The cheapest Tesla currently on sale in Australia has been updated for the first time since it was released back in 2017. Featuring more range, a new rear touchscreen for passengers, a quieter cabin with 360˚ acoustic glass technology, and plenty of RBG ambient lighting on the interior, the new Tesla Model 3 is ready for any challenges the electric vehicle market has in store.
While we’re usually here to tell you about the increased power, technical changes made to the suspension, and innovations in aerodynamics with our new car announcements, the new Tesla Model 3 keeps things relatively simple with the model update. You’ll find information on all the changes in the table of contents below.
Table of contents
Pricing – New Tesla Model 3
Here’s how much the new Tesla Model 3 will cost in Australia:
- Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive – from AU$61,900 plus on-road costs
- Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range – from AU$71,900 plus on-road costs
Pre-orders for the new Tesla are open now at tesla.com with deliveries set to begin between January and March 2024. There’s no mention of the range-topping Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Performance model in press material, however, there’s no mention of it being removed from the line-up so it could return at a later date.
Interior Changes – New Tesla Model 3
Here’s what’s different on the inside of the 2024 Tesla Model 3:
- New materials are used throughout the cabin with front seats now heated and cooled and have been trimmed in synthetic leather upholstery.
- Long Range models will be fitted with 17 speakers (up from 14) with the addition of 2 subwoofers and 2 amplifiers. The base model RWD has 9 speakers and 1 amplifier.
- Ambient lighting with more than 200 colours to choose from.
- A rear 8-inch touchscreen for rear passenger climate control and entertainment access.
- An improved front 15-inch touchscreen (same size as before) with increased brightness and responsiveness. The customisable user interface will receive continued updates thanks to Tesla’s over-the-air update system.
- A revised steering wheel that removes the drive selector stalks behind it and puts drive selection buttons on the screen. This combines with Autopilot-based Smart Shift to automatically select the correct driving direction to start your trip.
- A quieter cabin with 360˚ acoustic glass technology that offers a 30 per cent reduction in wind noise, 25 per cent reduction in suspension noise, and 20 per cent reduction in road noise.
Exterior Changes – New Tesla Model 3
Here’s what’s different on the exterior of the 2024 Tesla Model 3:
- Optimized aerodynamics that Tesla says will “reduce drag, improve wind noise, and increase range.”
- New headlights inspired by the Tesla Roadster concept with integrated fog lamps, and one-piece taillights integrated into the liftgate.
- Ultra-Red and Sealth Grey paint options have been added to the Australia line-up.
- Upgraded wheel styles in 18-inch and 19-inch to “reduce drag.”
Performance – New Tesla Model 3
Here’s what’s changed in terms of performance on the 2024 Tesla Model 3:
- Next-generation vehicle stability and traction control systems.
Tesla doesn’t indicate power figures and battery capacities, but they do quote acceleration and range figures with the latter receiving a significant increase thanks to a reduction in the drag coefficient from 0.23Cd to 0.219Cd. Every efficiency is reported to be around 13.2kWh/100km.
|Model||Range WLTP||Acceleration 0-100km/h||Top Speed|
|Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive||513km||6.1 seconds||201km/h|
|Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range||629km||4.4 seconds||201km/h|
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