By on May 28, 2019

Months after promising a $35,000 base Model 3 in the United States, Tesla appears to have only just recently begun offering the “Standard Range” variant to the public. The vehicle comes with locked features and a 10-percent reduction in maximum range. However, most of the models milling around on public roads appear to be Standard Range Plus variants waiting on an over-the-air update to convert them into a normal SR.

Meanwhile, Tesla is looking at the Chinese market and calculating what the Model 3 will be worth there. It’s even asking Asian customers to hazard a guess as to what its base MSRP will be, claiming it has a big announcement scheduled for May 31st. 

Bloomberg, which has already taken a stab at Tesla’s guessing game, cites inside sources who claim Tesla is currently considering pricing the vehicle between 300,000 yuan ($43,400) and 350,00 yuan ($50,600) before incentives. However, at least one source claims the official Chinese MSRP has yet to be finalized, and was unable to confirm if the end-of-month announcement is even related to the matter.

Considering that Chinese production of the Model 3 is still months away, Friday’s announcement has a decent chance of being about something else. Still, Tesla’s effort to encourage future customers to estimate the vehicle’s price means the company is actively thinking about it.

Certification documents from nearby Australia suggest Tesla will bring the pricier Performance and Long Range variants of the Model 3 for its initial launch, and the same could be true for China — meaning the global rollout would mimic what we’ve seen in the United States. Lower-margin variants probably won’t be a priority until worldwide demand for the well-equipped Model 3 peters out.

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9 Comments on “Don’t Expect a $35,000 Tesla Model 3 in China or Australia...”

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    Australia will be a good market for these…no winter weather.
    The model 3s in Quebec are looking like a 72 Vega after one winter of road salt.

    • 0 avatar

      Do you have a link for that? I’m interested to read about it. All the Model 3’s I’ve seen in Quebec seem in good shape. Well, other the front end. They’re all ugly from the factory.

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    SCE to AUX

    “Don’t Expect a $35,000 Tesla Model 3 in China or Australia”

    This was never promised, so it’s a non-story.

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    “Don’t Expect a $35,000 Tesla Model 3”


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    LOL, I’m pretty sure Accords and Camrys are $50K in Australia at least, so yeah,probably not. My wife is from Canberra,and while I love the country, holy crap is it ridiculously expensive. I won’t even go anymore when she visits,because we’ll drop $$$$$$ even with free lodging.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah no, a Camry starts at $27k AU, which is about $18.5kUS, compared to the US price of $23k. Australia’s fine, you want to see expensive try Japan.

      • 0 avatar

        Wow, that’s pretty reasonable. Was there a tariff that ended? Because I remember some serious sticker shock,though to be fair I’ll never be able to drive on the left, so I didn’t pay much attention.

        • 0 avatar

          I believe the last change in imported vehicle tariffs was about 15 years ago. There’s still a 5% tariff today, despite local manufacturing ending in late 2017.

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