This week Tesla is rolling out a host of updates to its Model S and Model X, including changes that will enable additional range out of both models. The changes are largely stemming from a trickle-down of equipment already offered on the Model 3.
Specifically, Tesla is swapping out the front motor of both the Model S and Model X with the same permanent magnet motor found at the front axle of the Model 3. This engine is more efficient than the induction motor currently in both vehicles, allowing Tesla to squeeze more range out of its Long Range model variants with the same 100 kWh battery pack.
In the case of the Model S, its maximum range is increasing from 335 to 370 miles. The Model X Long Range increases to 335, from a current 295 miles.
Along with more range, Tesla says they will be able to charge faster as well. The Model S and Model X are now capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers and 145 kW on V2 Superchargers.
Tesla is also bringing back the Standard Range variants of both the Model S and Model X. This is driving down the base price of the Model S to $79,200, while the Model X will now start at $84,200. The company is also allowing owners of the Model S and Model X who upgrade to the high-end Performance model to add Ludicrous Mode as no additional cost. The stupid fast feature usually costs $20,000.
Rounding out the changes is a new air suspension system in both vehicles, which Tesla says will provide a more comfortable ride.
The updated Tesla Model S and Model X range is available today on the company’s website. Production of both is commencing this week, according to the Tesla.