Want the new 2023 Tesla Model 3 instead? You can now change your Model Y booking for “free”

If you’ve already put in a booking for the Tesla Model Y, but saw the newly-updated 2023 Model 3 and thought “I should’ve waited for that instead”, good news! Tesla Malaysia is now offering Model Y customers a chance to switch their booking to the new 2023 Tesla Model 3, without burning your RM1,000 order fee.

You will of course need to have a valid Tesla Model Y booking for this to work, but the catch here is that only those made before 1 September 2023 will be eligible.

To switch your order, you will first have to make a new Tesla Model 3 booking on Tesla Malaysia’s website (linked here) and pay the RM1,000 order fee. Then, send an email with the new Model 3 order reference number, alongside your original Model Y order reference number, to [email protected].

Both your Model Y and the new Model 3 bookings must be placed for Malaysia under the same Tesla account, verified by the same email address. After the request is processed by Tesla Malaysia personnel, the RM1,000 booking fee will then be refunded to you.

If you’re interested to do so, better be quick – your refund request must be sent by 15 September 2023, and will only be processed once.

Tesla Malaysia opened the order books for the new 2023 Model 3 1 September, the same day it made its global debut – and incidentally only slightly more than a month since the Model Y was officially launched in Malaysia. Pricing for the 2023 Tesla Model 3 in Malaysia starts from RM189,000 for the rear-wheel drive variant, moving up to RM218,000 for the Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive.

As a mid life-cycle update, the new 2023 model boasts several improvements over its predecessor, including refreshed styling, and a reworked interior. While no changes have been made to the drivetrain, the improved aerodynamics courtesy of the exterior reskinning also means that the Tesla Model 3 in Malaysia boasts improved ranges of 513 km for the RWD single motor variant, and 629 km for the dual-motor long-range.

Couple the newer design and updated equipment, to the lower price of the Model 3 (compared to the Model Y), it’s not surprising that some of you felt a little buyer’s remorse.

That said, the Tesla Model Y still remains a compelling choice for EV buyers here in Malaysia, especially if you’re looking for an SUV. At a starting price of RM199,000, the rear-wheel drive variant boasts a single motor on the front axle, making 347 hp and 420 Nm for a century sprint in under 6.9 seconds.

The Tesla Model Y is also the only model here that will be offered in a Performance AWD flavour, boasting outputs of up to 534 hp and 660 Nm for a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.7 seconds. The Tesla Model Y Performance AWD in Malaysia starts from RM288,000.

If you need a detailed breakdown of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y’s specifications before making a decision, be sure to check out our detailed launch coverage for both models, linked here (Model 3) and here (Model Y).

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