Tesla begins shipping long-range five-seat Model X to customers
After launching the refreshed Model X Plaid exclusively as a six-seater, Tesla has started offering five-seater variants of its flagship electric crossover.
It will no doubt be a welcome addition to the Model X lineup, as many owners would rather maximize the vehicle’s rear cargo space than carry more passengers. Also, the five-seat Model X doesn’t bring any extras, unlike the six- and seven-seat interior options.
Reports of five-seat Model X vehicles being delivered to customers have surfaced on Tesla Motor Club over the weekend, an owner sharing photos of his Long Range model and confirming several interior features.
Image source: 209Driver on Tesla Motors Club
Much like its predecessor, the refreshed five-seater Model X features a 60/40 split second row, with the widest part being on the driver’s side. When the second row is folded down, it creates a flat surface that sits flush with the trunk floor, dramatically increasing Model X’s cargo capabilities.
Curiously, the new Model X doesn’t have wireless charging in the second row, although the refreshed Model S does. However, the vehicle has two USB ports. We can also spot the Model X coat hooks in the luggage compartment.
Interestingly, after Teslarati picked up the story and posted it on Twitter, Elon Musk replied, revealing he’s not a big fan of the five-seat Model X and prefers the six-seat variant.
“The six-seater Model X is the best imo. There are times when I only want to offer this variant.”
The Tesla CEO probably has other considerations in mind when he says this compared to the average customer. In October 2021, the electric vehicle maker said it would only produce the Model X’s six-seat configuration for the “first months.“
The decision to simplify the lineup was likely made to streamline production, as Tesla had delayed Model X deliveries for too long. Additionally, the six-seat option adds $6,500 to the price of a five-seat Model X. , so it’s not hard to see why Musk favors this setup.
Now that Tesla has begun deliveries of the five-seat Model X Long Range, customers who ordered seven-seat variants are hoping their vehicles will start shipping soon. Will Tesla also offer five- and seven-seat configurations of the Model X Plaid? That seems unlikely given Musk’s comment, but time will tell.