Tesla Mode 3 now costs $39500 online

Tesla Model 3. Matthew DeBord  BI

Tesla Model 3. Matthew DeBord BI

It's a little cheaper than it was before, but it's also something you can't opt out of (except in the case of base-price Model 3).

Tesla is apparently moving to retire the $35,000 entry-level Model 3 before shipping the first units, though Autopilot comes standard and customers can now lease the vehicle.

It's also worth noting that Tesla has scrapped building a separate version of the base trim Model 3.

With the standard version, the vehicle's range is limited through software by 10% and some functions are deactivated (such as the music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualisation and heated seats). Just like in the USA, the entry-level version with a range of 386 kilometres has added Tesla's semi-autonomous driving technology as part of its standard equipment list. However, it comes at a bit of a discount - on the Model 3 range, Autopilot used to be a $3,000 option, but its mandatory inclusion only adds $2,000 to the car's bottom line.

Late Thursday evening, Tesla published a blog post explaining a raft of changes it just made to the Model 3 lineup.

As part of the changes to its online ordering, Tesla said the Model 3 Standard variant and the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive will be taken off the online ordering menu but will still be available for order by phone or in stores. The lease runs for 36 months, and lessees can choose from three annual mileage allotments - 10,000, 12,000 or 15,000 miles per year. "Because most Tesla buyers opt to pay extra for all the high-tech features, this likely won't have a huge impact on Model 3 sales, however, it does deliver another tough blow to the company's reputation". Deliveries of the entry-level models start this weekend - more than six weeks after the company starting taking orders. You can still order it but you'll need to call Tesla directly or visit one of its several hundred retail locations to do so. That likely puts the Model 3 Standard Range's price at about $37,000 or possibly $38,000.

Tesla now imports all the cars it sells in China. Now, the Model 3 Standard Plus can only be had with Autopilot bundled, for the price of $39,500, saving you $1,000. Customers won't have the option to buy the auto at the end of the lease because the company plans to use the vehicles in a forthcoming Tesla ride-hailing network, according to the blog post.

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