Tesla launched a refreshed version of the Model 3 late last year. The refresh included new and updated features, one of which is a new front center console. The new console has a matte finish instead of the glossy black finish the previous Model 3 featured.
However, the finish isn’t the only change. The phone charger is now embedded into the top section of the console instead of just being an addition, and is wrapped in a faux leather material. Furthermore, the center section is more robust and now slides open instead of the flimsy flipping system seen in the previous Model 3:
The Model 3 and the Model Y share practically all the same components so it was odd the automaker decided to integrate the new center console into the new Model 3 and not the Model Y. However, Tesla has apparently begun integrating the new console into its Model Y.
According to the photographs provided, one of the vehicle’s VIN was showing 122,778 and a build date of 02/09/2021.
However, looking at the automakers website, the online configurator still shows the old center console for the electric SUV, leaving it unclear whether all new Model Y units will have the newly integrated console, or the automaker is still in a transitional period.