Tesla sure does love to modify the options available to customers. Today the Model 3 configurator for Australia changed dramatically.
We reached out to Tesla for comment on today’s changes and here’s the response.
“In order to make purchasing our vehicles even simpler, we are standardising our global vehicle lineup and streamlining the number of trim packages offered for Model S, Model X and Model 3. We are also adjusting our pricing in order to continue to improve affordability for customers. Like other car companies, we periodically adjust pricing and available options.
Model 3 continues to outsell all other luxury vehicles in the U.S., with record delivery numbers in Q2 and continued global expansion to Europe and Asia. It has also achieved 5-star safety ratings in the U.S. and Europe.”Tesla Spokesperson
Tesla is streamlining the number of Model 3 variants available globally. In all markets, Tesla will offer three vehicle types: Standard Range Plus, Long Range All-Wheel-Drive, and Performance. This standardisation certainly makes it easier (and likely cheaper) for consumers and Tesla to manage.
All Performance vehicles, in all markets, will ship with the performance upgrades package installed, which includes performance wheels and brakes, a carbon fibre spoiler, 261km/h top speed and Track Mode.
Step 1 – The Tesla Model 3 now has 3 simple choices to select from, Standard Range Plus (A$66,000), Long Range ($85,000) and Performance ($91,200). Previously these different versions of the Model 3 were limited to just 2, with a Performance+ model offering the higher top speed, red brakes, carbon lip and better wheels.
The new Long Range option at first looks like the original Performance (non plus) version, but the range is a massive 620km (NEDC est) compared to the previous 560km (NEDC etc). By way of comparison, the SR+ offers 460km and the Performance gets you 560km.
Tesla is clearly using a different configuration of batteries and electric motors as the 0-100km/hr times are different in the Long Range model. The SR+ is good for 5.6s, while the Long Range is 4.6s and the Performance retains the blistering 3.4s.
Step 2 – in the configurator is exterior colours. While there’s no change to wheels, the Pearl White Multi-coat is now the default colour, with black now a A$1,050 upgrade.
Step 3 – One of the most demanded features was a white interior as available overseas. If you can find the dollars for the top Performance model, you’ll now get the option to pay A$1,400 for the white interior.
Step 4 – Autopilot hasn’t changed and FSD is still priced at A$8,500 buying it during the order, or afterwards.
These are massive changes that’ll make some people very happy, while other’s who have already ordered will have a choice to make, stick with what you ordered, or make a change and risk a delayed delivery.
Speaking of deliveries, the site now lists an Estimated Delivery date of September, the first move since the original August timeframe. The reason for the date change is either that Tesla has seen great demand and has filled the first boat with orders, or that the original date has slipped and owners haven’t yet been notified they’re in for a longer wait.
Tesla have also confirmed that Model S and Model X now come in two trim variants: Long Range and Performance. Ludicrous Mode now comes standard in all Model S and Model X Performance vehicles, achieving the ridiculous 0-100km/h times in as little as 2.6 seconds for the Model S and 2.9 seconds for Model X.