April 11, 2019 – In another recent lineup change, Tesla has made the basic Autopilot option (ostensibly stop-and-go distance cruise control with lane centering) standard on Model 3 cars. Full Self-Driving is still a paid option on all vehicles. The result is a higher base price for the Model 3 variants.
This comes after a recent Autopilot lineup change in March where the company brought back Full Self-Driving in order simplify the options and assuage customers who previously purchased the option but never received delivery.
From Tesla’s blog on making Autopilot standard.
In addition, Tesla is removing the recently released $35,000 Model 3 (the Standard range) from online sales resulting in the Standard Plus becoming the low-end model at $39,500. You can still request the $35K model, but it’s an off-menu item you must request at stores or over the phone. All this is an effort by Tesla to reduce costs while maximizing revenue in order to become cashflow positive following a tough quarter in Q1 of 2019.
For more on the new lineup see our New Autopilot Options article.