Tesla is fond of doing middle-of-the-night updates to their product line, and today they simplified their options on Model S and X once again, making several options standard and merging others into a single “Premium Upgrades Package.”
The main changes are that Model S and X now come with various upgraded lighting options included (LED fog lights, three-position LED turning headlights, lighted door handles and ambient interior lighting) and all models now include air suspension, which previously wasn’t even available on the 75, as standard. Meanwhile the upgraded sound, XM satellite radio (requires sunroof), bioweapon defense mode, and subzero package (heated rear seats, steering wheel and wipers) have all been merged into a single $5,000 option on Model S. The Model X Premium Upgrades Package includes all of the above, plus self-presenting front doors for $6,000.
It looks like there have been a few other changes in terms of available wheel options. The Model S has 19″ silver slipstream wheels included, upgradeable to 19″ gray slipstream wheels for $2,500 or 21″ grey turbine wheels for $4,500. Model X options are similar, with the base 20″ silver wheels included, 20″ Sonic Carbon Wheels for $3,000, or 22″ Onyx Black wheels for $5,500. There is no longer an option for silver upsized wheels on either model at this moment.
Tesla still offers various interior color configurations, which are mostly available for a $3,300 upcharge from the standard all-black interior. Seats are available in white, black or “cream” (which looks lighter than the tan interiors which Tesla has offered before) and carbon fiber decor can be added for an additional $250 on top of any of the upgraded interior options.
Battery, drive and performance options remain unchanged, as does the sunroof option (which is still required for XM satellite radio). Enhanced autopilot ($5,000) and Full Self-Driving Capability ($3,000) are still separate options, as are the various seating options – Model S rear-facing child seats ($4,000), and the $4,500 six-seat option or $3,000 seven-seat option for the Model X.
Tesla does unannounced option changes like this overnight fairly often, and often these are done to reduce production complexity. There’s been a lot of effort put into streamlining production in preparation for the imminent Model 3 launch. This seems like the latest move towards that. The factory will already be in enough chaos while Tesla tries to rapidly ramp up to triple their previous production capacity (with an additional 20,000 cars per month by the end of the year), so simplifying production will definitely pay dividends when the Model 3 is ramping up.