It could offer over 400 miles of range.
When the Tesla Model 3 Long Range was launched, the electric sedan was capable of delivering an EPA-rating 310 miles on a single charge. Since then, the Model 3 Long Range has been optimized, resulting in an increased range of 322 miles based on EPA ratings. However, according to Bloomberg, Tesla is preparing to launch a new Model 3 variant in China with an even longer range as early as this week.
The publication's sources claim that Tesla's longer-range Model 3 being built for the Chinese market will offer a range of 404 miles on a single charge based on China's rating system, compared to 279 miles in China's base-spec Model 3.
If the longer-range Model 3 went on sale in the US, it would have around 355-365 miles of range based on the US EPA rating system. As for pricing, the new Model 3 variant will reportedly start at around 350,000 yuan ($49,539) before rebates, although exact pricing hasn't been confirmed. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range sold in the US starts at $44,500.
Tesla should be able to roll out the new Model 3 soon since operations have already resumed as China's car industry starts to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Since Tesla's China plant resumed production on February 10, capacity has increased to 3,000 cars per week. Impressively, that's an even higher capacity than when the plant was shut down. Production at Tesla's Gigafactory and Fremont plants in the US is still suspended, but the automaker is currently testing a prototype ventilator made from Model 3 car parts to treat patients infected by Covid-19.