Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is only available as a special order

Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is only available as a special order

In Germany, Tesla is charging a base price of 44,500 euros (plus a handling fee of 980 euros) for this version, which offers a WLTP range of 415 km.

Now, in the latest course correction, Tesla says it will end online sales of the long-awaited $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan, its lowest-priced offering, and make other changes that will effectively raise the price of the vehicle for many customers. Customers who want this version from now on won't be able to get it from Tesla's online ordering menu.

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

Opting for the Standard Range Model 3 via software limitation also disables various features including the onboard music streaming service navigation with live traffic, and heated seats. See, the standard Model 3 will now ship as a less powerful version of the Standard Plus, limited by tweaked software.

The change to the Model 3 pricing options is part of a move by Tesla to simplify its lineup.

Autopilot is now a standard feature on all vehicles, but importantly, it's being added for a lower cost than the Autopilot option use to command.

The electric vehicle maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3, which starts at $39,500 and is now the lowest-price option available to digital consumers, along with higher-end models.

Buyers can still order the cheapest Model 3 via a phone order or at a physical Tesla store. The company mentions that it used to cost an extra $3,000 on top of the $37,500 you'd need to spend on the Standard Plus to get Autopilot, so in this case, you're saving $1,000.

Every Telsa Model 3 will come with Auto-pilot as standard. Tesla will begin delivering the Model 3 Standard this weekend, according to the post.

The Model 3 Standard Range is the only Model 3 variant to escape a price hike, as well.

It's important to highlight that "customers who choose leasing over owning will not have the option to purchase their vehicle at the end of the lease".

The Model 3 Standard Range Plus will lease for $504 a month, with $3,000 down for 36 months, with 10,000 miles per year There's a caveat: Lessees can't buy out their cars at the end of the lease.

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