2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland: The luxury electric sedan gets updated looks and features

2024 Tesla Model 3. Photo: Tesla
2024 Tesla Model 3. Photo: Tesla

The refreshed 2024 Tesla Model 3 has been official in Nepal. Arete International, the official dealer of Tesla in Nepal, made the electric sedan official. The new refreshed model, also termed Highland, was unveiled in Europe and later made available in the North American market before making its way to Nepal.

The new Model 3 boasts updated looks and performance features. The Standard Range with Real Wheel Drive option is exclusively available in Nepal, while another model offers the Long Range with All-Wheel Drive and Dual Motor option. These options vary in battery capacity, range, motor power, torque, and drive type, all of which are performance-related components. However, both options share the same design, dimensions, interior features, and safety features.

The Model 3’s last update was back in 2019. With the significant updates it has got, the 2024 refresh will compete against the recently released BYD Seal. Both the electric sedans are going head to head in the electric sedan competition. While many prefer Tesla, BYD is also not backing up with the luxurious sedan Seal.

With the electric market making great progress in Nepal, Tesla has also been doing good in terms of numbers. India, one of the fast-moving and advancing in the EV market, still hasn’t seen Tesla due to a lot of complications regarding tax and import regulations. Rumours have also stated that Tesla is making a budget-friendly EV for the Indian market under the $24,000 mark after other rumours of Tesla setting up factories in India. If the rumours come true, Nepal might also see a Tesla in the mid-range price.

Let us see what the 2024 refresh delivers in terms of specs.

Specifications of 2024 Tesla Model 3

Dimensions Length: 4,720 mm
Width: 2089 mm
Height: 1,440 mm
Weight 1,765 kg
Wheelbase 2,875 mm
Ground Clearance 138 mm
Boot Space 88 litres – Frunk
594 litres – Trunk
Motor type AC permanent magnet synchronous motor
Acceleration 0-100 km/h – 5.8 seconds
Drive Type Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission type Single speed fixed gear
Battery 57.5 kW
Charging 11 kW AC
170 kW DC (Max)
Range 550 Km (WLTP)
Brakes Front: Four-piston fixed/320 mm/disc
Rear: Integrated Electronic Parking Brake Sliding/335 mm/disc
Suspension Front: Independent, double wishbone, coil spring/telescopic damper, sway bar
Rear: Independent, multi-link, coil spring/telescopic damper
Tyres Front and Rear: 235/45R18
Seats 5
Colours Stealth Grey | Pearl White | Deep Blue Metallic | Solid Black | Ultra Red
Price Rs 13,500,000

Design

The major difference from the previous generation Model 3 is the design, both exterior and interior. The new design has been loved by many.

Exterior

The major difference can be seen in the front with the new angular headlights. The bean-shaped headlights in the older Model 3 are now sleek which gives a pointer face. Along with the headlights, the aerodynamics part on the hood is also increased with the sleek lines. The drag coefficient now stands at just 0.219 which increases the range and performance. The LED headlights and the DRLs have a much better throw. The fog lamps in the older version have now been removed.

2024 Tesla Model 3 headlight. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

On the side, the new model gets the Nova 18-inch alloy wheels which look cool. From the side, much hasn’t changed. The door handles are the same which pops out when unlocked. The side cameras are in the same place with better quality and fidelity.

2024 Tesla Model 3 side view. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

The rear of the Model 3 also gets the new LED taillights which are also angular. The taillights are now one single piece which are attached to the boot. When the boot opens, the taillights also go up along with the tailgate. On the back, there is no Tesla logo, but Tesla is written in bold letters.

2024 Tesla Model 3 rear view. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

Interior

The interior of the 2024 Tesla Model 3 is much more quieter with the new seal. The door also has hinges below to seal the doors shut completely. The interior has a luxurious feel to it with Alcantara materials all over the dash and door areas. There is an LED light strip running across one side of the door to the front and to the door again in the front. The lighting can be changed with a lot of colour options available.

2024 Tesla Model 3 interior. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

One major difference in the 2024 Model 3 is the steering wheel section. The new steering wheel is not completely round. The major difference is the removal of the gear stalks and the indicator stalks. The indicators are now mounted on the steering wheel as buttons. The gear is shifted to the infotainment system. The right side of the steering wheel consists of the windshield wipers and the voice command button whereas the left side includes the high beam, media and volume button along with the indicator button.

Photo: Tesla

The centre includes the larger 15.4-inch infotainment system. The right side of the infotainment system includes the gear shift controls. To drive the car, you need to press the brake and slide the icon forward whereas slide it opposite to reverse. In case, the infotainment system doesn’t work, the P R N D buttons are just above the mirror. Like always Tesla does not have an instrument cluster, instead, the speed can be seen on the right side of the infotainment system. However, the infotainment system on Tesla is one of the most advanced and responsive ones. Even though there is no support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the functions work really well.

2024 Tesla Model 3 infotainment system. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

The middle of the electric sedan includes space for the wireless charger and the Key Fob. There are also two cupholders and sliding storage space.

2024 Tesla Model 3 wireless charging. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

As for the seats, the 2024 Tesla Model 3 has comfortable seats at the front which are heated and ventilated. The headrests are soft which can be helpful during longer journeys. On the back, there is space for 3 people with a new feature added which is the 8-inch touchscreen.

2024 Tesla Model 3 rear touch screen. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

The screen is able to control the AC for the rear seats and also has media entertainment features. The rear seats are heated but not ventilated.

2024 Tesla Model 3 glass roof. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

There is also a large glass roof like the other premium models from Tesla, however, the glass roof is not one single piece and has a beam in the middle which helps in the structural rigidity. Boot space on the Model 3 is increased with 594 litres on the trunk and 88 litres on the frunk for a total of 682 litres of boot space.

Performance

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 features a powerful AC permanent magnet synchronous motor, providing quick acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. Its Rear-Wheel Drive ensures dynamic handling. With a single-speed fixed-gear transmission, driving is smooth and straightforward. The 57.5 kW battery offers ample power. Charging the electric sedan is convenient with options for 11 kW AC or a maximum of 170 kW DC. Its impressive range spans up to 550 km according to WLTP standards. The real-world range can be expected around the 500 km mark.

2024 Tesla Model home charging. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

The braking system consists of four-piston fixed front brakes and integrated electronic parking brake sliding rear brakes, providing reliable stopping power. The suspension setup includes independent double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear suspension, offering a comfortable ride. It is equipped with 235/45R18 tyres both front and rear, the Model 3 ensures solid traction and stability on the road.

2024 Tesla Model wheels. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

Safety and Features

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 comes packed with safety features to keep you secure on the road. It’s built with strong steel to shield you in a crash and has airbags and seatbelts that tighten up if there’s an accident. Plus, it has smart tech like automatic braking, lane warnings, and cruise control that adjusts to traffic. Features like blind-spot alerts, parking assistance, and systems watch for safer driving. It has extras like a security system, traction control for slippery roads, and better headlights for night driving.

The features of the 2024 Tesla Model 3 are as follows;

  • Sleek modern design
  • All-around LED setup
  • Drag Coefficient of 0.219
  • 550 km range (WLTP)
  • Rear Wheel Drive
  • 0-100 km/h – 5.8 seconds
  • 682 litres total boot space
  • Heated and Ventilated Seats
  • 15.4-inch infotainment system and 8-inch rear touchscreen
  • 360-degree safety
  • Glass roof
  • LED lighting

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is available in 5 colour options; Stealth Grey, Pearl White, Deep Blue Metallic, Solid Black and Ultra Red.

2024 Tesla Model. Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

The official price of the available option of the 2024 Tesla Model 3 in Nepal is Rs 13,500,000.

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