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Hoping to simplify vehicle assembly, Tesla tweaked its online car configurator over the weekend, culling numerous options from both the Model S and X. This translates into a price bump for more-basic models and a few dollars saved on the higher trims, but less choice overall. The Model S ($78,000) and X 75D ($84,000) now cost a grand more and offer improved interiors, but the 100D units cost $500 less than before. Meanwhile, all trims play host to a slimmer options list.

It was an expected move, as the brand has previously limited options to grease the wheels of production. Elon Musk said the company would embrace further streamlining to “simplify the product offerings” last month, but it’s a little surprising how far the company went. 

All interiors are now premium grade and default to black. However, Tesla is cutting optional fabric patterns and hues from $3,300 to $1,500. Electrek, which did a complete rundown of the changes, said “Black Textile” is gone from the website but would remain available upon special requests. The 100Ds offer the ability to upgrade from wooden interior trim to carbon fiber but abandon creme as a viable fabric choice. You’ll only be able to have them with black or black-and-white interiors.

The Model S has also lost the rear-facing child seats, 21-inch “Black Arachnid” wheels, and panoramic sunroof. The full glass roof will be the only available topper (so, no roof racks) while the special wheels will become available as an aftermarket accessory, instead of a factory option. However, Electrek says the carbon fiber spoiler will become standard gear for the 100D. A nice gesture but not much of a game changer.

Meanwhile, the Model X loses the option to configure it with 6 seats and a rear center console. Customers can still order it to seat 6 or 7, just without the big toilet bowl cup holders taking up space in the middle of the vehicle. Our best guess is that the change is due to Tesla wanting to maximize utility on the Model X and push more buyers into it. This also might be why it axed the rear-facing seats in the Model S — which was one of its more interesting options.

Electrek presumes Tesla’s choice to equip its more expensive models with premium interiors was made to further differentiate them from the Model 3, but you can’t discount the company’s need for hefty, sustained revenue. It’s why there’s still no base, $35,000 Model 3 in American driveways. Thus far, the compact electric has only been sold only in higher-end guises, though a more affordable variant is expected to (finally) roll out early next year.  The Model X and S are also slated for an interior refresh in 2019.

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