Tesla said that it would begin bundling its autopilot software as a standard feature on all cars, raising the base price, and would drop the entry-level Model 3 Standard from online ordering. All Model 3 configurations are available, according to Tesla, and the price obviously varies with each. Once the lease ends, the auto will receive an over the air update which will make it completely automatic. The Model 3 Standard Range is now a Standard Range Plus model with software disabling a number of features, including music streaming, navigation and heated seats. A Standard Range Plus Model 3 without any options nets a $504 per month payment for 36 months, 10,000 miles, and $3,000 down. This vehicle, however, is not offered on the website anymore - the cheapest option online is the Model 3 Standard Plus. To add, the Autopilot driver assist features are now standard across all of its vehicles (except for the $35,000 model), and the price has been adjusted accordingly.
In a blog post late Thursday, Tesla said customers wanting the $35,000 version of the Model 3 would have to make the purchase by phone or in person at one of its stores.
Tesla unexpectedly delivered a lot of major news this evening, mostly centered around the Tesla Model 3. United States customers can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on their budgets and driving.
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The Model 3 Standard Range is the only Model 3 variant to escape a price hike, as well. For reference, buying a Standard Plus Model 3 with Autopilot used to cost a total of $54,300.
However, unlike other leasing programs, Model 3 customers will not be able to buy their vehicle following the conclusion of the leasing term, as Tesla plans to use these vehicles in its upcoming ride-hailing network in conjunction with full autonomy.
Lessees interested in a dual-motor Long Range Model 3 can easily find themselves with a $700 per month lease payment. The regular package is what will now come standard with all Tesla cars.
It's important to highlight that "customers who choose leasing over owning will not have the option to purchase their auto at the end of the lease".