Steady enchancment is the secret at Tesla, so the looks of a brand new and improved model of Mannequin 3 is welcome information, however no nice shock. After days of rumors and sneak peeks, Tesla has formally added the refreshed Mannequin 3 to its on-line configurator.
The brand new model contains a number of improvements that Tesla first launched on Mannequin Y, in addition to (after all) extra vary and extra acceleration.
As we reported in our recent cover story on Model Y, the crossover encompasses a new thermal administration gadget referred to as the Octovalve, a warmth pump system that’s much more environment friendly than the resistive heating system utilized in earlier Tesla fashions. That is now included on the refreshed Mannequin 3 makes use of the brand new system, and it’s not unreasonable to invest that it might have enabled a part of the rise in vary. A supply advised Electrek that the vary enhance was enabled by a brand new “effectivity bundle.”
It’s a good vary ramp-up: between 13 and 30 miles, relying on the variant. The Normal Vary Plus now will get 263 miles, the Lengthy Vary achieves 353 miles, and the Efficiency reaches 315 miles.
A few different useful options have additionally appeared: a motorized trunk hatch (first seen on Mannequin Y), a brand new middle console, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming mirror. There are additionally a number of new wheel choices and numerous aesthetic modifications.
And now for probably the most helpful enchancment of all: sooner acceleration throughout the board. The Efficiency mannequin will now get you to 60 mph a full tenth of a second faster!