The Californian automobile manufacturers have presented an unannounced third version of their Model 3 with a rear drive motor and a “mid range” battery for a basic price of $45,000. This version has a 260 mile (418 km) range, making it 50 km short of the long range version.
So far the new version is only listed for the North American market. The new battery is also not a larger battery, whose capacity is limited via software, but uses a long range battery packet with less cells. The new mid range version of the Model 3 is now also the only version to be offered with rear drive – the long range edition is now only available with AWD. CEO Elon Musk recently announced, however, that long range versions with rear drive could be purchased outside of the configurator. That sounds like leftovers.
Before anyone worries that the mid range option will replace the basic edition of the Model 3 priced at $35,000, it bears mentioning that the new announcement has no bearing on the schedule for the other version which will be ready in four to six months.
The price increase for the AWD Model 3, which has been fluctuating over the past few weeks, has also received another update. It is back to $5,000, making for a $54,000 price tag.