Tesla's updated 2024 Model 3 is now available in the US

An updated version of the Tesla Model 3 sedan that was launched in markets across Europe, the Middle East and Europe China Last fall Now available in North America. Reportedly codenamed “Highland” while under development, it offers several notable modifications to Tesla's flagship electric sedan.

On the outside, the distinctive front-end bulge has been removed, with a sleeker hood and lower headlights compared to the old model that Tesla says are “optimized for maximum aerodynamics”, which means greater range. It's also available in two new colours, Stealth Gray and Ultra Red.

New and old Tesla 3 renders (not shown to scale), 2023 on the left in red, and the “Highland” 2024 Model 3 in gray on the right.
Image: Tesla

The new 2024 Model 3 update is now the only version listed for order in the Tesla configurator, and as buyers in other markets have seen, there are only two versions available instead of three: the Longe Range AWD model with dual motors or the cheaper rear-wheel drive version. For now, at least, there's no longer an option to order the previous best-performance model.

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 Long Range advertises an EPA-estimated range of 341 miles, up from its predecessor's 333 miles, while the rear-wheel drive model is still listed at 272 miles.

Both versions have the same starting price as last year's cars, but there's one more change. Specs on Tesla's website list the top speed for both versions of the new 2024 Model 3 at 125 mph, while the rear-wheel drive 2023 model hit 140 mph, the Long Range has risen to 145 mph, and the Performance model can manage up to to 162 mph.

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The upgrades Tesla is touting for the new model are new acoustic glass around an overall quieter cabin, improved ride quality with updated suspension tuning (which may be important), “more advanced” materials for the interior, ventilated seats, customizable ambient lighting, and brighter lighting. A central touchscreen with smaller bezels and better contrast, plus an upgraded audio system with up to 17 speakers.

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