Recent reports from China suggest Tesla may be ready to implement some notable improvements to the Model 3 made by the Shanghai Gigafactory. clears, Model Y’s “Octovalve” and new headlights and taillights, to name a few.
The reports initially made their rounds on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, where they were posted by people who would be familiar with the matter. As shared on Twitter by a Tesla enthusiast @Tesla__Mania, the purported Model 3 enhancements will include a number of Model Y-inspired updates and some pretty cool changes that seem to have been hinted at by Elon Musk himself.
In July, for example, Elon Musk responded to a request from a China-based Model 3 owner requesting an upgrade to the electric tailgate. The owner in question had lost the ability to use his legs, which made it difficult to use the Model 3’s tailgate and manual trunk. In response to the story, Elon Musk stated that Tesla would install an electric tailgate upgrade for free. the owner’s model 3. These, of course, have inspired speculation that the feature will finally be made standard for the Model 3.
Other features mentioned in the entry, such as the use of Model Y’s “Octovalve” and a new frunk, were also hinted at by owners in the West. Just last month, reports surfaced from Model 3 buyers indicating that Tesla has updated the puppet design of the all-electric sedan. Considering that the Model 3’s updated frunk design was very similar to that of the Model Y, speculations have surfaced that Tesla may want to use some of the more notable features of the all-electric crossover – such as its “Octovalve” and heat pump – on the its average size also sedan.
The same goes for the alleged Made in China Model 3 improvements related to the vehicle’s headlights and taillights. Tesla hasn’t officially announced any improvements to these components in the Model 3, but owner reports have indicated that newer vehicles are equipped with brighter and clearer taillights. As for the factory chrome drop option, such speculations don’t seem far-fetched at all as the Model Y already ships without chrome accents.
Perhaps the most interesting parts of the recent rumors from China are the new steering wheel, the “2.0” version of the center console and a double layer of glass for better sound insulation. It appears that these speculated updates have not yet been reported by recent Model 3 owners, although they are in line with Tesla’s tendency to implement consistent improvements to its vehicles over time. Better noise isolation would certainly be a welcome upgrade for the Model 3, as wind noise tends to become noticeable at high speeds. This is partly due to the lack of an internal combustion engine, which usually muffles or overcomes the wind noise in traditional cars.
H / T @Tesla_Mania.