Tesla’s test engineers have been taking a break from driving the soon-to-be-updated Model 3 on public highways. A camouflaged car was spotted once again testing on public streets, revealing various details.
2025 Tesla Model 3 Review
Tesla’s design is aging, while Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Polestar are releasing more modern EVs, with some breaking new ground. Look at Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 or Volkswagen’s Id.7. Or Nio’s E.T5. Or BYD Seal. All have their unique feel and proportions. Mercedes, Audi Lexus, Infiniti, and other brands are also expected to enter the segment and add new flavors. Facelifts and regular updates for Tesla would be proactive measures in response to the increasing competition from around the globe.
According to reports and spy media, the 2025 Tesla Model 3 is expected to have significant changes inside. YouTube posted a spy video of test mules on May 12, 2023. The footage revealed new steering. The new steering is also a three-spoke wheel, like the previous model, but looks more sleek and elegant. The steering wheel looks like it was inspired by that of the Tesla Semi.
According to Not A Tesla App, Tesla will redesign its dashboard in the next update. The company plans to stop using wood trim and replace it with Alcantara. Chris Zheng, a Twitter user, said that in a tweet on February 15, 2023, the company planned to stop using wood décor panels on the dashboard with the refresh.
Zheng is known for sharing Tesla’s insider information and he has a track record of being right. The wood-style finishes don’t go well with the all-black interior and sporty nature of the Performance variant. So, the removal of the wood trim may be welcomed by some customers. Zheng stated that ABS-bonded non-woven foam fabric will cover the interior.
Teslascope’s sources claim that the 2025 Model 3 is expected to feature new seats. Recently, a video on the internet showed a driver’s side seat with perforations and a Tesla fan underneath. According to rumor, this is the ventilated seating for the new Model 3 Ambient lighting is another feature to be included in the Model 3 Highland. There’s also talk of a new sound system.
Reuters claims that there will be some changes to the powertrain in the 2025 Tesla Model 3. In the U.S., there are three different versions of the Model 3: Standard Range RWD (rear-wheel drive), Long Range AWD (all-wheel drive), and Performance AWD. They have 0-60 mph acceleration times of 5.8 seconds, 4.2 seconds, and 3.1 seconds, and top speeds of 140 mph, 145 mph, and 162mph, respectively. The EPA estimates their range to be between 267 – 272 miles, 334 – 358 miles, and 315 miles. Their EPA-est.
Tesla may be aiming for a maximum EPA est. The 2025 Model 3 Long Range AWD will have a range of up to 375 miles. The company has halted new orders for the Model 3 Long Range AWD, saying that it will reopen its books in 2023.
2025 Tesla Model 3 Release Date & Price
Bloomberg reported on June 1, 2023, that Musk visited Gigafactory Shanghai in May 2023 and saw prototypes for the Tesla Model 3 2024 there. The report says that the trial production of the updated model has not yet begun and that its public unveiling is still some time off. The report suggests that the official unveiling could happen in Q3 of 2023 (July to September 2023).
The production of the Model 3 has been stopped at Gigafactory Shanghai (via YouTube). It is believed that the Chinese factory will be preparing for the production of Model 3. Tesla China has denied that the rumor about the production of a facelifted Model 3 starting in June 2023 is true. Tesla China has also denied rumors in the past that later proved to be true. The Model Y is still being produced at Gigafactory Shanghai.
The Fremont Factory is expected to start manufacturing the Tesla Model 3 2024 this summer. The new Tesla Model 3 could be delivered in the U.S. as early as August or September 2023. Teslarati reported that Tesla has been preparing the Fremont Factory for the new Model 3 Production with the codename “Project Highland” since mid-2021.
The company has demolished the assembly line of the Model 3 that was formerly known as ‘Hang On Lines’. It is now installing the manufacturing equipment needed for the new Model 3 The American plant is currently preparing for production, but testing continues. Prototypes will be seen on Californian roads in January 2023.
Tesla could price the Model 3 at a similar level to that of the current car, with a starting price of around USD 41,000. The Model 3 starts at USD 40.240. In 2021 and 2020, the company increased the prices of its cars. Now it is trying to counteract that with price rollbacks. Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder, said at the annual shareholder meeting on May 16, 2023, that the Model 3’s ownership costs – USD 0,49/mi — are now comparable to those of a Toyota Corolla ($ 0.46/mi).