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2020 Tesla Changes

Teslas don't have model year change-overs where the cars are renewed or refreshed all on one timeline, but then these days, nobody else does, really. Here are all the changes for the Tesla models as compared to the 2019 calendar year. 

Model 3

2020 Tesla Model 3

The Standard Range entry-level model is no longer built, leaving the Standard Range Plus, at $39,990 (before tax credits) as the least expensive Tesla. The Mid Range and the rear-wheel drive Long Range are also gone, simplifying the line-up to: Model 3 Standard Range Plus, Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor, and Model 3 Performance. These have ranges on a full battery ranging from 250 to 330 miles. Performance models come standard with 20-inch wheels and have a 299-mile range.

Traffic Aware Cruise Control, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, Premium Seat Material, upgraded audio, HomeLink, Premium Connectivity, and power folding mirrors are all standard now.

Model S

2020 Tesla Model S

Another rung has fallen from the bottom of the ladder: previously all rear-wheel drive models were discontinued, now the entry-level 75D is gone from Tesla's website. Remaining 100D and P100D models have been renamed, following the nomenclature of the Model 3: Long Range and Performance. Range is up on both. The Long Range model is now EPA rated for 373 miles of maximum range, up from 335. This approaches gasoline car range, though diesels and hybrids still have much more range and of course gasoline cars can refuel much more quickly and in more places. 

Cold weather features are now standard: heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated windshield washers and heated wiper rests. The HEPA filtration system is now also standard as is XM satellite radio and Traffic Aware Cruise Control.

The two jump seats for children in the rear have been quietly removed as an option, making this a purely 5-passenger car.

Model X

2020 Tesla Model X

Model X also has its model names re-aligned and number of variations simplified. P100 becomes "Long Range" and P100D becomes "Performance." The 75D is no longer offered. Range is up: Long Range now 328 miles (previously 295); Performance is now 305 (previously 289).

Heated steering wheel, heated second and third row seats, heated washer nozzles, wiper defrosters, Traffic Aware Cruise Control, HEPA air filtration and satellite radio are now standard.

Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y from tesla.com

(Picture screen captured from tesla.com)

Completing the standard completement of Tesla models, the Model Y is the junior crossover variant of the Model 3. Available in Long Range rear-wheel drive, Long Range a--wheel drive and Performance (AWD) variants, it uses the same combinations of motors as the Model 3, with the exception of the Standard Range Plus. It was initially announced that a Standard Range at a cost of $39,000 would be offered, but it is unclear if that version will become avaiable. The least expensive version on the Tesla website is (Long Range RWD) is $48,000 before any incentives. The federal incentives may no longer apply once deliveries start.

At least at this time, the Model Y will offer a standard Premium package, including 12-way power front seats, heated front, middle and third row seats, driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel memory, automatic dimming, heated power folding side mirrors and more.

The Model Y will not utilize the controversial "Falcon Wing" rear doors that the Model X uses, nor will it have rear sliding doors, just conventional rear-opening doors. Standard will be seating for five with a 40-20-40 split folding rear seat. Two additional seats in a third row will be offered by 2021.


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