Tesla has revealed its upgraded Model 3 electric vehicle which includes an updated design and a range of new features inside and out.
Australian customers can configure the new Model 3 on the Tesla website with delivery expected between January and March 2024.
The most obvious change is the look of the vehicle which has a sleek and more aerodynamic look to help reduce drag and noise and increase range.
It has new wing-shaped headlights with integrated fog lamps to improve safety while driving at night.
The new Tesla Model 3 sports a new taillight which is designed in one piece and integrated into the boot.
And there are also two new paint options in Australia and New Zealand – Ultra Red and Stealth Grey.
There are numerous changes in the interior including a redesigned centre console to offer more space for the driver and passengers.
EVs are already quiet but the Model 3 will offer an even quieter ride courtesy of the 360-degree acoustic glass technology.
Noise will also be reduced with increased suspension bushings, improved seals and the addition of sound dampening materials.
The new Model 3 interior now incorporates ambient lighting which is customizable from over 200 different colour combinations to offer yet another level of personalization.
Rear passengers will have access to an 8-inch touch screen so they can control air conditioning and entertainment from their rear seats.
Up front the 15-inch touch screen has also been improved with increased brightness and faster responsiveness along with a customizable user interface that will be improved constantly thanks to Tesla’s regular over the air updates.
The new Model 3 has taken a leaf out of the Model S Plaid’s (not available in Australia) book by eliminating stalks and the drive selector and replacing them with on-wheel and touchscreen controls.
Smart shift, first seen in the Model S plaid, can automatically select the correct driving direction for you instead of manually choosing it yourself.
On the safety side, the new Tesla Model 3 has energy absorbing side sills, a fortified battery pack mounted low in the vehicle to eliminate rollover risks as well as a super strong metal body structure that can withstand tremendous weight far beyond the actual weight of the car.
Drivers will enjoy new comfort and driving quality thanks to next-generation vehicle stability, improved power distribution and Tesla’s impressive traction control.
There are also upgraded wheel configurations in 18 inch and 19 inch options.
The new Tesla Model 3 starts at $61,900 plus on road costs. It offers up to 513km range.
The new Model 3 Long Range model starts at $71,990 plus on-road costs and offers up to $629km of range.