A promised feature is no longer happening.
It took an eternity for the entry-level $35,000 Tesla Model 3 to arrive, but this isn’t the only Model 3 variant we’ve been waiting for. Back in 2017, Elon Musk announced plans to offer air suspension in the dual-motor Model 3, which comes as standard in the Model S sedan and Model X SUV.
Originally, this model was slated to arrive at the start of 2018, but it still isn’t available over a year later. However, according to a Twitter post by Elon Musk on Twitter, plans for a Model 3 with air suspension have been scrapped.
"No plans to introduce air suspension on Model 3 at this time,” Musk said in response to a user on Twitter. Of course, since Musk claimed the Model 3 will get air suspension, the electric sedan has been plagued with production problems. As a result, the dual-motor version was delayed by nearly a year. Tesla’s priority right now is to keep up with the Model 3's demand, so adding this new complicated feature probably isn’t wise when the company is trying to simplify the manufacturing process and keep production costs down.
In the Model S and Model X, the air suspension can be used to adjust the vehicle ride height to improve the handling, efficiency, and ride comfort. Using the touchscreen, the vehicle can be lowered when entering a steep driveway, navigating snow, or unloading passengers and belongings. Thanks to its GPS location detection, settings are remembered and reapplied automatically.
The air suspension system in the Model S and Model S was recently upgraded with fully adaptive damping to provide a smoother ride and more responsive handling. It remains to be seen if the Tesla Model Y will be offered with air suspension, since the tech is arguably better suited to SUVs.