Production of the best-selling Tesla Model 3 at the company’s Gigafactory Shanghai has apparently halted, fueling rumors that the company may soon begin production of the updated model.
A recent YouTube video from the prolific Tesla blogger Wu Wa That shows drone footage of the Chinese manufacturing facility as of May 25 and shows that there are little to none of them model 3s in the waiting areas.
Wu Wa notices this Model Y However, production appears to be continuing as normal.
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The Australian Tesla models Model 3 and Model Y come from this Chinese production facility.
This latest development follows the Chinese outlet Yicai I reported on this last month Tesla China had denied the authenticity of the reports The updated Model 3 would go into mass production on June 1 in Shanghai.
As of this writing, it’s unclear exactly when the updated Tesla Model 3, codenamed Project Highland, will go into production. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was recently in China at the Gigafactory plant in Shanghai, but the vehicle was not demonstrated.
Regardless, we’ve seen many spied Model 3 prototypes and also what appears to be an undisguised vehicle.
An update for the closely related Model Y SUV, codenamed Project Juniper, is expected to follow shortly thereafter.
A recent photo posted on Reddit shows that the Model 3 will get a new headlight design, as well as a new front bumper and what appears to be finally an instrument cluster.
No Tesla app The Model 3 will reportedly feature a single camera in the center of the front bumper, as well as two new cameras, one on each side of the vehicle.
According to reports, these are five-megapixel cameras with anti-reflective coating, which are superior to the 1.2-megapixel cameras in the current car. According to reports, the updated model will also upgrade from the supercomputer hardware 3 to hardware 4.
Ultrasonic sensors won’t be available as the company pushes ahead with its Tesla Vision system, which relies on a camera rather than radar or sensors, while Tesla will reportedly further simplify the Model 3’s interior as well.
Tesla has previously said it wouldn’t go down the traditional “facelift” route like legacy automakers have, but looks like it’s changing its mindset to help make its vehicles feel fresh .
Slowing sales in the important Chinese market led Tesla to lower prices there, sparking a price war with competing brands.