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2021 Tesla Model 3

How the new 2021 Tesla Model 3 compares to its predecessor

Tesla's updated Model 3 has more range, new wheels and increased performance

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Tesla has quietly rolled out an updated version of its Model 3 electric car, with increased range and small design changes to the wheels and interior.

Carrying the same prices as the previous iteration, the new 2021 version of the Model 3 now features in Tesla's online configurator and can be ordered right away.

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Here is a quick guide to what has changed, and what's new with the 2021 Model 3 compared to the previous version.

2021 Tesla Model 3 vs Previous Model 3: Range and performance

The size of the Model 3's battery pack has not changed, but the new car has slightly more range than its predecessor, and quicker acceleration too.

As before, there are still three versions of Model 3 to pick from, called the Standard Range Plus, the Long Range, and the Performance. Tesla's claimed range for the Model 3 Standard has increased from 250 to 263 miles.

The 2021 Model 3 Long Range has a range of 353 miles, up from 322, and the Performance version has a range of 315 miles, up from 299.

It should be added that the updated range figures are EPA estimates for now, and may change once the EPA's official test figures are published.

As for acceleration, both the Long Range and Performance variants have seen improvements for the 2021 model year. The former's 0-60 mph time has fallen from 4.4 seconds to 4.2, and the Performance now hits 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, down slightly from 3.2.

2021 Tesla Model 3Range has been increased to a maximum of 353 milesTesla

2021 Tesla Model 3 vs Previous Model 3: Exterior changes

The overall design of the Model 3 remains unchanged for the 2021 upgrade, but some changes have been made to the wheel choices. The original 18-inch Aero wheels now have a new design, and a new 19-inch Sport Wheel option is offered with the Standard and Long Range vehicles.

The 2021 Model 3 Performance also gets new wheels, in the form of the 20-inch Uberturbine wheels.

A powered rear trunk is now standard on all versions of Model 3, which is a welcome addition that has always been lacking on Tesla's cheapest car, and the windows now feature double-paned glass to help reduce wind and road noise.

Finally for the exterior, the Model 3 has undergone the same chrome-delete procedure as the Model Y, meaning all items that were previously chrome (including the door handles and Autopilot camera housings) are now black.

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2021 Tesla Model 3 vs Previous Model 3: Interior changes

There have been a few small updates to the Model 3 interior for 2021. These include the deletion of the piano black color option for the center console; we think this is a good move, as the high-gloss plastic lacked the quality feel of Tesla's rivals, and scratched easily.

New additions to the interior include silver accents outlining the flip-up stowage area of the center console, and to the steering wheel. The 2021 Model 3 has an auto-dimming central mirror, which the previous iteration missed out on.

These are all the changes we know about for now, but Electrek claims there are further changes "under the hood" that will hopefully become clear once the 2021 Model 3 starts to roll off the production line.

2021 Tesla Model 3 vs Previous Model 3: Price

The price of all versions of the Tesla Model 3 remains unchanged for the 2021 model year. Unlike the Model S, which this week saw a price cut to $69,420, the Model 3 prices remain as follows (all are before incentives and other saving).

  • Model 3 Standard Long Range – $39,490
  • Model 3 Long Range – $48,490
  • Model 3 Performance – $54,990
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