Model S sales will/had dropped as the 3 is cheaper. However I still think its the best looking car Tesla makes, if we didn't have a young kid I would be happy to swap our X for S, but not a 3. Though having said that going back to a car without powered doors seems a bit crude.
An updated S with new battery pack and powered doors would be the perfect car for us in a few years .
I do not want or need a car as big as an S personally, but if they update, properly update, the S inside (as well as the new powertrain, that we know is coming), then it is a compelling offering for those thinking of an S Class type luxury vehicle, but who want to go/remain electric.
A car that does not have door pockets, of any type, is rapidly becoming a joke, even if it was a minor issue in 2012-14.
My next car will be a Y, or something not yet out. But I am keeping the Model 3 for 5-6 years.
Tesla did not launch the M3 because it would cannibalise the MS market. They did it to access a separate market. I live in London to I personally think the MS and MX are too big for everyday use, but there are plenty around. Like @Rob R, my next car would probably the MY.
For me I struggle with SUVs on principle. I don't want something that has to use all that extra juice/resources/emissions for essentially the same useful space in the car. The main reason I didn't order a 3 was wanting a hatch though. In all honesty I couldn't justify a Model S over a Model 3 size and spec car with the S shape, if such a thing existed. But at this time of change, not many EVs on the market, and making the decision to buy the car and keep it for a long time, I was and am very happy with the S.
I use to think the same, but for family comfort SUVs really are hard to best. There is just more personal space, and space is luxury, raised driving position - which really helps on small roads, add in the ease of been able to take the grandparents out at the weekend without having to take 2 cars, we certainly wouldn't give up our SUV for a smaller car.
However the two best bits of the X is the windscreen and powered doors, yes a smaller car has more range, but range is something we only need once in a while, but everytime you sit in the car you have more space, the fantastic view, and its amazing how quickly you get use to something else opening/closing the doors for you!
Last time I drove my wifes car after a good period not been in it I was literally standing there like an idiot for a good 10 seconds waiting for the door to open as I unlocked the car, I than nearly started driving without closing the door, I mean come on, is it too much to ask all cars have powered doors? We are in 2019 afterall .
When Tesla do update the S I hope they add the panoramic windscreen to the S and powered doors. That would really set the S apart from the 3, whilst keeping the sleek lines a larger car like the X just cannot have.
With a roadster reservation, I perfectly happy with the MS as the daily/hauler. The Model 3 is just too small and besides the hatch, doesn't have some of the nicer touches like the door handles, the AP stalk, dedicated wiper control, the perfectly-working Homelink. Doesn't directly affect the functionality I know, but the aluminum body keeps it in line as looking to the future. And its the only EV so far that doesn't hurt my eyes....
I actually wish I still had my AP1 - nose cone car as my statement of being one of the first - now that there are Teslas at every corner. There will always be newer/more/better cars, but there will always only ever be one that was the first complete EV car.