Tesla Model 3 updates: Leasing, Autopilot standard, base model limited


On Twitter, Musk recently confirmed that the objective of the cameras built in above the rear-view mirror of the Model 3 is to record video when owners put their auto on Tesla's future network, which he said would compete with Uber and Lyft.

Model 3 SR Plus now available in Norway too, at a VERY attractive NOK 367,700.

The rear-wheel-drive Long Range Model 3 has also been removed from the website and joins the Standard Range Model 3 as an off-menu model that must be ordered in-store or on the phone.

So what will happen to the Standard Range going forward?

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After the federal tax credit available on its cars halved January 1, Tesla has dropped prices, added features, streamlined its model lineup, and introduced new lower-priced options for the Model 3, including the long-promised $35,000 base Model 3 Standard Range.

It's also worth noting that Tesla has scrapped building a separate version of the base trim Model 3. Tesla's release on the changes said that "all Tesla vehicles now come with Autopilot bundled as a standard feature", but Fox News Autos has confirmed that the feature is not active on the $35,000 version of the Model 3. Now, it goes for $39,500 with Autopilot included. The decision to maintain ownership of its leased Model 3 fleet for such future use indicates Tesla's high level of confidence in the development of its Full Self-Driving program. A really interesting movie is the introduction of Tesla leasing. Buyers can choose any Model 3 variant with annual mileage options of 10,000, 12,000 or 15,000.

Interestingly-and maybe annoyingly for potential customers-Tesla says that leased cars will not be available to purchase once the lease has run out. Several features will be disabled including the vehicle company's onboard music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualization, and heated seats.

This is because Tesla plans to use those previously leased vehicles in its upcoming ride-hailing network. Opening up the SR+ for orders now will allow Tesla to gauge the demand mix, and plan production and delivery timing for the different variants. The company warns that customers who choose leasing will not have the option to buy the auto at the end of the term, as the vehicles will be used for Tesla's ride-hailing network.