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Tesla launches the refreshed 2021 Tesla Model 3 with range boost


Tesla has officially unraveled the mystery of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 refresh. The car which was spotted with the new exterior and interior design changes at the automaker’s Fremont factory last week is now available to order.

Looks like chrome trim is slowly fading away from the Tesla vehicle lineup since the black trim right out of the factory on the Model Y was well received by the customers.

Tesla has also introduced a new center console design for Model 3 which has been a polarizing element in the Tesla community, a hot topic of debate on its dope or nope status.

2021 Tesla Model 3 interior. Source: Tesla (TSLA).
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Range Boost

2021 Tesla Model 3 with 353 miles of extended range. Source: Tesla (TSLA) online car configurator.

The new 2021 Tesla Model 3 not only comes with the cosmetic changes but all of the variants get a range boost as well, the list is as follows:

  • Model 3 Standard Range Plus: 263 miles up from 250 miles (+13 miles)
  • Model 3 Long Range AWD: 353 miles up from 323 miles (+30 miles)
  • Model 3 Performance: 315 miles up from 299 mils (+16 miles)

Tesla Model 3 Long Range is the winner here with the best +30 mile gain in range boost. Interestingly, with all this range gain, Tesla did not increase the price of the vehicle at all.

New Tesla Model 3 Wheels

Tesla has also refreshed all 3 wheel options for the 2021 Tesla Model 3. The design of the 18″ Aero wheels has changed slightly while the 19″ Sport wheels keeping the same V-spoke design has been flattened a bit.

However, the 20″ Performance wheels option is totally changed, the Überturbine Wheels from the Model Y Performance are carried over to the Model 3 Performance.

New 18″ Aero Wheels for the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus and Long Range AWD. Source: Tesla (TSLA).
New and optional 19″ Sport Wheels for the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus and Long Range AWD. Source: Tesla (TSLA).
20’’ Überturbine Wheels for the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance. Source: Tesla (TSLA).

Everyone thought that the North American customers will have to wait a little longer for these changes to the Tesla Model 3 but it happened sooner than expected.

Californians will be able to get these newly updated Model 3s first in accordance with the Tesla tradition, the rest will have to wait up to 9 weeks.

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii