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Tesla offering new Enhanced Autopilot option in Australia

Tesla buyers now have access to some of the features previously reserved for those who opted for Full Self-Driving, at around half the price.

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Tesla has made it easier for Australian buyers to access a full suite of driver assists in the Model 3 and Model Y.

The local configurator has gained an Enhanced Autopilot option, spotted by Twitter user SydEV.

Priced at $5100, it brings the navigate on Autopilot, auto lane-change, auto parking, and Summon functionality to the Model 3 and Y without forcing owners to pay $10,100 for the Full Self-Driving Capability (FSD) option.

The option is also offered on the Model S and Model X, but isn’t priced given those cars don’t have a current sticker price for Australia.

FSD is still available to local buyers, and adds the ability for the car to stop at traffic and stop signs, and the promise of autosteer on city streets.

Without the Enhanced Autopilot or FSD options, the Model 3 and Y feature adaptive cruise, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot assist.

The Enhanced Autopilot option has been added to some European configurators, along with ours.

Although it’s been offered for sale since the Model 3’s local launch, Full Self-Driving functionality has rolled out in Beta form to some North American owners but has remained off limits to Australian buyers.

That may change later this year, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The outspoken executive said Aussie (self) drivers will “probably” be able to access the feature “later this year“.

Pricing for the Model Y was revealed for Australia last week. The electric SUV kicks off at $68,900 before on-roads, and tops out at $98,689 before on-roads.

Wait times for the car have already blown out to 2023; the same timeframe as all members of the Model 3 range which, like the Model Y, is sourced from Tesla’s Shanghai factory.

The first batch of Model Ys is rumoured to consist of 3000 vehicles, while the second batch is rumoured to consist of 5000 vehicles. For reference, Tesla has sold 4481 Model 3s this year in Australia to the end of May.

The extended wait for the Model Y and the equally long wait time for the Model 3 means your chances of getting a new Tesla in 2022 are effectively nil, unless you had already ordered one.

The Model S and Model X remain off-sale, with Tesla accepting deposits but not offering any information about pricing or delivery timeframes.

Despite its less popular sedan format, the Model 3 has become far and away Australia’s most popular electric vehicle. It stands to reason the Model Y could perform even better given Australia’s love of SUVs.

In the US, which has a similarly strong appetite for SUVs, the Model Y has overtaken the Model 3 to become the brand’s best seller.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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