Tesla reintroduces the discontinued Long Range RWD Model 3 in China, with the Performance version coming next year

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Tesla’s Giga Shanghai is now manufacturing the Long Range (LR) rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Model 3, which was discontinued by Tesla in June 2019.

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Customers in China can order the new LR RWD Model 3 which is advertised to come with 668km (415 miles) of range. But don’t get too excited, as China uses the optimistic WLTP standard, which is typically 15-20% higher than the North American EPA ratings.

The price of the RWD Model 3 is ¥339,050 ($67,200 CAD) after local incentives are applied. The price is very attractive as it compares to the Standard Range Model 3 in China, which starts at ¥323,800 ($64,200 CAD).

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According to Tesla’s website, deliveries of the made-in-China LR RWD Model 3 will begin in June 2020.

Also new to China, the Performance Model 3 will begin deliveries in early 2021. It will be priced at ¥419,800 ($83,200 CAD). It is unclear at this time if the Performance variant will qualify for any local incentives.

Tesla China sales have been strong in both February and March this year, despite the coronavirus outbreak. In both months, Tesla accounted for more than 30% of all electric vehicle (EV) sales in the country.

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