Tesla Discontinues Cheapest Model X, S Variants, Cuts Prices to Simplify Lineup

Marco Green
July 16, 2019

"To make purchasing our vehicles even simpler, we are standardizing out global vehicle lineup and streamlining the number of trim packages offered for Model S, Model X and Model 3", the company said.

"The discontinuation of the standard-range variants, however, means a rise in starting prices - to $84,990 for the Model X and $79,990 for the Model S, excluding potential buying incentives". Bumping up to the Long Range Model 3 will cost $49,990 while the Performance will cost $54,990.

The idea behind the adjustments is to simplify the ordering experience for customers, to standardise the vehicle line-up globally - presumably a good idea for ease of manufacture - and to allow some wriggle room on pricing.

United States electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc has lowered the price of its mass-marked Model 3 and raised the prices of its premium Model X and S cars. "Like other auto companies, we periodically adjust pricing and available options". That's an increase of around $5,000 for the S and $4,000 for the X, albeit with greater range and performance over the old standard entry point.

The new "free" standard paint color has changed from black to white. Deliveries of the three Tesla vehicles were up 51% from the previous quarter, with the company's signature Model 3 accounting for around 80% of sales. It lifted the Model X to 790,900 yuan and Model S to 776,900.

While Tesla is lowering the price for those versions from current levels, they'll still cost more than the basic models that are being dropped. The Model X Performance runs $104,990 and similarly includes Ludicrous Mode as standard. You can only get Tesla's flagship cars in Long Range or Performance variants.

And for a Model X, Australian buyers would pay $131,900 for the Long Range trim (drive away $157,605 in NSW), and $149,600 for the Performance model ($181,765 drive away in NSW).

On Tuesday, Tesla also changed its prices in China, the world's largest market for electric vehicles.

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