As The Driven reported last week, the updated Model 3 has landed on Australian shores. On Friday we were invited to take it for a test drive.
The new Model 3 sees updates mostly around the interior and exterior of the vehicle, but also sees increases in range. The updated Model 3 includes the introduction of the heat pump HVAC system, previously only seen in the Model Y.
Tesla says this combined with the updated tyres and other improvements to powertrain and software, causes Model 3 to beat its own record as the world’s most efficient mass-production car.
On the exterior, you’ll find updated 18/19″ sport wheels and more efficient tires across the Model 3 range. The ‘Performance’ model comes with new 20” Uberturbine wheels .
The trim updates now mean satin black side repeaters, door handles and brightwork, a shift from the chrome trims seen on the previous version.
Owners of the new Model 3 will also be able to open and close the trunk using a button on the trunk itself, as well as from the display touchscreen in the vehicle on using the Tesla app. A feature you’ll find on most new luxury cars.
Inside you’ll find a redesigned center console with a sliding lid on the front storage compartment, and fixed inductive charging mats for up to two smartphones.
You’ll also find two additional USB-C ports, as well an additional USB-A port in the glove compartment to use for storage devices for Sentry Mode and Dash Cam footage.
Completing the interior updates is a matte black finish which replaces the previous black gloss finish. Satin black sill plates, graphic finish seat controls as well as metalized scroll wheels on the steering wheel.
|Variant||New Range (NEDC)||Old Range (NEDC)||0-100kmph||Top Speed||Price including LCT (excl. on roads)|
|Model 3 Standard Range Plus||490km||460km||5.6 s||225kmph||$66,900|
|Model 3 Long Range||657km||620km||4.4 s||233kmph||$83,201|
|Model 3 Performance||628km||560km||3.3 s||261kmph||$94,901|