Tesla Model X – Changes and updates list

01 August 2023

Tesla Model X charging near harbour front

The Tesla Model X was the second car that Tesla started producing and has had quite a few changes and updates over the years. You can find all important (and some less important) updates down below in the table in chronological order. This data is provided by https://tesla-info.com/ and is our source for future updates and changes as we add these to the list. This list focuses mostly on hardware changes, but there are some Software updates mentioned in the list as ‘SW’. Detailed software changes can be found here.

Note that the list only lists contains actual changes made and does not include announcements.

List updated on 1st of August 2023.

Model X production starts with AP1 (autopilot) hardware.
Model X and Model S 60D were introduced as software limited 75 batteries.
Model S P100D introduced, superseding the P90D. The P100D initially had ludicrous as an option.
Mobileye Autopilot dropped and replaced with Tesla’s own system, the hardware known as AP HW2. The first software package was called EAP (Enhanced Autopilot). The software took some time to be delivered through over-the-air updates.
Full Self-Driving Capability became an option although even in 2021 it offers virtually nothing beyond EAP.
A new vegan interior option and next-gen premium in-house seats for all models.
Second row seats change to a folding bench on 5 and 7 seaters.
Model X design changed to add a door close damper on the falcon wing doors, preventing the paint wearing through.
Interior options start becoming bundled as part of the basic car specification.
Tesla improves performance of the 75D, which for many cars could be performed by a software update known as Uncorking. 60Ds, which were software limited 75Ds could also be uncorked if they upgraded the battery first.
Unlimited free supercharging became a referral benefit, which did not transfer to the second owner.
A number of EAP features finally arrived including ‘basic summon’.
Active spoiler dropped on Model X.
MCU upgraded to the MCU2, a faster system. This also resulted in the loss of AM radio.
Wifi changed to also support 5GHz.
Tow bar became standard fit having previously been an option.
Premium pack, Premium Hifi and Cold Weather become standard on all models.
Bezel/surround colour changed to a smoked/grey colour.
Tesla introduce Pin to Drive, an optional security feature.
AP Hardware updated to HW2.5.
Dashcam introduced for those with HW2.5 and above.
Model X and Model S key fobs changed to a version 2, which can be reprogrammed.
AP hardware updated to HW3 on Model X and Model S. It is unclear if this also applies to Model 3 as all Model 3s report the HW2.5 config code.
Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) features split, TACC (Traffic Aware Cruise Control) and Lane keep becoming Autopilot and included in the standard car spec and the remaining features moving to Full Self Driving.
Smart air suspension changed to an Adaptive air suspension system on the Model X and Model S.
Free unlimited supercharging stopped for all cars, then reintroduced on the Model X and Model S for the first owner only.
EU/Asia chargers updated to include CCS (Combined Charging System) capability. Retrofit to older cars also became available
V3 superchargers launched and increases to V2 supercharger speed.
Model X and Model S front and non P rear motors changed to the permanent magnet version first seen in the Model 3. This improved the range of the Model X and Model S and with the adaptive air suspension system has been known as Raven.
As part of the motor change and Raven, model numbers on Model X and Model S changed to model names eg Standard Range, Long Range and Performance etc. Tesla also dropped publishing many of the detailed configuration codes on their new car listings.
Sentry mode introduced for those with HW2.5 and above.
The European UMC (Universal Mobile Charger) is changed to a 16A single phase version although connectors are available to make it a 32A single phase.
Navigate on Autopilot became available.
Pedestrian sound generator added for some markets.
Autopilot HW3 upgrades being selectively performed for cars with FSD (Full Self-Driving) option.
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.
5% Power increase and 1 foot driving for Permanent magnet cars only, ie Raven Model X and Model S, and Model 3.
Ability to read and respond to text messages on all models.
Autopilot enhancements regarding variable speed depending on adjacent lanes and stop sign identification. The ability to use these features typically varies by country.
Started to convert EAP to AP on CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) 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.
Increased the battery range of the Model X and Model S 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.
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.
Performance boost for Raven Performance models and new Cheetah stance launch. (SW 2020.12.5)
A new suspected deep sleep mode to preserve battery life when the car is being left. (SW 2020.12.5)
Autopilot now stops at red lights (SW 2020.12.6 – country specific). Early reports suggest it stops at red and green lights
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.
Enhanced suspension options and dynamic brake lights. (SW 2020.32.1)
New battery with slightly better range and performance. (code BTXA)
Improved security with the introduction of MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication).
Boombox feature added (the car needs to have the external speaker) and other tweaks as part of the end of year release.
Subscription version of FSD now announced in the US. Up to date info can be found here.
Tesla introduces driver testing before allowing the deployment of the latest version of FSD.
Rear lights changed in Europe to include 2 reversing lights, one combined with a fog light
A switch to hairpin windings on the motors. It’s possible that these have lower performance as the SR+ models have a significantly reduced 0-100 km/h time with these motors and the new larger LFP battery.
Supercharging network being trialed in some countries with other makes of car.
A native CCS port has been incorporated into the rear light cluster in the 2021 Model S for markets that use CCS.
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.
The bezel around the rear screen has been made much smaller.
The amount of DDR memory in the MCU was increased to 16GB.
The option to specify a round steering wheel, and not just the yoke is now available. Brakes on the Plaid have also been updated.
Autopilot HW4 changes formally applied for as part of type approvals. This includes some technical changes to the area around the rear view mirror and forward facing cameras including new housing, new mirror mounting, dipped/high bean sensor and GNSS antenna. It is also expected to include a reduction to 2 (from 3) cameras although with a much higher resolution. Updates to the computer are also included.
Changes to the maximum speed and braking systems to allow for the carbon ceramic option on both the MS and MX. The inverters will also be updated.
CCS adaptor (also requiring a service visit for associated changes) has been released in the US. Only the MS and MX initially. This type of adapter has been available in Europe and other regions for a number of years before Tesla changed to deliver all cars with a native CCS port.
Ultra Red colour released for the Model S and Model X, replacing Multi-coat Red, which in turn is slowly being replaced with Midnight Cherry Red, although at the time of launch was only available on Model Y cars made in Germany.
Tesla announce they will not be bringing the refreshed Model S or Model X to RHD markets.
Tesla introduces Matrix headlights on the Model X. While the unit is matrix, the headlights do not currently have any matrix features such as you find with other makes of the car.
Tesla starts to introduce cameras that can be physically wiped clean. The guidance previously was to only spray with water as contact could scratch the glass. We believe this is part of the HW4 update.
Original post: https://tesla-info.com/blog/tesla-model-history.php

AP is Autopilot
EAP is Enhanced Autopilot
SW is Software (update)
HW is Hardware
TACC is Traffic Aware Cruise Control
CCS is Combined Charging System
UMC is Universal Mobile Charger
FSD is Full Self-Driving
MFA is Multi-Factor Authentication

Lists of the other Models:
Tesla Model S – Changes and updates list
Tesla Model 3 – Changes and updates list
Tesla Model Y – Changes and updates list

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