Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Standard Range has better interior than originally planned

Recently Tesla decided to make the $35,000 Model 3 Standard Range a software limited version of Model 3 Standard Range Plus but that wasn’t the original plan. Originally, SR was supposed to have a trimmed down interior compared to SR+, with textile seats and no center console.

The first table shows Tesla’s original plan. The second one shows the current implementation.

Tesla’s Original Plan: This table is based on a paper sheet Reddit user /u/convincemeh received at a Tesla store. He posted it here on 20 March 2019. At the time, I created this version to make it easier to read:

Current Implementation: This table is based on the updated list TeslaMotorsClub forum user Brad_80995 received from Tesla. He posted it here on 19 April 2019.

According to Tesla’s original plan, SR+ would have the following 8 features not available in SR:

  • LED fog lamps
  • Limited Immersive Sound instead of none
  • 8 speakers instead of 7
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • 12-way power adjustable front seats
  • Center console with storage, 4 USB ports, and docking for 2 smartphones
  • Open pore wood or white décor with aluminium accents
  • Vegan leather seats instead of textile

However, based on the current implementation, there are only 2 differences:

  • LED fog lamps
  • Limited Immersive Sound instead of none

Therefore, SR buyers are getting the following 6 features Tesla wasn’t planning to include:

  • 8 speakers instead of 7
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • 12-way power adjustable front seats
  • Center console with storage, 4 USB ports, and docking for 2 smartphones
  • Open pore wood or white décor with aluminium accents
  • Vegan leather seats instead of textile

 

My Opinion:

SR is an excellent deal but I don’t think it’s going to last for too long. Buyers considering the SR should buy it before it’s gone. Tesla used to discontinue trim levels suddenly without warning. They were getting lots of criticism for that. Buyers who were planning to buy that trim level couldn’t buy it anymore while buyers who recently bought that trim level were surprised that their car was already discontinued.

Then Tesla came up with the off-menu method to smooth the transition from available to discontinued. It seems to work well. However, anybody who follows Tesla closely knows that off-menu means soon-to-be-discontinued.

Model S/X/3 trim levels Tesla released so far:

Model S 40
Model S 60
Model S 60D
Model S 70
Model S 70D
Model S 75
Model S 75D
Model S 85
Model S P85
Model S P85+
Model S 85D
Model S P85D
Model S 90
Model S 90D
Model S P90D
Model S 100D
Model S P100D

Model X 60D
Model X 70D
Model X 75D
Model X 90D
Model X P90D
Model X 100D
Model X P100D

Model 3 SR
Model 3 MR
Model 3 LR
Model 3 SR+
Model 3 LR AWD

Model 3 P

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