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Test Tesla Model 3 2022, should you crack?

The Tesla Model 3 Propulsion vintage 2022 changes its battery, its engine and shows low consumption. But this version of access loses its main argument : its attractive price and maximum bonus.

The Tesla Model 3 continues its incessant evolution

The best-selling electric car in the world, the Tesla Model 3 continues its incessant evolution. And it is often in small touches that Elon Musk’s protege shows changes. But for 2022 the modifications concerning the basic version, Propulsion, are deeper than a simple software update.

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It all starts with the heart of the car. Exit the lithium-ion battery, eclipsed in favor of an LFP block (lithium-iron-phosphate) which therefore avoids the use of cobalt. The cross-checks indicate a net capacity of 57 kWh (60 gross) for the new Model 3 Propulsion battery.

The second size change is electric motor replacement by the one found on the rear axle of the Performance version; a block of the synchronous type with permanent magnet and liquid cooling. The 0 to 100 km / h is indeed indicated in 6.1 s against 5.6 s previously. But we will see that, flying in hand, this basic Model 3 still has many resources.

Price Tesla Model 3 Propulsion 2022

It’s the waltz of prices in the automobile… and not in a good way. The Model 3 suffers more than the others from inflation with three successive price increases since the end of 2021. From €43,800 with a bonus of €6,000, the amount has risen to €49,990, including the bonus reduced to €2,000. In a few weeks, the American has therefore inflated its price by €10,190!

An impact on sales in 2022?

It remains to be seen what the impact will be on sales in 2022, knowing that a model ordered today is available in February 2023 if we do not take an option. This deadline is reduced to November 2022 if you tick one option (metallic paint for example) and even to August 2022 if you choose two (metallic paint and 19-inch rims for example).

A way for Tesla to push for the consumption of its Model 3, whose versions delivered in France come from the Shanghai plant (China). Note that this site is experiencing production cuts for health reasons which can still change the situation on delivery times.

An evolution in terms of cosmetics and equipment

It now offers a satin black exterior finish replacing the chrome, a new center console with an induction charger for two smartphones, a heat pump, double front glazing and an exterior speaker. Finally, the steering wheel, front seats, bench seat and wiper are heated, while the on-board computer features a new, more powerful processor (AMD Ryzen, used in game consoles), which makes the screen more fluid and responsive.

Among the evolutions of the Model 3, we note in particular the activation of the side cameras when the turn signal is engaged to display the image on the center display. We would have preferred Tesla to pay a little more attention to the air noise on the highway, which is always too present, or to work on the damping, which is not very conciliatory when the bitumen generates bumps.

Autonomy Tesla Model 3 2022

With its change of battery and motor, the Model 3 Propulsion has an improved WLTP range of 510 km compared to 448 previously. Value that goes down to 491 km with the optional 19-inch wheels. The American stands out since no sedan of its rank had so far fallen below the 20 kWh per 100 km mark, which induces a real autonomy of 295 km on the highway.

The result is even more remarkable on the road course with 14 kWh per 100 km and a real autonomy of 407 km considering the battery capacity. If these ranges are far from what the higher versions can do (Great Autonomy and Performance), we still have with this basic Model 3 a great versatility to do the week without recharging.

And charging?

As for trips, they are facilitated by the quality and reliability of the network of Tesla superchargers, but also by the trip planner integrated into the GPS. With remarkable accuracy and responsiveness, it indicates locations, downtime, availability of terminals and percentage of battery at destination.

Regarding charging, the Model 3 Propulsion accepts 170 kW direct current. This is far from the 250 kW of the other versions, but above many competitors. The average charging rate on superchargers is €0.46/kW, which is competitive on the major axes. And we must emphasize once again the ease of use of the Tesla terminals: just plug in to trigger the charge. Here, there is no need for a subscription card, QR code or application to connect.



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