After several months of leaks and rumors, at the end of August, Tesla finally took the wraps off the refreshed Project Highland Model 3. Despite the already overwhelming anticipation, Tesla did not disappoint as the vehicle delivered on most of the promises and the leaks leading up to the unveiling.
The refreshed Model 3 came with major improvements, including an updated, sleeker front facia, a new single-piece headlight and rear light design, and a better opening frunk and trunk.
The vehicle also saw major improvements in the noise, vibration, and harshness front, getting a completely redesigned softer suspension, new double pane glass on the back windows to decrease road noise, and more premium and sound-absorbing interior liners to again decrease cabin noise.
In the tech and features front, the refreshed Model 3 saw the addition of an 8-inch second display for rear passengers, a new air ventilation 2.0 system that allows split airflow between the driver and the passenger, new ambient interior lighting, ventilated seats, and many more improvements.
Tesla representatives have said that 50 percent of the components of the refreshed Model 3 have been updated. Although two significant components of the vehicle have not changed – the battery and powertrain, the vehicle nonetheless gets better range thanks to a more aerodynamic design.
Another change that did not take place as early Project Highland rumors suggested was the addition of a giga casting. The addition of front and rear Giga castings in the Model Y has enabled Tesla to decrease the unique parts making up the chassis of the vehicle from 170 to 2.
Despite these two anticipated major chassis, battery, and powertrain improvements not taking place, the refreshed Model 3 nonetheless has received cheering reviews by car journalists who have thus far been able to test drive the new vehicle.
All the improvements and raving reviews have made anticipation for the refreshed Model 3 high. Last month, we reported that Model 3+ deliveries were imminent as truckloads of refreshed Model 3s were spotted being transported in China and loading up onto ships headed to Europe.
And today, the wait appears to have finally come to an end as Tesla delivered the first Model 3+ in Europe.
The information comes via Teslarati which first spotted an X post from an X user who shared a picture of the first Model 3 before it was delivered to a customer on Saturday.
The X user, in addition to sharing a picture of the first customer deliverable refreshed Model 3, wrote “Today first deliveries of the Tesla Model3 Highland in Bielefeld Germany.”
In the picture above, you can see a stealth gray Model 3 with aero wheels charging at a Tesla showroom in Bielefeld Germany. This is the first known refreshed Model 3+ delivery in the world.
The X account did not share any more details about the delivery and we do not have information regarding the lucky first owner. However, with truckloads of refreshed Model 3s starting to appear in several countries in Europe and China, it shouldn’t be long before the new Model 3 hits the streets in droves.
At least that will be the case for anyone outside North America. According to insider leaks, Tesla does not plan to introduce the refreshed Model 3 in North America until next year. This suggests Tesla plans to carry on the current Model 3 production for several months in its Fremont, California plant.
For anyone outside of North America, meaning, anyone who gets their vehicles from Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory, refreshed Model 3 deliveries appear to have begun in earnest and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more refreshed Model 3s hit the streets.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see the first Model 3+ deliveries in Europe? Do you think this will negatively affect Model 3 sales in North America? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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