Late Thursday evening, Tesla published a blog post explaining a raft of changes it just made to the Model 3 lineup. The company announced Thursday that it will not produce that base auto, but will fulfill orders for it with software limited versions of the Standard Range Plus, with 10 percent less range and several features disabled that can be purchased by owners later. 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. Ordering one requires a call or visit to a Tesla store. "We're making these changes to ensure that our online order process is focused exclusively on the three Model 3 variants customers want most", it said. The electric automaker announced that deliveries of the Standard range model will begin as soon as this weekend. Tesla said orders for the Standard Range Plus, with 240 miles, a premium stereo, power seats, and upgraded upholstery, outnumbered orders for the base vehicle by 6 to 1. "But now, alongside the announcement that it has yet again reshuffled the Model 3 lineup, essentially killing the "$35,000" Standard Range model and upping prices across the board, Tesla also has announced that it has finally developed a leasing program.
While many auto companies offer leasing options on new cars Tesla's model bucks the trend in a very unusual way. The Model 3 with Standard Plus now costs US$39,500 with Autopilot included. USA customers can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on their budgets and driving.
Opting for the Standard Range Model 3 via software limitation also disables various features including the onboard music streaming service navigation with live traffic, and heated seats.
MobileSyrup has reached out to Tesla to learn about the current price of the Standard Range and Long-Range Rear-Wheel Drive Model 3s. The minimum deposit is $3,000, but the payment due at signing will vary from $4,199 to $4,584 depending on the variant.
In responding a follower on Twitter encouraged Tesla owners to buy a product that covers up a camera over the rear-view mirror of their cars, Musk, 47, confirmed for the first time that the goal of the camera was to record video when owners put their vehicle on the network.