Comparison: All Versions Of Tesla Model 3 Available or Not

OCT 21 2018 BY MARK KANE 35

Tesla Model 3 is to eventually include three battery options

If you remember how many times Tesla did some reshuffling in Model S and Model X offer, you can be sure that in case of Model 3 it will be more of the same with constant adjustments every couple months.

Tesla began with Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive, and the add all-wheel drive version and all-wheel drive Performance version. As the Model 3 Mid Range comes in, Model 3 Long Range RWD was dropped. The long-awaited Model 3 Standard is still 4-6 months from now.

Tesla Model 3

Here we gathered some basic data (some estimated/preliminary ) for a quick comparison, deducting $3,750 federal tax credit for new orders (and sales from January 1, 2019):

Model 3 Standard (2019) expected from February-April

  • MSRP: $35,000 + $1,200 (D&H) – $3,750 federal tax credit = $32,450
  • 220 miles (354 km) of range or more
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.5 seconds
  • rear-wheel drive

Model 3 Mid Range (2018)

  • MSRP: $45,000 + $1,200 (D&H) – $3,750 federal tax credit = $42,450
  • 260 miles (418 km) of range
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.6 seconds
  • rear-wheel drive

Model 3 Long Range (2018) – discontinued

  • MSRP: $49,000 + $1,200 (D&H) – $3,750 federal tax credit = $46,450
  • 310 miles (499 km) of range
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.1 seconds
  • rear-wheel drive

Model 3 Long Range AWD (2018)

  • MSRP: $54,000 + $1,200 (D&H) – $3,750 federal tax credit = $51,450
  • 310 miles (499 km) of range
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 4.5 seconds
  • all-wheel drive

Model 3 Long RangeAWD Performance (2018)

  • MSRP: $64,000 + $1,200 (D&H) – $3,750 federal tax credit = $61,450
  • 310 miles (499 km) of range
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.3 seconds
  • all-wheel drive

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You should add clarifications for which of the configs contain (or are expected to contain) the “Premium Interior” option — otherwise the comparison is a bit confusing. This is esp. needed since so far all configs include it as mandatory, but that will hopefully change in the future. Some people are hoping/assuming the short-range battery version won’t require it (including this article).

People keep getting that wrong, IMO. The Tesla page very clearly is saying Standard Battery option in4-6 months. That doesn’t necessarily mean the $35k version without the interior upgrade and glass roof.

The article should at least make it clear that it is unknown whether the base will be offered at that same time frame. I personally think it is highly unlikely.

Should be:
MSRP: $40,000 + $1,200 (D&H) – $3,750 federal tax credit = $37,450

The upgrades list in the last graphic should show the PUP options. Glass roof, covered center console storage, premium seating materials, heated seating throughout, power folding mirrors, upgraded sound system, 4 USB ports, 2 phone docks.

Very true. My prediction – the non-premium interior option will never be shipped. It is very telling that over half a year after this model has started shipping, still no one knows what the non-premium interior would look like.

I believe it will it will ship. But it’s going to be the last model produced. Could even be after they start doing Europe deliveries. Or after they open a new factory.

Or will they accept reduced demand for Model 3 (by not offering lower priced trim levels) and use the factory space to build other models?

I agree with with, I think the profit margin with this option “desired by all” is bigger then wihout. Just like in the case of Model S 40.

Interior will be cloth and regular roof and limited options on dash screen

USB ports and phone docks are standard on base models

No they are not. They are listed under PUP.

If you look under the phone dock mat, it even says “Premium” on it.

The “Compare Model 3” chart at the bottom of the article seems to indicate that both LR AWD and MR RWD come standard with 19” Sport Wheels. That is not the case. I just checked the Tesla website to verify, and both still come standard with 18” Aeros and offer the 19” wheels as an upgrade for (I believe) $1500.

Not complaining, just informing. Overall very informative article.

Unless it has changed it says upgrades are 19″ or 20″ wheels in all three categories. Exactly as it should read.That means 18″ wheels are the standard in non performance models. What is a little ambiguous is the size of the standard wheels in the performance Model.

Ah you’re right, I missed the small type “upgrades” in the infographic. Thanks!

Given that the LR RWD version is no longer available, and it appears pretty much all of them will be delivered before year-end, wouldn’t it make more sense to show it as getting the full $7500 credit?

Showing the SR qualifying for any credit seems like wishful thinking. It seems much more likely that the vast majority of SR deliveries will be after June and get $0 credit.

After June still gets a tax credit, albeit small. It does open the question if a potential buyer might opt to buy us used Model 3 LR RWD instead of a new SR base car at that point. There might be a good number of people trading in their Model 3’s for Model Y’s.

Model Y not likely until 2020/2021?

But yeah, could be some good used Model 3s with people trading in for the Model Y.

2022 mass produce

I’m one of those that believe that the Base SR Model 3 won’t be available until Jan 2020, so yes the timing works in my timeline.

Model Y production is to start in 2020 according to the most recent statement made by Tesla.

No doubt some folks will trade their 3 in on a Y… Especially if the Y looks nice. I’m a huge Tesla fan and owner but not a fan of the X’s look. “Bloated minivan” or “pregnant model S” anyone? I know Elon says the Y won’t make or break the company but I’m really hoping the Y is good looking. Lol I don’t know if any SUV/CUV has ever been referred to as “stunning” but the best we can hope for is it not being ugly or too polarizing.

Someone said the Model X looks like a whale… IIRC it was meant to be derisive — but I think it’s actually cute 🙂

I stand corrected! I had thought that each step-down credit level only lasted for 3 months, but each is actually 6 months.

Model Y “Unveiling” only is targeted for March 15th, 2019!

If inside USA Sales of Premium Model 3 is still strong, might that Unveiling move… A month or so, into 2nd Quarter? Or, will they keep the March 15th Date, and see how many Model Y Reservations are added? If the Y had a Reservation price of $1,500, or $2,000, it could add a lot of extra cash, quick!

I’m ok with that

I don’t believe the standard car could be faster to 60mph than the mid range car. Typo?

They should both be 5.6s

It could in theory, if it gets the same power while being a bit lighter… Though I’d be somewhat surprised if it does indeed get the same power.

Haven’t they already said that Dual Motor AWD will also be available on the standard range version? If that’s the case it makes sense that they may start the SR production with that version, adding probably a additional $5000 to the starting price.

The sadly deceptive pricing on the Tesla website (every price has an asterisk of “savings” and without the $1,200 adder) makes it hard to figure out what the prices will be for the one you left out, the low range, AWD.

All we really know is cheapest Tesla is mid-range, black, aero, RWD for $46,200.

Yes, they also need to drop the “gas savings” bit since many buyers are already moving up from other EVs and it’s a sleazy thing that may confuse potential buyers.

Tesla used to have more straight forward information on their website… Not sure why lately it is more confusing or vague.

As a for instance they don’t say how much it is to charge the car with the ‘occasional use cord’ at 120 volts even though they include the adapter as standard with purchase of the car. Or if they do say I don’t know what the URL is you have to type to find it.

Try the Tesla site, Charging, at Home…?

It should also be noted that the RWD long range is widely reported to get significantly more range than the AWD version even though Tesla claims 310 miles for both. The new product lineup requires you to pay for AWD to get the (now) longest range variant. If they don’t bring back the LR RWD the existing ones will be more valuable as used cars than would otherwise be the case. A nice thank you from Tesla to the early buyers.

Perhaps. It certainly guarantees that we won’t trade in ours for a newer one until the redesign. That is unless they happen on the off chance to make a Performance RWD in the future.

This whole TM3 “everyman’s car” for $35k was dead from the get-go, and is a huge disappointment for many. Tesla has shown itself as deceptive as any other car company. If I ordered one in February, I’d probably have to wait about two years to get it, and lose out on the $7500 fed tax credit, a huge incentive. I’m now waiting for a Kia Niro EV, Volvo XC40 EV, and VW ID series, all of which will be at least $7500. less than the Tesla “everyman’s EV.”