Tesla is now selling the revamped version of its Model 3 sedan in the United States, just four months after it debuted in China and Europe.
It’s the first real overhaul of the electric vehicle that brought Tesla to a true mass market. And it comes at a time when the company has been aggressive with its pricing strategy, as it spent much of 2023 offering discounts both here and abroad to beat back competition and keep up with its own growth targets.
The big changes in the new-look Model 3 are mostly on the inside. There’s a small ambient light bar that wraps around the cabin, a new touchscreen display and another one for rear-seat passengers, better sound dampening, and upgraded materials. Tesla has also removed the stalks from the steering column, meaning — like its other refreshed models — the gear selection now happens automatically, or on the touchscreen. The outside of the sedan features new headlights and taillights, and a less-bulbous front nose.
The upgraded Model 3 comes in two variants. The rear-wheel drive version starts at $38,990, and Tesla claims it offers the same range of roughly 272 miles as its predecessor. The Long Range version starts at $45,990 and can travel around 341 miles — up from the claimed 333 mile range of the previous Long Range Model 3.
Tesla seems to have found success with the refreshed Model 3 overseas, especially in China, as it notched its best quarter ever to round out 2023 in large part thanks to sales in the country. With the rollout finally coming stateside, Tesla has now revamped three of its four core models, after it started selling new versions of its Model S and Model X in 2021.
Tesla has launched the revamped version of its Model 3 sedan in the United States, following its debut in China and Europe four months ago. This update is the first major overhaul of the Model 3, which helped Tesla enter the mass market. The new model features significant changes on the inside, including a small ambient light bar, a new touchscreen display for rear-seat passengers, improved sound dampening, and upgraded materials. Tesla has also removed the stalks from the steering column, allowing gear selection to be done automatically or on the touchscreen. On the outside, the sedan has new headlights and taillights, as well as a less-bulbous front nose. The upgraded Model 3 is available in two variants, with the rear-wheel drive version starting at $38,990 and the Long Range version starting at $45,990. Tesla has seen success with the refreshed Model 3 in China, contributing to its best quarter ever in 2023. With the US release, Tesla has now updated three out of its four core models.