Tesla Model 3 facelift spotted testing in US, no more ultrasonic sensors?
Shaun · Aug 2, 2023 05:22 PM
The Tesla Model 3 facelift, known internally as Project Highland, was recently spotted doing its rounds in California, US. While Tesla has kept quiet on details of the Model 3 facelift, fans have been speculating the changes based on spy images.
Photographer Colin W. has taken to Twitter to share high-resolution shots of a black prototype seen in Palo Alto, California. Although the front and rear sections of the vehicle remain cloaked in camouflage, the side profile offers some interesting developments.
Keen-eyed observers have noted subtle but intriguing changes, such as a slightly elongated front overhang and a new crease flowing from the side camera housing to the front door panel.
They have also noted a possible new camera placement near the front bumper, reminiscent of the setup found on Tesla's Cybertruck. If their hunch proves right, the facelifted Model 3 might boast Tesla Vision, the camera-based Autopilot system, which does away with ultrasonic sensors.
Prior leaked images also revealed sleeker headlights, a more pronounced front bumper, and redesigned wheels. The rear bumper and taillamps appear to have undergone a redesign, plus a new diffuser at the rear.
While the timeline for the refreshed Model 3 remains undisclosed, there are speculations that retooling for the updated Model 3 production lines is underway at Tesla’s Fremont plant. Right now, it’s a case of wait-and-see.
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