Tesla Model 3 ready for power liftgate, center console upgrade, new ‘frunk’ and more


Recent reports from China suggest that Tesla may be preparing to make some notable improvements to the Gigafacting Shanghai-built Model 3. If the speculation turns out to be true, Tesla’s cheapest sedan will soon get a powered lift gate and trunk, remove some factory chrome, model Y’s “octave” to name a few, and new headlights and taillights.

Reports initially made their rounds on Weibo, the Chinese social media platform where they were reportedly familiar with the case by people. As shared on Twitter by Tesla owner-enthusiasts @Tesla__Mania, The rumored Model 3 improvements would include several Model Y-inspired upgrades and some rather interesting changes that Elon Musk himself hinted at.

Back in July, for example, Elon Musk responded to a request from the owner of a China-based Model 3, requesting a power liftgate upgrade. The owner in question had lost his ability to use his legs, which made it challenging to use the Model 3’s manual liftgate and trunk. Responding to the story, Elon Musk stated that Tesla would install a power liftgate upgrade for the owner’s Model 3. These are, of course, speculation that the feature will eventually be made standard for the Model 3.

Other features mentioned in the rumor, such as the Model Y’s “octave” and the use of a new frunk, were also indicated by owners in the West. Just last month, reports came from buyers of the Model 3 indicating that Tesla had updated the design of the all-electric sedan’s frunk. Given that the model 3’s frunk’s updated design was similar to that of the Model Y, speculation surfaced that Tesla is looking to use some of the most notable features of the all-electric crossover – such as the “Octavalve” and heat pump – in its own sedan on midsized as well.

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Rumors concerning the vehicle’s headlights and taillights are also true for the Made-in-China Model 3 improvements. Tesla has not officially announced any improvements to these components in the Model 3, but reports from owners have indicated that the new vehicles are equipped with faster and clearer tail lights. For the factory chrome delete option, such speculation does not seem far-fetched as the Model Y is already a ship with no chrome accents.

Perhaps the most interesting part of recent rumors from China is the new steering wheel, the “2.0” version of the center console, and a double layer glass for better noise isolation. It appears that these speculation upgrades have not yet been reported by recent Model 3 owners, although they are consistent with Tesla’s tendency to continuously improve their vehicles over time. The improved noise isolation would certainly be a welcome upgrade for the Model 3, as wind noise is noticeable at higher speeds. This is partly due to the lack of internal combustion engines, which usually muffle or overtake wind noise in traditional cars.

H / t @Tesla_Mania.