The 2024 Tesla Model 3, also known as the Highland, has been put under the microscope by the team at MotorTrend. While the sleek exterior and refined interior have caught the attention of many, MotorTrend took a closer look at the chassis and suspension upgrades that have been made. The Model 3 Highland now features softer springs and innovative frequency-response suspension dampers, resulting in a smoother ride and better absorption of impacts. The steering mechanism has also been updated, with a new variable-ratio steering rack that improves predictability and stability, especially at higher speeds. Additionally, the front upper control arms have been redesigned to be more resilient to rust and provide greater stability, and the tires have been optimized for reduced rolling resistance and increased driving range. Despite some early observations of inconsistencies, such as mis-installation of brake dust shields, it is expected that production will improve over time.
In other Tesla news, the upcoming Cybertruck has sparked more mystery and speculation as its delivery event approaches. A member of the Cybertruck Owners Club forum reported spotting a Cybertruck at a Supercharger in Mojave, CA, which encountered charging issues and required a tow truck. During this encounter, a Tesla engineer hinted at the truck’s range, suggesting it to be as good as or better than a Model X. Members of the forum have deduced that the rumored 350-mile range for the Cybertruck aligns with the Model X LR, making it a legitimate benchmark. Speculations continue about whether the tri-motor variant will meet the advertised 500+ mile range. The importance of a 500-mile range for towing has also been raised, as it could affect the Cybertruck’s utility compared to ICE trucks. Compared to its competitors, such as the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning, the Cybertruck appears to be a strong contender if the speculated ranges hold true.
Tesla has also unveiled a new navigation feature for its Korean customers. The software update now includes a detailed preview of complex highway intersections and urban crossroads, highlighting the lane to be used next for smoother navigation. This feature is similar to one introduced in China in 2020 and showcases Tesla‘s commitment to continuous innovation. While currently relying on data providers for specific intersection images, there is potential for Tesla to develop this feature further using vision and map data, potentially leading to a global rollout.
Overall, Tesla continues to make improvements and innovations in its vehicles, with the Model 3 Highland and upcoming Cybertruck showcasing upgrades in chassis, suspension, steering, and range. The new navigation feature also demonstrates Tesla‘s commitment to providing a seamless driving experience.