A Reddit user has shared an image of what appears to be the redesigned Tesla Model 3, taken at a hangar in Florida. The image reveals significant changes in the exterior and interior of the electric car.
The leaked image shows a new headlight design and the removal of the lower fog light area, which suggests that the refreshed Model 3 will have a sleeker front end. The image also shows an instrument cluster located ahead of the driver, likely to include information about the Autopilot driver assist system, speedometer, and power meter.
Sources suggest that the new project, codenamed Project Highland, will feature updates to both the exterior and interior of the popular electric sedan.
According to Not A Tesla App, the updated Model 3 is set to commence production in the third quarter of 2023. The refreshed Model 3 will be distinguishable by the redesigned headlights that may be equipped with matrix LED technology. The current Model 3 and Model Y vehicles already have matrix LED headlight technology, but it’s not enabled through software.
The new model will also upgrade from the Hardware 3 supercomputer to Hardware 4, and no ultrasonic sensors will be available as Tesla pushes its Tesla Vision system, which relies on a camera instead of radar or sensors.
While Tesla has previously stated that it wouldn’t go down the path of traditional ‘facelifts,’ the refreshed Model 3 suggests that the company is changing its approach to keep its vehicles feeling fresh.
The redesigned Tesla Model 3 with its new headlight design, removal of the lower fog light area, and the instrument cluster ahead of the driver indicates that Tesla is continually improving its technology and design to remain competitive in the EV market.