Last month we discussed that Project Highland has officially been launched for 2024 in the UK. The new and improved Tesla Model 3 has some interesting features announced which we discussed in our previous article. However, now that the dust has settled – some of the features UK motorists & car critics turned out to be not so excited about.
This article takes a look at the features that people weren’t so happy about. We also take a look at why these features were considered and why they are being featured in UK vehicles. We’ve already seen some of these mentioned features in Teslas in Australia which has the same road system as the UK. Does this mean that new Tesla Model 3 owners are going to have to just adapt to the new changes or choose a different car? We take a look below.
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Gear Shift Changes – Frustration for Motorists?
The gear shift changes have been completely moved on the new Tesla Model 3. Previous models featured the gear shift on the indicator stalk but you may be surprised to note that the indicator stalk has been removed in its entirety. The gear shift feature is now situated on the touchscreen as Tesla enthusiasts noticed in the updated images and promotional material for Project Highland that the indicator stalk had indeed been completely removed.
Positive Points for the Gear Shift Changes
There is no doubt that vehicles are becoming more modern and the features and functions of a new vehicle mean that you have to re-learn where a lot of the features in your car are now situated. Moving from an older Tesla to the new Model 3, many features are improved or the same so there are only a few additional features to deal with. Some highlighted that the indicator buttons whilst being confusing at first were on the left of the steering wheel – new owners would get used to this over time.
You are also able to opt for the backup system but this is on the roof.
Negative Gear Shift Feedback From Those Interested in Project Highland
Some overseas owners who already have driven the new Model 3 were less than impressed with the changes. They said that it’s a challenging system while at high speeds for such an important feature as shifting gears. Others mentioned that they even had to take their eyes off the road when switching to reverse or going forward.
What is the reason for these changes? People in support suggest moving towards a modern and integrated design whereas critics questioned whether this was a cost-cutting exercise to make the system cheaper to build and install on the new Model 3.
The Indicators Have Also Been Moved – Sparking Controversy
As we mentioned above, the movement of the indicator stalk means that any form of traditional indicator has been removed in the new Tesla Model 3. This was a key point that is not surprising to have sparked controversy. It’s going to take some getting used to and it’s such an integral part of the driving system/experience that it’s a very controversial feature to change. Similarly to the sentiments from both sides of the camp, new owners are going to have to get used to the system and people who were positive about the changes suggest this is part of the Tesla minimalist design. Whereas critics suggest that this is another cost-cutting exercise by the manufacturer.
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