Tesla's affordable Model 3 sedan is getting a few tweaks to keep it fresh.
Tesla is giving its affordable Model 3 sedan a few in-car upgrades to keep its cabin up-to-date with the new Tesla Model Y, it seems, with new features cropping up in a recent China-built sedan on display in the country. The fresh gizmos were highlighted in a recent tweet by user Jay in Shanghai, and it's pretty safe to assume that they'll appear in the US-built Model 3, too, whenever Tesla is able to restart production at its Fremont assembly plant.
The changes aren't extensive, consisting of the addition of three new USB-C ports for recharging modern smart devices and a wireless phone charging pad.
That charging pad was previously available only from the aftermarket, while those hoping for the USB-C ports were more or less out of luck without purchasing special adapters.
Tesla's move to update the Model 3 in order to offer similar amenities to those in the Model Y crossover makes a lot of sense, given that the two vehicles sit at similar price points and share a platform. Plus, Tesla was forced to pause production anyway, just as it was starting to crank out the new Model Y, leaving the automaker time to roll out the updates without having to interrupt production.
It's conceivable that we could see still more features make their way from the Model Y to the Model 3. In particular, we're eyeing the Y's heat pump system - a first for Tesla - which uses the air-conditioning system to assist in heating the cabin during colder months and reduce the burden on the battery pack. That should equate to greater heating efficiency and a decreased reduction in cold-weather driving range.
The Tesla Model 3 has been a smash hit for the California-based EV manufacturer, which last year reported record sales to the tune of about 367,000 units worldwide, buoyed mostly by the 3. With its comparatively low starting price, the Model Y crossover could be a similar boon for the automaker's sales.