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Tesla rolls out new features for Model 3 and increases range of all its cars

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Tesla has rolled out a raft of upgrades to its model range, including new convenience, tech and performance features and even three new games for occupants to play.

The Model 3 – which was December 2020’s best-selling new car – now gets a heat pump pinched from the forthcoming (to the UK) Model Y SUV to improve cold weather efficiency, and a new centre console with two wireless charging pads, two new USB-C ports and a new sliding lid.

Other interior updates see the use of matt black materials for sill plates and steering wheel scroll wheels, and sun-visors that snap into place.


On the outside, 2021 Model 3s get a matt black metal door handles and window trim replacing the chrome used before, and a new 20-inch alloy wheel option called ‘Uberturbine’, reserved for the Performance model. There’s also a powered boot-lid that can be opened through the Tesla smartphone app and via the car’s touchscreen.

Over-the-air updates include the ability for the car to precondition the battery ahead of a scheduled journey even if the car isn’t plugged in, improvements to the Spotify app in the infotainment system, improved acceleration in Launch Mode, and a PIN protection for the glovebox.

Tesla has also released three new games that can be played through the touchscreen: ‘The Battle of Polytopia’, ‘Cat Quest’ and Solitaire.

Tesla says every Model S, X and 3 has also received range improvements.

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The news comes after Tesla revealed last week it opened six new ‘Tesla Locations’ in Newcastle, Winchester, Gatwick, Belfast, Birmingham and Chelmsford, with plans to add to the 25-strong network this year.

Along with the expansion of UK locations in 2020, Tesla also rolled out 180 new Superchargers in 20 new or expanded locations.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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