Can anyone confirm that Tesla is mailing that the third row is optional?
And if its true, why is it optional? Increase price? Not enough space?
I received the same e-mail. I can't answer the rest of your questions though.
I'm a newbie to this forum but still: thank God the third row is optional. Third row seating would keep me from buying this or any car. YMMV, obviously.
The 4th paragraph in the mailing states the following:
"We’ll also deliver a level of functionality and practicality that will exceed what you saw on the concept vehicle. We can confirm that all-wheel drive will come standard for Model X, and you’ll have the option to add a third row of seats to carry more passengers. You’ll also be able to fold down the second and third rows to create a flat platform for storage. When it comes to charging and long distance drives, Model X will be able to take full advantage of our rapidly growing Supercharger network."
3rd row option is great for me.
I need the storage space.
I also love the small trap door in the back of the MS that is for the optional 3rd seat. I would use that for stowing my emergency
gear and tools etc. this leaves the back looking clean and empty.
So Tesla. I see this as good
I have a Lexus SUV and the third row seats are sitting in the garage.
I have used them twice in 11 years. I'd rather rent a van for the two times I need more room
I have an model s, and personally am glad the 3rd row is an option. From the pics I have seen, it looks way to cramped and would rather 2nd row have more leg room. I would imagine base price is much lower without 3rd row. I bought a demo with 3rd row and have never used, wish I could sell it for what it cost. I imagine you can always buy one from a wrecked car in a couple of years and save money on the option if not need now.
I posted this in the other thread, but I will reword and post it here too. At first I was a little disappointed by the announcement that 3rd row will be an option, but after considering it a little, I realized that it does not have to be an expensive option, but not including it as standard will save Tesla a lot of money, because not everyone wants it. I know I need it because of having to drive my parents/in laws and kids and spouse require 6 or more seats. Not every person planning to buy the Model X will opt for the 3rd row seat, and this will save Tesla a ton of money. Why waste resources on something that will never be used. I doubt that the option will be free, but I cannot see the need to charge more than $1k to $2.5k for it either. I may only use the 3rd row a couple of times per year, but I would prefer to have it than not. I really would prefer not to have to rent a van.
The most popular car in the car pool.
SUV, crossover, van, wagon... I tend to think of those as different vehicles, different configurations. Ultimately, I guess it is fine that Tesla Motors will allow Customers to 'roll their own combo' with the Model X.
2nd Row Bench Seats/Stowable
2nd Row Captains Chairs/Removable
3rd Row Included/Fold Flat/Removable
3rd Row Optional