A few weeks ago some keen eyed Tesla fans spotted something unusual in a drone flyover of the Fremont factory. Among a collection of refresh Model S vehicles fresh off the production line, one vehicle had what appeared to be a third row visible through the rear window.
With no such option on the Design Studio, this led to speculation that it could be coming soon.
While calling it the best car ever, Elon Musk confirmed the return of the third row in a tweet on Monday night, saying it will be able to seat up to 7 people.
7 people? 👀 https://t.co/Ay4ZM9uuRY
— Drive Tesla 🇨🇦 #FSDBetaCanada (@DriveTeslaca) March 23, 2021
This isn’t the first time Musk has said the new Model S will come with a third row. Back in September 2019 while the first Plaid prototypes were testing in Germany, he said the production version will come with 7 seats.
He again referenced the possibility of a third row more than a year later, saying “you never know” when asked if the feature was going to return.
Will the model S have third row option again?
— K10✨ (@Kristennetten) October 14, 2020
From what was seen in the drone flyover, it looks like Tesla may be ditching the original rear-facing jump seats (seen above) and opting for a more conventional forward facing third row, like that seen in the Model Y.
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