Tesla removes the low-priced $47,600 Model 3 from its website

Tesla removes the low-priced $47,600 Model 3 from its website

Customers after the limited standard model will have to call or go into tone of their brick and mortar Tesla stores as the model has now been removed from the online store.

Further changes include the fitment of the Autopilot package as standard equipment, though the changes see the price of the Model 3 Standard Plus rise by US$2000 to US$39,500 ($55,365.18) - previously the Autopilot option came at a $3000 premium.

From today Tesla's famous Autopilot software will become a standard feature instead of an optional extra. Yes, these are the same stores that the EV company announced it was scaling back when it first started selling the low-priced Model 3.

Apparently addressing controversy over Autopilot price cuts, Tesla has made a decision to simply bundle the feature as a standard safety feature across its entire lineup. Thus, the latest iteration of $35,000 Model 3 loses its standard heated seats (sort of) and a couple miles of range (90% of 240 is 216, compared to its original estimated range of 220 miles).

Tesla is not only trying discourage customers from buying the base $35k Model 3, it wants to make it as easy as possible to upgrade.

Buyers do have the option to unlock those features at a later date, though, essentially upgrading the auto from Standard Range to Standard Range Plus.

The Model 3 Standard Range is the only Model 3 variant to escape a price hike, as well. Deliveries of the vehicle at that price point - the big promise of the Model 3 when it was first unveiled in March 2016 - are just beginning this weekend.

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

In an odd change, Tesla has removed the option of buying its lowest cost Model 3 from its website in Canada. The minimum deposit is $3,000, but the payment due at signing will vary from $4,199 to $4,584 depending on the variant. 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. Most auto leases give you the option to buy the vehicle outright at the end of the lease period, but not Tesla. 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.

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