After rumors had circulated for months, Tesla has finally given us our first look at a refreshed Model 3.
This new sedan offers a number of improvements over the outgoing model, including a Tesla-estimated 423 miles of range for the long range version, and 346 miles for the standard range. We'll have to wait for the EPA's official ratings, but it's clear this is a big improvement in efficiency and has very few peers at the price point.
Some of that efficiency comes from revised styling. This new Model 3 sees a fresh front end, with slimmer headlights and simplified lines. At the rear, taillights give a more angular look, more integrated with the body work. Different wheel and tire options plus two updated colors round out the exterior changes.
On the inside, there are more dramatic improvements starting with what you can't see - Tesla says this cabin is 30% quieter than before, reducing road and ambient noise. This interior also features new ambient lighting, ventilated (and heated) seats, a revised steering wheel (doing away with stalks for the wipers and drive modes), a new touchscreen for backseat passengers to control climate and media, and technology improvements that include a more responsive and brighter infotainment screen, improved bluetooth + wifi, upgraded ventilation system and expanded stereo.
This car's suspension has also been revised to be more compliant over road imperfections.
All in all, this is a very meaningful upgrade for the Model 3 that should address some key criticisms of the outgoing car. Pricing and availability is TBD, but we'll update this article when there's news.
Meanwhile, Tesla has slashed prices on Models S and X. Previously the cheapest Model S was a standard range model at $78,490. Today, that model was removed but prices on the higher trim long range model were slashed to $74,990 before tax incentive. That means you're now getting 75 extra miles of range for $4,000 less. The Model X saw a similar drop, and is now available starting at $79,990 for a dual motor long range version.
In addition to dropping prices on Models S and X, Tesla has also dropped the price of their FSD "full-self driving" product from $15,000 to $12,000 on all models.