2021 Tesla Model 3 Gets Updates to Range, Features
Even though the Tesla Model 3 has only been with us for a few model years, it’s still a work in progress on the quality control front. But for 2021, the smallest and cheapest Tesla you can buy is getting a slew of updates. Tesla has quietly updated its mainstream site with some of the improvements listed here, but the interior changes were sent to us by someone who works at a Tesla store.
The most noticeable changes are to the car’s lineup, and these were featured in updates to Tesla’s website. In 2020, the base Model 3 had a range of 250 miles and a range of 322 miles, while performance-equipped cars were able to cover 299 miles on a single charge. For 2021, the base Model 3 now has a range of 263 miles, Performance models can travel 315 miles, and long-range cars see a major bump at 353 miles.
0 to 100 km / h times have also been cut, according to Tesla. Long-range cars will now cover the 0-100 km / h run in 4.2 seconds, or 3.7 seconds with the optional boost, up from 4.4 and 3.9 seconds, respectively. Performance models take a tenth of their 0-60 time, covering distance in 3.1 seconds instead of 3.2. It is not known if these improvements will be made available to owners of the 2020 Model 3 via software updates.
Other changes include a motorized trunk, an optional new 19-inch wheel set, and a new black exterior trim replacing the previous shiny chrome (mimicking the movement Tesla made with the Model Y). There’s also a new center console design that includes fixed charging mats for smartphones that support wireless charging, blackened door sills to match the new black exterior accents and, significantly, the HVAC system from heat pump introduced on the Model Y. five USB ports, after Tesla added one to the glovebox.
There are also range enhancements for other members of the Tesla range. For 2021, the Model S Performance gets additional range, dropping from 348 miles to 387. The Model X Long Range Plus goes from 351 miles of total range to 371 miles, and its little brother, the Model Y Long Range, goes from 316. miles range at 326 miles. Model Y Performance models equipped with 21-inch wheels see a range of 291 to 303 miles.
All in all, some pretty significant improvements to the Tesla lineup for 2021, an attempt to improve their competitiveness as the brand faces increasingly stiff competition from other OEMs entering the game EV.