Tesla is still limiting the options on the Model 3 to a single interior configuration over 6 months after the start of production.
It’s not clear yet when more options will be available, but a Model 3 with a different interior was spotted in the wild this week.
The Model 3’s only configuration currently in production comes with the $5,000 ‘Premium Interior’ package, which includes synthetic leather seats, wood décor, and a series of premium features.
More options are expected to be made available, but the only details that Tesla officially released is that the standard interior will have ‘textile seating’ instead of the synthetic leather and that “an optional white interior” will also be made available.
Electrek reader Scott Bora managed to actually spot a Model 3 vehicle with a white interior on the road in Daly City, California yesterday:
Ahead of the Model 3 launch in July, Tesla made all its seat options vegan with the “faux leather” synthetic material and fabric options.
Prior to the change, Tesla was offering a white interior option with this synthetic material and it looks like it is the same material in this Model 3.
The vehicle was equipped with manufacturer plates, which means that it is operated by the automaker.
I think we are going to see the white interior option soon – or at least sooner than the standard interior.
In its shareholders letter released last week, Tesla announced that it is changing its plan for the rollout of new Model 3 options:
“We plan to optimize the options mix in order to maximize gross margin.”
Based on the change in delivery windows that followed, Tesla pushed the availability of the less expensive standard battery pack and accelerated the rollout of the more expensive dual motor powertrain.
But I think it also makes it more likely that the white interior, which I expect will be the same price as the Premium Interior or more expensive, will be made available sooner than the standard interior.
Both moves are in line with Tesla making more expensive options available first in order to “maximize gross margin.”
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