Recently, an exciting sighting of the Tesla Model 3 Project Highland edition has sparked speculation about potential upgrades to the sedan’s front bumper. Tech content creator Colin W. from the Bay Area was fortunate enough to spot the upgraded Model 3 cruising through Palo Alto, California. He quickly shared pictures of the Tesla Model 3 on his X account, @Y2KColin, and asked his followers to identify any changes.
Most of the pictures Colin collected featured the Model 3 with both the front and back bumpers covered, hinting at modifications or upgrades in those areas while keeping the rest of the all-electric sedan’s body largely unchanged.
The attention was primarily drawn to the Model 3’s front bumper, which appeared slightly longer in the nose compared to the current version available on the market. One notable addition is a camera located at the tip of the Model 3’s nose, similar to the placement seen on the Cybertruck. This suggests that the Model 3 Highland edition may be fully equipped for Tesla Vision and no longer rely on ultrasonic sensors, possibly indicating the integration of Tesla’s Hardware 4.0.
Interestingly, the Tesla Model 3 Project Highland unit was previously spotted during winter testing in New Zealand, where it joined the rest of Tesla’s S3XY lineup at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground (SHPG). At that time, the vehicle was covered in black, making it difficult to discern any changes.
Tesla is reportedly gearing up to commence production on Project Highland units soon. During the Q2 2023 earnings call, Tesla executives mentioned that factory upgrades might have a slight impact on production during the third quarter.
Elon Musk stated, “We continue to target 1.8 million vehicle deliveries this year. Although, we expect that Q3 production will be a little bit down because we’ve got summer shutdowns — for a lot of factory upgrades. So, just probably a slight decrease in production in Q3 for sort of global factory upgrades.”
As the Model 3 Project Highland generates more excitement among Tesla enthusiasts and tech aficionados, we eagerly await official announcements from Tesla about the upgrades and improvements that this special edition will bring to the beloved Model 3 sedan. Stay tuned for further updates as the story unfolds.