Tesla is continuously making changes to their vehicles, introducing new parts and features throughout the year.
The approach is different than that of legacy automakers which only makes changes with model year refreshes.
Tesla also sometimes removes features using the same approach, and the latest appears to impact the Model 3 Performance.
According to the online Design Studio, the high performance electric sedan no longer features “Lowered suspension,” as reference to this feature has been removed from the list of upgrades included with the model. (h/t: @tesla_adri)
Interestingly, you can visually see that Tesla still lowers the image of the vehicle when quickly switching between the Long Range and Performance models on the Design Studio.
UPDATE Feb 2 3:56pm PST: Tesla has now updated the Design Studio and the site no longer shows a difference in height between the Long Range and Performance Model 3. The Model Y Performance has seen no changes.
Reference to lowered suspension on Model 3 performance gone. So is the animation showing the difference pic.twitter.com/L3FMbEXYu2
— ⚡️Tesla Owners Online (@Model3Owners) February 2, 2022
Additionally, the change has not been reflected on the Model Y Performance configurator, which still lists the electric SUV as having lowered suspension.
Tesla has not commented on what the change could mean. Some owners have been speculating it could mean the introduction of air suspension, which has been rumoured to be coming to the Model 3 for years, despite assertions from CEO Elon Musk that it is not happening.
While we don’t have any information on this, it was not included in the long list of changes coming to the 2022 Model 3 and Model Y uncovered late last year.