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Tesla Model 3 With New Design for 2023 Spotted

We see a video of a covered up Tesla Model 3 that could be the new design that is being tested for 2023.

Tesla Model 3 With New Design for 2023 Spotted

Tesla has made headlines with a revamp of the Model 3 nicknamed Project Highland. This project aims to revamp the Model 3 and reduce the cost and reduce the number of parts for the popular Tesla vehicle.

There are big changes being made for the Model 3 and these will take place in 2023. Tesla is working on Project Highland and there will be a redesign for the Model 3. Reduction of components and complexity will be a priority and focusing on the features that Tesla customers care about will be a high priority.

This update will take place in all factories that produce the Model 3, namely Fremont, Giga Shanghai, and Giga Texas. There was a covered Model 3 that was spotted in a garage. The only things sticking out were the headlights and charge port. There may be a new camera inside of the front headlight.

This camera in the front headlight would make a lot of sense because Tesla would benefit with the increased visibility in the front of the car. This would address blind spots for FSD and this would be a big improvement over current camera visibility.

If they do indeed do this, Tesla will need to offer a way for existing customers to retrofit their Model 3 vehicles and do it for free.

Revision of Model 3 Production Lines

There is more evidence that supports this may not be the case. In Fremont, Tesla has filed for revisions of the Model 3 production lines. There are applications that are filed for Tesla's General Assembly Model 3 and this will address Model 3 body fitting and light repair operations until May 1, 2023, at a cost of about $20,000.

The second filing will address brake and roll equipment and its supporting electrical and mechanical utilities. This will cost about $75,000. Overall, the expectation is that Tesla will remove this equipment for new and improved manufacturing equipment.

There are likely a lot of learnings from the Model Y and I don't doubt that the visitors from Tesla Giga Shanghai were instrumental in helping Tesla make decisions to improve their manufacturing of the Model 3.

I'm most interested to see if Tesla does indeed put a camera in the front headlight of the Model 3. This would address blind spots, but it would require a retrofit of quite a number of existing vehicles, so it may not be feasible to do.

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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Jim (not verified)    December 12, 2022 - 2:20PM

Wait, what? Since when does a new feature mandate that all old models be updated to match? Sure, it would be nice if Tesla provided the option for existing owners to add a headlight camera (assuming any of this conjecture is accurate), but improving a car model doesn't "require" a retrofit of previous models, let alone a free one. The software uses whatever hardware is available in the car.

Gary Kuiken (not verified)    December 13, 2022 - 12:57PM

The front of Tesla 3 is about a ugly as you can get
It reminds me of an East German car produced after the war. It seems to me you could also propel in it water. It to me is just plain ugly.

Victor Ferrari (not verified)    February 25, 2023 - 11:34AM

The Tesla line is lacking in ascetics. Perhaps the should hire a coach company like Pininfarina, Vignale, Bertoni, Zigato, or Scaglietti Just to mention a few.