later appeared on Tesla's Chinese website.

This article consolidates insights from multiple sources to give you an in-depth look at what’s new in the latest Model 3. Here's what you need to know.

Exterior Upgrades

Rear of a Red 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland

The 2024 Model 3 has undergone significant exterior changes that breathe fresh life into the car's design. Gone is the slightly doughy and fishbowl-like appearance, replaced by a sleeker, more aerodynamically efficient exterior. The headlights have gotten narrower and more aggressive, creating a compelling focal point. Moreover, the taillights have been updated, now flanking "TESLA" badging on the trunk lid instead of the previous Tesla “T” logo.

The updated Model 3 comes with new wheel designs, including 18-inch "Photon" wheels and 19-inch "Nova" wheels. These wheels not only add to the aesthetic appeal but also contribute to the car's aerodynamic efficiency.

Interior Transformation

Red 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland Interior

While the exterior changes catch the eye, the alterations in the cabin are arguably even more noteworthy. The minimalist ethos remains but with far more bells and whistles than before. New door panel upholstery, wraparound LED ambient lighting, and a new 8-inch rear-facing display significantly improve the interior vibe. Tesla has also introduced sound-deadening materials and acoustic glass to make the cabin quieter.

Traditional stalks for the turn signals and gear selection have been replaced. Turn signal buttons now appear on the left side of the redesigned steering wheel, and gear selection has moved to the central touchscreen. Ventilated front seats, two smartphone charging pads, and an improved sound system with 17 speakers round out the major changes inside.

Enhanced Performance and Range

White 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland at Supercharger

Tesla has remained tight-lipped about the precise power and range specifications for the U.S. market. However, speculation is ripe that the updated Model 3 will feature improved range and motor output, partly thanks to Tesla’s new 4680 batteries and enhanced subframe castings borrowed from the Model Y.

European WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) ratings suggest an 11-12% improvement in range. If similar improvements carry over to the U.S. EPA ratings, the Standard Range could boast around 300 miles, while the Long Range might offer approximately 370 miles.

The Financial Aspect

Though U.S. pricing remains unknown, Norwegian pricing suggests that the Long Range variant is around $941 more expensive than its predecessor. However, the Standard Range maintains its base price. Tesla has been marking down current Model 3s in inventory, probably to make room for the new model, indicating that the launch is imminent.


Front end of a Red 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland

Tesla's 2024 Model 3 refresh appears to be one of the most comprehensive updates the vehicle has received since its launch. The aesthetic and performance improvements are set to make this already popular vehicle even more appealing. According to Tesla drivers who have had a glimpse of the new car, the changes are expansive and mostly positive.

As for the unique, though slightly controversial, steering wheel changes and on-screen gear selection—these are alterations that might take some getting used to. Yet they don't undermine the overall impression that Tesla has gone above and beyond to make the new Model 3 a significant upgrade over its predecessor.

With this refresh, Tesla has proven once again that it remains a step ahead when it comes to innovation, design, and performance in the electric vehicle sector.

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