Tesla has not yet unveiled specifications for its 2024 Tesla Model 3 in North America. However, the company is known for its streamlined production and its sale of similar vehicles worldwide. Therefore, the recently unveiled specifications for Chinese Model 3s are likely to closely resemble those for North American customers.
The 2024 Tesla Model 3 with rear-wheel drive has an official power output of 194 kW or 260 hp. This electric vehicle has a single motor installed on the rear axle.
On the other hand, the 2023 Tesla Model 3 RWD has a higher power output of 279 hp or 208 kW.
The all-wheel-drive 2024 Tesla Model 3 features an additional motor on the front axle, resulting in a power output of 331 kW or 444 hp.
This is a significant decline compared to the 2023 model. The 2023 Tesla Model 3 Long Range has a power output of 493 hp (368 kW). This is a difference of 49 hp (37 kW) or approximately 10%.
Tesla has confirmed that it reduced the top speed of the new Model 3 to improve efficiency and minimize noise from the new tires. However, the company did not disclose any details about the reduced horsepower figures.
Tesla, being based in Texas, doesn’t emphasize official power figures because electric vehicles may not always utilize their maximum power in every situation.
For instance, a Model S Plaid with 1,020 hp and a low 5% state of charge won’t allow the driver to fully utilize the horsepower for maximum performance. Doing so would strain and deplete the battery, which is not ideal for long-term reliability.
Other Details About the 2024 Tesla Model 3
In terms of weight and size, the new single-motor Model 3 weighs 1,760 kg (3,880 lb), while the dual-motor variant weighs 1,823 kg (4,019 lb), according to autoevolution.com.
The updated rear-wheel-drive Model 3 is 18 pounds bigger than the previous version, whereas the all-wheel-drive variant is 15 pounds lighter. The weight difference between the 2024 and 2023 model years is insignificant.
According to the same source, the 2024 Tesla Model 3 with a single motor will come equipped with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery sourced from CATL. This battery may offer better durability despite being less energy-dense. On the other hand, the dual-motor sedan will feature a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) energy storage unit.
In China, the base Model 3 might bear the name “Model 3,” while the all-wheel-drive version could be called “Model 3+.” However, these names are subject to change. We’ll have to wait until October, when the car officially launches, to confirm the details.
The pricing for the 2024 Tesla Model 3 in China is RMB 259,900 (USD 35,636), while the Model 3+ is priced at RMB 295,900 (USD 40,572). These figures may not be applicable in the US or Canada.
For the current 2023 Model 3 available in the US, the starting price is USD 40,240 for the base version. The Long Range variant begins at USD 47,240 before taxes, fees, and incentives.
Lastly, the Model 3+ (also known as the Model 3 Long Range) is slightly longer by 26 mm (around one inch), slightly shorter by 1 mm (0.03 in), and narrower by 2 mm (0.07 in) compared to the previous model. The wheelbase size remains unchanged.
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