Only weeks after the first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 started landing in Australia, the long-awaited electric sedan has gotten a fraction more expensive.
Tesla began taking deposits for the Model 3 back in 2016, holding onto $1500 deposits for an EV that started from $66,000 for the base model and had a minimum of $85,000 for the long-range model. The first deliveries of the Model 3 have just arrived in Australia, but as Driven first reported this afternoon, you'll have to fork over an extra $1000 or so depending on the model if you want to get on the Tesla train now.
The updated page now lists the minimum price for the base Model 3 at $67,900, with an estimated delivery date of October. The Long Range model's new price is now $85,900, while the Performance version will set you back $92,900 and the delivery on all models has gone up by $500.
All of these prices are with the stock options as well, so if you want that flash Tesla Red coat, you'll have to add another $2900. The special white interior still costs an extra $1500, and if you want the full self-driving capability that enables autopark and auto lane changing, that's another $8500.
The most likely reasoning behind the price hike is the recent drop in the Australian dollar against the U.S. Cars in Australia attract GST, stamp duty and, especially in the case of a Tesla, the luxury car tax, although Canberra has an exemption on the latter for electric vehicles.
It's fortunately not a huge impost, and if you were prepared to drop around $70,000 on a Tesla then another grand probably won't give you much pause.
You can check out the full prices for all models and customisations from the Tesla website.
It's no secret that the Tesla Model S shares a lot of components with other cars, especially when it comes to modules that control various features inside of the cabin. Using parts from cars like the Ford Fusion and the Mercedes E-Class made sense for Tesla's first mainstream sedan outing as a small but growing manufacturer. Yet one of the questions with the Model 3 was whether Tesla would follow the same pattern or use more in-house components.