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Tesla Model 3 Highland redesign to sport Cybertruck's front HW4 camera, LED matrix lights, and steer-by-wire like Lexus

Next Model 3 may look like this (image: ffiarpg/Reddit)
Next Model 3 may look like this (image: ffiarpg/Reddit)
Tesla was recently granted a new steer-by-wire patent similar to the One Motion Grip system of the Lexus RZ 450e with a good reason, as it will reportedly use it in the upcoming Model 3 Highland refresh that may be released in the fall. The Model 3 Highland is tipped to include a full set of high-res HW4 cameras, too, including in the front bumper.

Just as seen on the leaked prototype, the upcoming Tesla Model 3 Highland refresh will allegedly come with the full set of 5MP Hardware 4.0 FSD cameras, including the front one that will be situated in the front bumper like what can be seen on the Cybertruck. The front camera is supposed to take over some of the duties of the deprecated ultrasonic parking sensors and, together with the new side-mounted cameras, will help the Model 3 feel more confident before curbs or at busy intersections.

The eventual Model 3 refresh snapped before had what appears to be a cutout in the bumper where the front HW4 camera might be situated and now Tesla insiders have reiterated this point with more certainty. The other pieces of new Tesla Model 3 Highland information are that it will sport more comfortable seats, perhaps reiterating the point that they may include ventilation, as well as LED matrix headlights on all trims.

The presence of RGB ambiance lighting is also reconfirmed, with the added point that it will be made available on the Model S/X as well. Perhaps the biggest hardware addition, however, will apparently be a new fast and efficient steer-by-wire system for both the optional yoke and steering wheel of the Model 3 Highland. Tesla was granted a steer-by-wire patent not long ago, designed with safety redundancies in mind, and this could be why. The steer-by-wire Tesla patent seems to do what the Lexus RZ 450e already does with its yoke wheel and One Motion Grip system.

The rumored speaker system upgrade, as well as small improvements like showing an R in the mirrors when driving in reverse, purportedly also await future owners of the mid-cycle refresh. As for the Model 3 Highland actual release date, it's anyone's guess and may happen in the traditional October/November period, or as far out as Q1 given the many hardware and design upgrades listed here. 

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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-06-23 (Update: 2023-06-23)