Tesla Model S tow hitch hinted in Design Studio source code

Tesla made a big splash yesterday with the official announcement of the long-awaited Model S and Model X refresh. The radically redesigned interior and the new steering wheel was the most talked about update, generating polarizing opinions about its utility and aesthetics.

A closer look at the source code of the new Model S Design Studio showed the new steering is likely going to be optional, as the yoke design isn’t legal in many parts of the world.

The source code also revealed another new feature may be coming soon to the flagship sedan, a tow hitch. Discovered by Drive Tesla reader @tesla_adri, the German version of the configurator reveals an optional “high-strength steel tow bar and removable hitch receiver“. The code unfortunately doesn’t reveal the towing capacity (click to enlarge).

Model S tow hitch Germany

Interestingly when reviewing the source code of the Canadian configurator, the tow option is also there but is worded slightly differently. It reveals the Model S might have a towing capacity of 3,500lbs.

Model S tow hitch

You might be wondering if this is leftover code from the Model X configurator, but the trailer hitch is standard on the electric SUV.

There haven’t been any clear pictures of the rear of the car to see if the newly designed rear bumper has a cover to hide the tow hitch, similar to the Model Y rear bumper.

Would you order a Model S with a optional tow package if one were available? Let us know in the comments below.

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