We knew the badging on the back of the refreshed Model 3 was changing from the logo to the word Telsa, but we were not expecting a plus sign to appear. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China provided a first look at what is notably called the "Model 3+," a new badge that is gracing this updated series. This is not to be confused with Performance or the rumored Plaid possibilities.
New Badge, New Dimensions
The regulatory filings highlighted that there would be two distinct variants of the car: a rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 194 kW motor and an all-wheel drive (AWD) dual-motor setup that combines to deliver a formidable 331 kW of maximum power. In China's regulatory landscape, every new vehicle model is subject to the MIIT's approval, which sometimes results in early revelations of a vehicle's specifications and images. While this isn't favored by automakers keen on keeping details under wraps until the official launch, it offers car enthusiasts an early glimpse of what to expect.
One of the significant revelations from this regulatory unveiling is the advent of the "Model 3+," a badge that distinguishes one of the two new trims of the vehicle. However, this terminology is not set in stone, as Chinese automakers have a history of altering badges post-MIIT documentation.
Comparative Dimensions: Model 3 vs. Model 3+
Delving deeper into the specifications of this freshly badged variant, the Model 3+ will sport an AWD dual-motor system powered by an NMC battery supplied by LG Energy Solution. The Model 3+ showcases subtle yet notable differences in its dimensions when set alongside the previous Model 3 edition. Its length stretches to 4720 mm, gaining an additional 26 mm over the prior model's 4694 mm. In terms of width, it has slightly contracted to 1848 mm, a slight decrease from the earlier 1850 mm.
A Model 3+ badge is found on Tesla's new Model 3
The car's stature is nearly identical to its predecessor, with a trivial reduction in height to 1442 mm, just 1 mm shorter than before. Despite these changes, the wheelbase remains steadfast at 2875 mm, maintaining the same spacing. Accompanying these alterations are revamped tire options, available in specifications of 235/40/R19 or 235/45 R18, with showcased versions flaunting the choice of Hankook tires.
This refreshed series maintains the core structure while presenting a refined take on the Model 3's traditional design, including the upgraded glove box. As the market awaits its launch, speculated to be in October, the financial specifics for this facelifted version have been released by Tesla China. The Model 3+ will come with a price tag of 295,900 yuan, translating to around 40,600 USD, setting a premium price point for this enhanced variant.
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In an exchange on X, Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering, addressed the concerns regarding the power consumption of Tesla’s Sentry Mode. Responding to a user inquiry, Baglino confirmed the company’s commitment to reducing the feature's energy use by approximately 40% through a software update expected in Q2, which begins on April 1.
Agreed, sentry mode power consumption needs improvement, the team is working to reduce by ~40% in a Q2 software update.
This announcement follows feedback from Tesla owners regarding the 'vampire drain' experienced when using Sentry Mode, highlighting Tesla's responsive approach to customer feedback and its dedication to continuous improvement. Another X user stated that there should be a breakdown or battery usage. This information already exists, but Baglino politely responded: The energy app provides a wealth of information about where your energy goes. He also linked to our Not a Tesla App article explaining that system.
Sentry Mode is an advanced security feature for Tesla vehicles, leveraging the car’s cameras and sensors to monitor and record surroundings for potential threats when parked. Sentry Mode has proven invaluable for vehicle security by activating various deterrents, including pulsing headlights and alarm sounds.
Despite its benefits, the feature’s energy consumption, referred to as “vampire drain,” has been a concern, with estimates suggesting a small yet consistent drain on the vehicle's battery life. By optimizing Sentry Mode's power usage, Tesla enhances the feature's efficiency and extends the usability for owners, particularly when parking for extended periods without access to charging facilities.
Battery Management: Recognizing the importance of battery preservation, Sentry Mode automatically deactivates when the battery level falls to 20%, ensuring that the vehicle remains operational for essential travel.
Activation and Customization: Owners can activate Sentry Mode via the vehicle's touchscreen or mobile app, with options to customize settings, such as disabling sounds or excluding specific locations, tailoring the security feature to individual preferences and requirements.
Tesla's forthcoming software update aims to significantly reduce Sentry Mode's power usage, making it more adaptable for various situations without impacting the car's range or battery longevity. This enhancement aligns with Tesla's commitment to continuous improvement via over-the-air updates, directly responding to customer feedback with practical solutions. Owners looking forward to this change appreciate the balance between maintaining Sentry Mode's security benefits and preserving battery life for everyday needs.
Remember when there was concern that the appeal of a Cybertruck would die down because there would be too many stainless steel beasts on the road? True story. If there was a concern, it appears to have been handled with wraps; not only Tesla’s wraps but more customized wraps are showing up on social media daily.
More Tesla Wraps
Firstly, Tesla has expanded its palette of Cybertruck wrap options, introducing three vibrant new colors. The chic Satin Rose Gold, the deep Satin Abyss Blue, and the sleek Slip Grey are joined in the lineup alongside the classic Satin Stealth Black and Satin Ceramic White. However, several Cybertruck owners are not waiting for Tesla wraps as more unique Cybertruck wraps are showing up on social media.
Priced at $6,000, while the newly introduced Satin Rose Gold and Satin Abyss Blue wraps are slightly pricier at $6,500. This differentiation in pricing reflects the unique appeal and quality of the new wrap colors.
Tesla outlines several key features and advantages of their Cybertruck color paint film, including:
A self-healing, urethane-based film that is significantly more durable and twice as thick as the average vinyl wrap, ensuring superior protection against scratches.
An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional vinyl wraps, covering all exterior stainless-steel surfaces of the Cybertruck, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and resilience.
Customized Wraps are Taking Off
Since Tesla wraps were introduced, the company has been criticized for the price point being far too high, while consumers can go to other wrap companies and get their own customized look. Even the unique wraps spotted on the Cybertruck before the delivery event are unavailable. But that is not stopping consumers.
It was after Investor Day in 2023 that Morgan Stanley's managing director, Adam Jonas, a well-known figure within the investment community and someone who has been dubbed a Tesla Bull. Jonas outlined several reasons why he believed the Cybertruck might not fulfill the grand visions held by Elon Musk and the Tesla team, describing it as potentially becoming a "financial side-show," a marker of cultural zeitgeist, and a niche product for enthusiasts.
Jonas argued that the Cybertruck, with its avant-garde design, might not align with this broader affordability mission. He believed that the unique aspects of Cybertruck would be lost and that "indescribable something," when several were on the street,
Yet, the landscape around the Cybertruck and Tesla's position within it has continued to evolve. Contrary to concerns, the burgeoning market for custom and aftermarket wraps for the Cybertruck tells a different story. This vibrant ecosystem of personalization options highlights the vehicle's position as a mode of transportation and a canvas for individual expression.
The concern that the uniqueness of the Cybertruck could diminish with its popularity overlooks the creative solutions that owners and enthusiasts have embraced. From bespoke wraps that offer myriad designs outside of Tesla's offerings to the DIY spirit that has taken hold among the Cybertruck community, it's clear that individuality remains a cornerstone of the Cybertruck experience.
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The official Tesla app only notifies you if your car is broken into. By installing Sentry Pro on your phone, you will be notified for all Sentry Mode events. Stay connected and avoid potential surprises by receiving notifications. Stop constantly checking the cameras to ensure safety. Check only when necessary, save battery and get peace of mind. Get a 7 day free trial here!