Tesla Model S sales are beginning to slip. Its solution to the dwindling deliveries might to be fit the Model S with the bare-bones interior from the Model 3.
- Facing dwindling sales, Tesla cut prices on Model S by $3,000 and Model X by $2,000.
- Tesla reportedly planning to refresh Model S with interior from Model 3 plus a new 400-mile battery pack.
- It is also said to be combining Model S and X production lines in its Fremont, California plant to make room for Model Y.
Tesla has often said that, unlike traditional automakers, it doesn’t need to refresh its cars. That’s because it’s constantly improving current vehicles with over-the-air updates. And it does do that. However, with declining sales figures, Tesla is reportedly planning to refresh the Model S this September. Amongst its biggest changes will be the sedan’s new stripped-down interior, borrowed from the smaller Model 3.
Earlier this week, Tesla slashed prices (yet again) on the Model S and Model X, which were reduced by $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. According to a report from CNBC, Tesla insiders confirmed that the pure-electric automaker is looking to entice potential buyers further by fitting a freshened Model S with a 400-mile battery pack and the seats from the top trim Model 3. Plus, it has added a free Supercharger incentive to bring buyers into company stores in the meantime.
Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is weighing producing the company’s newest vehicle, the Model Y compact crossover, in 2019 at its Fremont, California plant. Mind you, building it this year would be two years earlier than was previously announced at the 3’s debut in March of this year.
Early indications that the company is moving toward that conclusion are strong. The company is currently reshuffling — or what Musk calls “upgrading” — the Bay Area production facility and moving Model S and Model X onto the same production line. This, in order to make room for the high-volume Model Y.
The company is currently scrambling to find any easy way to re-energize sales. It seems people are not that excited by the aging Model S and X vehicles. So Musk might have to do what he likely aimed never to do, and refresh the Model S (again).