I don’t know if I could be convinced by 400 miles at all. Anything over 300 is plenty, so if the smaller pack has 300, I would get that one, even if I wouldn’t improve much over my 90D.
I’d really like a nicer interior and maybe more headroom on the rear seats. If they want to keep the price point, they really need to make it a luxury car IMO, just higher driving range won’t fly. Tons of people buy the Model 3 with 310 miles max and in Europe the lower range Jag and Audi outsell the S and X. People don’t buy an S Class because it has more driving range than a C Class... the same should apply to the S and the 3 and eventually X and Y.
And maybe a slight exterior refresh would also help existing owners parting from their current cars.
Range is a big difference between the US and European markets. For many Americans driving 600-700 miles in a day on a long roadtrip is not unheard of. A 400 miles car means only one stop during the day.
There is even a motorcycle challenge called "The Iron Butt" where people get a certificate if they can prove they did over 1000 miles in a day on their motorcycle. A friend just did an extreme Iron Butt rally, 10,800 miles in 11 days.
Another thing is a 400 mile car has a big buffer for winter driving. You can expect to get around 300 miles even in a Montana winter.
I don't think so. I've driven a 3 and I'm really impressed. Spruce the interior up, add a few luxo options, and I'm very happy with the general styling of the 3 interior for the S.
We'll see how the public responds. Last week I commented that losing the side parts of the instrument display where you can select what's displayed would be a step backwards. Some people said they don't really use them, while others found them extremely useful. Losing the ability to display two screens at once on the center screen was another step backwards.