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Tesla Drops Model 3 Mid Range, Increases Peak Power By 5 Percent

Right after the grand unveiling of the Model Y, Tesla decided to drop the Model 3 Mid Range from the lineup. Introduced in October 2018, this version of the electric sedan from Fremont, California used to retail at $45,000 before savings.
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Mid Range is Tesla for 260 miles of range, and if you ask us, the introduction of the Standard Range is the culprit here. Priced at $35,000 and capable of 220 miles of range, the entry-level specification can be upgraded to 240 miles for an additional $2,000 (Standard Range Plus as Tesla calls the option).

Coincidence or not, the Model Y won’t be available with the Mid Range either. Elon Musk announced the lineup on Thursday’s world premiere, consisting of the Standard Range, Long Range, Dual Motor, and Performance. Nevertheless, we’re still inclined to think the 20-mile difference between the Standard Range Plus and Mid Range is what’s what.

Tesla hasn’t stopped there, but also increased the peak power of all Model 3 variants through an over-the-air update. According to the Palo Alto-based automaker. firmware version 2019.8.2 levels up the output “by approximately 5 percent, improving acceleration and performance.” While not much, it’s a welcome improvement nevertheless.

It’s hard to think of another automaker that would do this to existing customers, for free. Can you imagine General Motors upgrading the Chevrolet Camaro from 2.0 to the 3.6-liter V6 without charging a dime for the engine and labor? Neither can we, going to show that Tesla doesn’t do customer care like the rest of the automotive industry.

Launched in July 2017, the Model 3 now numbers in the 223,000s according to Bloomberg's tracker. Weekly production is estimated at 5,867 examples of the breed. Nissan, on the other hand, claims that it had produced more than 400,000 units of the Leaf to date.

Elsewhere in the lineup, the Model S promises up to 335 miles of range and starts at $79,000 before savings. The Model X can’t do better than 295 miles because of aerodynamics and curb weight. Pricing for the electric crossover starts at $88,000 in the United States.


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