Tesla Model X history of changes by year

Last updated 15-Sep-2022

Over the years Tesla have made numerous changes to the car design and model line-up. We've tried to capture the history of each of the key hardware changes and model updates and in which year they occurred. The exact date is of little benefit as the transition is often blurred with cars appearing in different parts of the world with different specifications, for instance the 82kwh Long Range battery fitted to the Model 3 has varied by factory and country the cars have been delivered to.

The following is a list of the main changes we can find. We are sure there are some changes we may have missed, either due to small production numbers or country specific (Canada for instance had a compliance version of the Model 3) but feel free to email us with any significant errors and we'll happily take a look and see if we agree. We're also only recording the history of when features actually arrive, not when they are announced or promised.

We also have a list of the Tesla software release notes over the last few years, with the ability to filter by subject area to see how it has evolved.


Model X

2015 MX

Model X production starts with AP1 hardware.

2016 MS MX

MS and MX 60D were introduced as software limited 75 batteries.

2016 MS MX

MS P100D introduced superseding the P90D. The P100D initially had ludicrous as an option.

2016 MS MX

Mobileye Autopilot dropped and replaced with Tesla's own system, the hardware known as AP HW2. The first software package was called Enhanced Autopilot. The software took some time to be delivered through over the air updates.

2016 MS MX

Full Self-Driving Capability became an option although even in 2021 it offers virtually nothing beyond EAP.

2016 MS MX

A new vegan interior option and next-gen premium in-house seats for all its models

2016 MX

Second row seats change to a folding bench on 5 and 7 seaters.

2016 MX

Model X design changed to add a door close damper on the falcon wing doors preventing the paint wearing through

2017 MS MX

Interior options start becoming bundled as part of the basic car specification.

2017 MS MX

Tesla improves performance of the 75D which for many cars could be performed by a software update became known as Uncorking. 60Ds which were software limited 75Ds could also be uncorked if they upgraded the battery first.

2017 MS MX

Unlimited free supercharging became a referral benefit which did not transfer to the second owner

2017 MS MX

A number of EAP features finally arrived including basic summon.

2017 MX

Active spoiler dropped on MX

2018 MS MX

MCU upgraded to the MCU2, a faster system. This also resulted in the loss of AM radio

2018 MS MX M3

Wifi changed to also support 5GHz.

2018 MX

Tow bar became standard fit having previously been an option.

2018 MS MX

Premium pack, Premium Hifi and Cold Weather become standard on all models.

2018 MS MX

Bezel/surround colour changed to a smoked/grey colour.

2018 MS MX M3

Tesla introduce Pin to Drive, an optional security feature.

2018 MS MX

AP Hardware updated to HW2.5

2018 MS MX M3

Dashcam introduced for those with HW2.5 and above.

2018 MS MX

MS and MX key fobs changed to a version 2 which can be reprogrammed.

2019 MS MX M3

Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) features split, TACC and Lane keep becoming Autopilot and included in the standard car spec and the remaining features moving to Full Self Driving.

2019 MS MX

Smart air suspension changed to an Adaptive air suspension system on the MS and MX

2019 MS MX

Free unlimited supercharging stopped for all cars, then reintroduced on the MS and MX for the first owner only.

2019 MS MX

EU/Asia chargers updated to include CCS capability. Retrofit to older cars also became available

2019 MS MX M3

V3 superchargers launched and increases to V2 supercharger speed.

2019 MS MX

MS and MX front and non P rear motors changed to the permanent magnet version first seen in the M3. This improved the range of the MS and MX and with the adaptive air suspension system has been known as Raven.

2019 MS MX

As part of the motor change and Raven, model numbers on MS and MX changed to model names e.g. Standard Range, Long Range and Performance etc. Tesla also dropped publishing many of the detailed configuration codes on their new car listings.

2019 MS MX M3

Sentry mode introduced for those with HW2.5 and above.

2019 MS MX

The European UMC is changed to a 16A single phase version although connectors are available to make it a 32A single phase.

2019 MS MX M3

Navigate on Autopilot became available

2019 MS MX M3

Pedestrian sound generator added for some markets

2019 MS MX

Autopilot HW3 upgrades being selectively performed for cars with FSD option

2019 MS MX M3

Version 10 introduced including, subject to region and hardware, Smart Summon, Karaoke, Music and Podcasts and video streaming to the browser. Scheduled departure also added.

2019 MS MX M3

5% Power increase and 1 foot driving (Permanent magnet cars only, ie Raven MS and MX, and M3)

2019 MS MX M3

Ability to read and respond to text messages on all models

2019 MS MX M3

Autopilot enhancements regarding variable speed depending on adjacent lanes and stop sign identification. The ability to use these features typically varies by country.

2020 MS MX

Started to convert EAP to AP on CPO cars, and changed premium connectivity on used cars to a subscription model. This follows the previous changes to supercharging which was also removed from all used cars sold by Tesla.

2020 MS MX

Increased the battery range of the MS and MX Long Range creating the Long Range+. The increase is relatively small and buyers should be aware that this coincides with Tesla changing the warranty documentation to say they can remove range without penalty through a software update.

2020 MS MX

Upgrade option to MCU2 from MCU1 allowing owners to then have the benefits of the additional MCU2 features. This is initially linked to those who also have FSD as some of the driving benefits/visualisations of FSD require the MCU2 hardware.

2020 MS MX

Performance boost for Raven Performance models and new Cheetah stance launch. (SW 2020.12.5)

2020 MS MX M3 MY

A new suspected deep sleep mode to preserve battery life when the car is being left (SW 2020.12.5)

2020 MS MX M3 MY

Side cameras when in reverse (SW 2020.26). The side cameras now appear beneath the rear camera when selecting reverse. These cameras point backwards and not down so they do not operate as a surround view type camera setup.

2020 MS MX

Enhanced suspension options and dynamic brake lights (SW 2020.32.1)

2020 MS MX

New battery with slightly better range and performance (code BTXA)

2020 MS MX M3 MY

Improved security with the introduction of multi factor authentication

2020 MS MX M3 MY

Boombox feature added (the car needs to have the external speaker) and other tweaks as part of the end of year release.

2021 MS MX M3 MY

Subscription version of FSD now announced in the US. Up to date info can be found on our FSD FAQ

2021 MS MX M3 MY

Tesla introduce driver testing before allowing the deployment of the latest version of FSD.

2021 MS MX M3 MY

Supercharging network being trialled in some countries with other makes of car.

2021 MS MX

Cars built prior to November 2017 will need hardware updates to the cameras to enable FSD beta using Tesla Vision. This is in addition to the AP computer that has previously been known to need upgrading to HW3. Owners without FSD will need to pay before thay can purchase FSD.

2022 MS MX

A native CCS port has been incorporated into the rear light cluster in the 2021 Model S for markets that use CCS.

2022 MX

Small detail changes seen on the MS believed to be on the MX including a new charge flap design (presumably compatible with native CCS for Europe) and rear light details and trim. Headlights also appear updated.

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