Model 3/Y — First Gen or Second Gen: How to know?
Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y had a redesign, mostly in its interior, and amongst the Tesla community pre-redesign Model 3/Y are commonly called First Gen while post-redesign are called Second Gen.
Tesla Model 3/Y First Gen center console is composed by 3 different sections and the drawer has a magnetic non-sliding mechanism. Check the below picture:
The Second Gen models can be identified has the new center console has a sliding mechanism in the drawer. Check the picture below:
Why are sometimes 2nd gen model also called 2021 model?
Often times the second gen model is also called '2021' because the Second Gen was presented to the public in October 2020 and it will start selling in 2021.
But an important note Tesla sold in 2021 some First Gen cars due to its existing stock so it is wrong to assume that all new Tesla Model 3/Y bought in 2021 are Second Gen.
Often times the second gen model is also called '2021' because the Second Gen was presented to the public in October 2020 with a start selling date on 2021.