The recently released 2021 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have received some important changes that significantly improve the car ownership experience. One of the important and welcomed updates is of the steering wheel in these two models. It has clearly received aesthetic, physical design changes, and now it will be heated. An owner of the made-in-China Model 3 reports that the feature is already available.
The steering wheel heating function is very much in demand, especially among those owners who live in temperate and cold climates. In November, rumors began to circulate that Tesla had added the heated steering wheel to the refreshed Model 3 and Model Y. However, none of the owners reported that this was true.
In early December, a Model 3 owner in Switzerland discovered that he had a voice command in his car with which he could activate the steering wheel heating. While this command didn't work at that time, it gave a reasonable hope that it would soon become a reality.
We have now received a report that the China-made 2021 Model 3 definitely has this feature and customers can access it through the Tesla App.
Just to clarify: heated steering wheel is *NOT* available for Partial Premium Interior MIC 🇨🇳 Model 3. pic.twitter.com/T0ThRWOgZi— AiYa (@_iami8_) January 3, 2021
This is an automatic translation from Chinese
Since Tesla's Fremont factory and Giga Shanghai began producing the refreshed Model 3 almost simultaneously, there is every reason to believe that owners in the US, as well as in other countries, will also soon have access to the long-awaited feature. For now, Tesla owners in the US can also see the option to activate the heated steering wheel in the App Store. However, according to reports from several owners, it doesn't seem to work.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.