Significant change coming to Tesla Model 3

Significant change coming to Tesla Model 3

There is a small but significant change coming to the updated Tesla Model 3 electric car – and not everyone is a fan. If you prefer a conventional indicator stalk versus buttons on the steering wheel, time is running out.

Tesla buyers in Australia have their last opportunity to order the Tesla Model 3 electric sedan with a conventional indicator stalk before deliveries of the updated version are due to commence locally early next year.

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 was revealed last month with buttons on the steering wheel instead of a conventional indicator stalk.

The right-side indicator stalk also previously operated as a gear selector, which for 2024 will now be accessed via the Model 3’s interior display – a change that has been met with dismay from many prospective customers on social media.

And it appears there are not many of the runout model left on the Tesla Australia website, which shows a handful of soon-to-be-superseded Model 3 sedans available with less than 50km on the odometer.

This includes an entry-level Tesla Model 3 priced from $58,800 before on-road costs – which is the $57,400 base price plus the $400 order and $1400 delivery fees – with Long Range examples also with less than 50km on the odometer priced from $69,380, with multiple examples of the car available from $73,300.

As previously reported, the updated Tesla Model 3 electric sedan comes with sleeker headlights and new wheel designs – and an upgraded interior with ambient lighting.

Aerodynamic improvements promise a longer driving range, while the suspension has been retuned for better comfort over bumps.

The outgoing Tesla Model 3 now starts from $61,900 before on-road costs, order and delivery fees (or $63,700 with order and delivery fees) and remains at its lowest price since mid 2022, however data on the company’s Australian website shows remaining stock is limited.

After six price adjustments – up and down – over this year alone, the Tesla Model 3 is still cheaper than it was at the start of this year when it was $63,900 before on-road costs, order and delivery fees.

It’s also cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 sedan’s $66,000 starting price when Australian order books opened in May 2019.

The latest price change came in September 2023 after the previous price reduction of $3900 for the entry-level Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive single-motor and Long Range dual-motor versions came into effect in July 2023.

That was the lowest price the Tesla Model 3 has been offered in Australia, at $57,400 and $70,400 respectively.

That also came with a bigger price reduction of $6955 for the Model 3 Performance variant to $83,400, which dropped it below the ‘efficient vehicle’ $89,332 Luxury Car Tax threshold.

The Tesla Model 3 Performance edition is currently not available to order on Tesla’s Australian website. The flagship model was not part of the company’s 2024 Model 3 announcement, though a new version is expected to arrive at a later date.

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