2019 Tesla Model 3 pricing announced for Australia

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Australian pricing and specifications have been released for the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 electric sedan, ahead of customer deliveries starting in August.

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Above: what the Australian Model 3 configurator looks like.

Tesla is launching with two variants, marketed at different price points.

The range opens with the Standard Range Plus, priced from $66,000 plus on-road costs (around $70,500 drive-away). It packs a 55kWh lithium-ion battery that enables 460km of range on the lenient NEDC cycle (or 381km on the stricter WLTP test cycle) – meanwhile, its rear-mounted 225kW electric motor allows it to sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds, toward a 225km/h top speed.

Standard equipment includes a 15-inch central touchscreen that controls all of the car’s functions, along with 18-inch alloy wheels with aero covers, Autopilot semi-autonomous driving capability and the ‘Partial Premium Interior’, which includes 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, ‘premium’ upholstery, a glass roof and power folding mirrors.

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The only options available for the Plus are premium paint – silver and blue cost $1400, white costs $2100 and red is $2800 – and full self driving functionality, priced at $7100.

Sitting atop the range is the Performance, priced from $85,000 plus on-roads ($94K drive-away). The main upgrade is the drivetrain, as the range-topper gets two motors, one on each axle – total power output is rated at 350kW, enough for a 3.4 second 0-100km/h sprint time and a 261km/h top speed. The battery has been given a boost to 75kWh – range is claimed at 560km on the NEDC cycle, or 530km according to WLTP regulations.

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Standard equipment is largely identical to the SR+, although the Performance gets heated rear seats, satellite-view maps with live traffic, an automatic garage door opener and a 14-speaker premium sound system.

The base model’s options carry over too, but are joined by the ‘Performance Upgrade’ pack. For $6200, it adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, larger brakes, a carbon-fibre lip spoiler, a ride height drop, metallic pedals and Track Mode.

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Above: Aussie Model 3 interior.

Deliveries for the Tesla Model 3 commence in August, with reservation holders set to be prioritised.

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