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24 Jun, 2023
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Speculation surrounding Tesla's upcoming Model 3 update, codenamed "Project Highland," is increasing as the affordable electric vehicle (EV) will reportedly undergo significant changes.

Third-party companion platform Teslascope recently shared a series of tweets revealing potential updates, including steer-by-wire technology, RGB interior lighting, and improved seats for enhanced comfort.

While Teslascope's claims are supported by reports of a patent filing from Tesla, the details of the filing remain unverified. The alleged patent filing suggests Tesla's intent to revolutionize steering technology, but no official confirmation or document number has been found at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at this time.

In addition to steer-by-wire, the refreshed Model 3 "Highland" is rumored to feature matrix LED lights across all trim levels, similar to those found in the higher-end Model S and Model X. The interior will receive redesigned multicolor lighting, providing a modern and customizable feel. Tesla is also said to focus on incorporating more recycled materials in the cabin, aligning with its commitment to sustainability.

Insiders close to the development of the new Model 3 have suggested several other upgrades. These include an improved speaker system for enhanced audio quality, seats designed to enhance ride comfort, and the integration of the latest Hardware 4.0 computer. The Hardware 4.0 system is expected to power Tesla's Autopilot driving assistance features, featuring upgraded cameras compared to its predecessor.

While pricing details for the Model 3 "Highland" have not been confirmed by Tesla, sources speculate that it will start at a similar price point to the current model, around $40,000 for the base rear-wheel-drive variant (excluding tax credits or incentives).

It is important to note that Tesla has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.