Tesla 'simplifies' Model S and X options, raises base price

The rear-facing jump seats are gone from the Model S

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UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that "Tesla will only offer its 72-amp on-board charger in single phase markets, though that doesn't seem to affect buyers in the United States." This is incorrect and has been updated below.

Elon Musk said a few weeks ago that the options list of the Tesla Model S and X would be updated in order to "simplify the product offerings." That's now happened, and that simplification, which in large part applies to the colors and trim options in the vehicles' interiors, has resulted in quite a few changes to the all-electric sedan and crossover.

Buyers looking for a base Model S or X 75D will have to pay a thousand dollars more than before, with the S starting at $78,000 and the X at $84,000. On the flip side, the range-topping 100D models each drop by $500, the S falling to $96,000 and the X to $99,000. The Premium all-black interior now comes standard on all Model S and X vehicles, which we imagine is at least partly responsible for the base price increase, and the Cream and Black and White interior options drop from $3,300 to $1,500.

With this latest update, Tesla also removes its rear-facing jump seats from the Model S options menu. If you want to put more than five passengers in a Tesla, you'll need to step up to the Model X. The Model S also loses its panoramic sunroof option, though the all-glass roof is still available. According to Elektrek, the deletion of the sunroof means it's no longer possible to put a roof rack on the Tesla Model S.

As for the Model X, buyers no longer have the option of optioning the six-passenger version with a center console, though the standard six- and seven- passenger configurations remain. And finally, Tesla is switching from a 72-amp on-board charger to a 48-amp charger on all single-phase markets, while three-phase markets will carry on with the 72-amp charger.

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