It seems every few months Tesla tweaks their trim levels. This time the company appears to have axed the rear-wheel drive versions of the Model S and Model X vehicles. The move means the base price for both models has increased again.
Tesla last modified the trim levels of its premium products back in April. At the time it made the Model S 75 the base model of the lineup and the sole rear-wheel drive variant of the sedan. According to CarScoops Tesla announced in their monthly newsletter that the Model S and Model X 75 have been discontinued, leaving only the 75D, 100D and P100D. The “D” designating dual-motors; one on the front axle and one on the rear, making all-wheel drive.
With the changes, the new base price of the Model S will be $74,500, while the Model X will come in at $79,500.
The changes are not necessarily unexpected. As the company has been in the process of launching the Model 3 sedan, it has consistently tweaked the Model S and Model X lineups to push them further up-market. Tesla is trying to create greater differentiation between the Model 3 and its premium products.
Right now the Model 3 is only available in rear-wheel drive configuration, but that will eventually change. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the company plans to offer a dual-motor option of the Model 3 sometime in 2018.