New 2023 Tesla Model 3: Release, Updates, and More

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Published on:
March 12, 2023
Updated on:
March 27, 2023

It is no surprise that the Tesla Model 3 is the most popular electric vehicle in the world, boasting a total of 508,000 sales in 2022. With the appeal of the “green” movement, increasing availability of charging stations, and driving practicality, the Tesla Model 3 continues to outshine notable competitors such as Rivian, Lucid, and Fisker. As the most attractive choice for a premium electric vehicle, what can we expect out of the 2023 Tesla Model 3?

The New 2023 Tesla Model 3

Despite the hype revolving around the 2023 Tesla Model 3, you can guarantee a long waitlist. Many buyers who have ordered the refreshed Tesla Model X in 2021 have seen their delivery date pushed to 2023. Considering that the current 2022 Model 3 EVs have a waiting time of 9 months on average, we expect that this will be much higher with the new 2023 Tesla Model 3.

So, when can we expect to see the first deliveries of the new 2023 Tesla Model 3?

Edmunds estimates that the 2023 Tesla Model 3’s debut will happen sometime in the winter of 2023, but buyers likely won’t be able to receive the effective delivery of their new electric luxury car for months after that. Furthermore, many optimists forecast that even if the 2023 Model 3 will be available early next year, you may not be able to get one until at least the spring or summer of 2023.

2023 Model 3 Facelift

As far as we could tell from the information currently available, we don’t anticipate any significant changes to the 2023 Model 3 (unless Tesla has a major switch in the upcoming quarters)

That means that the new model will likely offer very similar specs and range to the model currently available, including:

  • Between 272 miles and 358 miles of EV range
  • Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive 0–60 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 18 inch wheels
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Max Supercharging of 170 kW

2023 Model 3 Accessory Add-Ons

A fully loaded 2023 Performance Tesla Model 3 adds features like lowered suspension, a 13-speaker premium sound system, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels making the car look much more aggressive. The exterior will resemble the previous 2022 Model 3, but there might be exciting news for carbon fiber fans.

Despite its elegant interior, a majority of Tesla owners have expressed their intent to replace the OEM wood dashboard, due to its outdated look, along with the white OEM dashboard that is known for its horrendous glare. Is there a solution for this? We think so.

There are rumors that the 2023 Tesla Model 3 may have options to add matte carbon fiber accessories including dashboard replacements, door trim replacements and more. Tesla is known for its lack of customization but these accessories might just elevate the driving experience. To view additional carbon fiber accessories the 2023 Tesla Model 3 could possibly implement, click here for an in-depth list.

In summary, the 2023 Model 3 will therefore arrive with only minor cosmetic and trim modifications, and this is coherent with Tesla’s strategy since its inception: Tesla hasn’t drastically altered the blueprint of its sedan, so don’t expect massive changes until a redesigned model appears in the future.

2023 Model 3 Pricing

The Model 3 has always been the cheapest option among Tesla EVs, and we can imagine that will stay about the same for the new 2023 version (or until the Tesla Model 2 will become available).

Always according to Edmunds, “The only concern for Model 3 buyers is the price trajectory over the last few years. The Model 3’s MSRP has slowly crept upward, and it seems like the dream of a $35,000 Tesla will stay exactly that, a dream.” Whether or not Tesla will lower prices in the coming year, the Model 3 is still one of the cheapest EVs by the mile and offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than many other cars.

Graph showing trends of Tesla vehicle prices since April 2021.

Most estimates foresee that the cost of a Tesla Model 3 in 2023 will start at around $48,000 (slightly above what the 2022 model costs now). That would place the 2023 Model 3 Long Range at around $59,000 and the 2023 Model 3 Performance at around $64,000.

2023 Model 3 Performance Stats

The Tesla Model 3 Performance, thanks to its 0–60 mph time of around 3.1 seconds, will draw the interest of fans looking for high-speed driving. As much as we hope for performance improvements, it is very likely the numbers will be similar to the current 2022 Model 3.

2023 Model 3 Charging

Depending on which type of 2023 Model 3 you are most interested in, different recharging strategies will have to be used: in case of the most common NCA batteries (more energy dense and expensive), charge cycles should aim to a 80% to 90% recharge for most of the times, while in case of adoption of the LFP batteries (cheaper and less energy dense), it is recommended that Model 3 owners keep the charge limit set to 100%, and charge their cars to 100% at least once a week.

Now, to answer the one million dollar question...

Should you wait for the 2023 Model 3 or order a 2022 model now?

In our opinion this depends on your preferences as a consumer: if you already have a Tesla and have deep pockets, waiting for the 2023 model could be the right thing to do. On the other hand, if you still do not own an EV and want to try the Model 3, opting for the current model could be a good deal. You’ll likely be able to get all of the same features, performance, and range now-for possibly at a lower price and early delivery!

A white Tesla Model 3 on a gravel road in front of mountains.