Elon Musk confirmed in a comment that Tesla’s refreshed new Model S can “accommodate up to 7 people” despite the automaker not yet offering it as an option.
When Musk first announced the Model S Plaid in 2019, the CEO said he would have the option to choose third-row booster seats, an option on the original Model S, but which then went on. been abandoned.
For the first years of production starting in 2012, Tesla offered a kit of two rear-facing seats that would fit in the trunk of the Model S.
That didn’t make the electric sedan a seven-seater, as the booster seats could only accommodate smaller children and the option wasn’t popular enough, so Tesla ditched it.
ElectrekSeth Weintraub had the jump seats in his 2013 Model S, and his kids enjoyed them for a few years until they got too big:
Now, since the new Model S Plaid was announced, Musk has vowed to bring the third row seats back in the Model S again, but this time he’s teased that he might even accommodate adults there.
However, when Tesla officially unveiled the new Model S and Model X refresh with the Model S Plaid in January, a seven-seat configuration was not an option.
But now in a new tweet, Musk reiterated that the new Model S “can accommodate up to 7 people”:
“The new Plaid S is our best car yet. Will be the first production car to reach 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds and it has four doors and can accommodate up to 7 people.
The fact that it’s not yet available in the configurator could mean that it will be available as an accessory after purchase from Tesla’s website, but it’s not clear at this point.
Musk was also specifically referring to the Plaid version of the Model S and not the Long Range or Plaid +.
Tesla has not yet started delivering any of these vehicles, but deliveries are expected to start overnight after the production lines at the Fremont plant are retooled.
We recently reported on a drone video capturing updated Model S vehicles at the start of production at the Fremont plant, and one of them appeared to have a third row of seats, although it is difficult to tell from a distance.
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