UPDATE, August 2019:
It's finally here! Click here to read and watch our first full Australian drive of the new Tesla Model 3.
Tesla fans, the wait is over. As of right now you're able to configure and order a Model 3 for delivery in Australia, more than three years after reservations opened.
Reservation holders, some of whom lined up overnight in March 2016 for their place in the queue, will get their cars first, but anyone keen on a Model 3 can place an order as of now.
Deliveries will start in August, with "reservation date, delivery location and configuration options" all playing a role in delivery order.
The line-up will start with the Standard Range Plus, priced from $66,000 before on-road costs with 460km of range on the (more lenient) NEDC test cycle. Top speed is pegged at 225km/h, and the 100km/h sprint takes 5.6 seconds.
That makes the base Model 3 pricier than the top-spec Hyundai Kona Electric Highlander by $1500, although it's $6000 more expensive than the base model. The plug-in Kona has a claimed 450km 'real-world' range figure – for comparison's sake, it'll do 557km on the NEDC test.
Moving to the dual-motor Performance bumps that price to $85,000 before on-roads, boosts claimed range to 560km and slashes the 100km/h sprint to just 3.4 seconds.
A black interior is the only option on either model, and both cars ride on 18-inch aero wheels as standard.
Performance buyers will be able to tick a $6200 box for the 'Performance Upgrade', which brings 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes, a carbon-fibre lip spoiler, lowered suspension, aluminium pedals and 'Track Mode',
Autopilot will be standard across the range, but the 'Full Self-Driving Capability' option will add $7100 to the starting price. Five colours are available: black, silver, blue, white and red. Black is standard, silver and blue are $1400, white is $2100, and red adds $2800 to the sticker.
It allows the car to automatically change lanes on the highway and park hands-free at the moment, but Tesla claims cars with the option will be able to recognise traffic lights and road signs, drive automatically and 'summon' later this year.
As for charging? Over to Tesla:
"To enable Supercharging of Model 3, which will come with a CCS Combo 2 charge port, dual charging cables supporting both CCS Combo 2 and Type 2 charging standards will be installed at Supercharger sites across Australia."
In the USA, the range kicks off with the Standard Range Plus (equivalent to $56k), jumping to the all-wheel drive Long Range (equiv. $70k), and topping out with the dual-motor Performance (equiv. $84.5k).
The order book opening in Australia means the right-hand drive Model 3 will be available in the UK, New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong.