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Good news! The Dacia Sandero still isn’t coming to Canada, but if you’ve been on the wait list for the “entry level” Tesla Model 3, the affordable Muskmobile has now received its official Canadian pricing. And it turns out that it’ll actually be a little cheaper than expected, but this comes with a rather serious caveat.

According to Electrek has confirmed that the first Model 3 electric cars to be sold outside of the United States will indeed be headed to Canada. Invitations to Canadian pre-order customers are being sent out this week, granting you the opportunity to configure your hot new EV with the specs and features you want.

So, let’s start with the good news. The starting price for the Tesla Model 3 in Canada has been confirmed at $45,600 Canadian. When you compare that to the USD starting price and work through prevailing exchange rates, Canadians will only be paying about $350 (USD) more than their American counterparts.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the $45,600 entry-level configuration will not be available for purchase until “early 2019.” That model comes with a “standard battery” with about 354 km of range and standard equipment. That means you get a 0 to 100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds, self-driving hardware (but you need to pay for Autopilot software), 15-inch touchscreen, Supercharging support, rear glass roof, WiFi/LTE connectivity, OTA updates, LED lighting, and an 8-year, 160,000 km battery warranty.

Tesla Model 3 Starts at $45,600 in Canada, But...

If you want to get your Canadian hands on a Tesla Model 3 sooner, you’ll need to pony up an about an extra $20,000. The Canadian launch configuration comes with a longer-range battery (499 km), rear-wheel drive, and premium upgrades throughout. That one starts at $64,100. You can then tack on customization features like wheel size, exterior color (Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat, Red Multi-Coat), and Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving Capability.


Depending on the options you add, you could steer well north of that $64,100 “starting” price, but it means that you’ll be able to get your Model 3 sooner, currently slated for “mid 2018.” The reservation list will go through priority order, starting with employees, then current Tesla owners, then new customers. Deliveries could start as early as April if they keep up the same four week timeline as cars ordered in the US.

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