Leak | Tesla Model 3 and Model Y to receive numerous upgrades in 2022
Unlike other car manufacturers, Tesla might not be in the business of releasing a new version of its electric cars on an annual basis, but that does not mean that vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y do not receive certain improvements over time. The planned 2022 upgrades for said models have now been leaked in a German Tesla forum, indicating that this list may originate from Tesla's brand new Gigafactory near the German capital Berlin. While many of the purported upgrades for the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y may sound incremental and rather minor, some of them will certainly be welcome for prospective buyers of these EVs.
Just like its bigger brothers, the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y will for example be equipped with 15.5-volt lithium-ion batteries instead of their current 12-volt lead-acid batteries. Due to the higher voltage of the new battery, this change also necessitates the replacement of certain electric components like the windshield washer fluid pump. Tech enthusiast will also be happy to hear that the sluggish Intel Atom CPU in the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y will in fact be replaced by a much faster AMD Ryzen SoC, which has already been spotted in Chinese units of the electric SUV and should significantly improve the responsiveness of the integrated infotainment system.
These two Tesla models will also get the Superhorn, laminated glass for the rear windows and the Model 3 Performance will be powered by a better drive unit and the LG 5L battery, which has higher power limits than the predecessor and should therefore make this specific model a bit faster. The entire list of leaked Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y upgrades for 2022 is embedded below. The Electrek expects that these changes will be applied to the according EVs manufactured in China and Germany, while Tesla's US-based production facilities often implement such upgrades at a later date.