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Power liftgate now standard? Or do you still need the premium package?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by CricTic, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. CricTic

    CricTic Member

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    I looked at the new Model S configurator and it lists the power liftgate as a standard feature. But it is also still listed under the premium package. So which is it? Do you still need to pony up for the premium package to get the power liftgate?
     
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    It's probably standard, they just didn't properly update their content for the premium features.

    That's my guess...
     
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    The standard features say automatic lift gate, while premium package says power lift gate...

    Maybe the lift gate now can open for u? But without premium package, won't close? No idea.
     
  4. Twiglett

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    yep - automatic != powered
     
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    Can you clarify? I just googled "automatic lift gate" and all the results I saw seemed to confirm my initial reading, which was that it is powered.

    I'm hoping alexdav is correct -- the liftgate is really the only compelling reason I was considering the premium package. Having that as standard now would be great.
     
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    Ya I don't think they would remove power lift gate from the premium package... cause otherwise the premium package would be pretty much meaningless... I would imagine lots of people get the premium package in order to just get the power lift gate.
     
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    There is a difference:

    Auto Lift Gate = Being able to open the trunk via key fob.
    Power Lift Gate = Open with key fob AND lift it up all the way with memory function, also being able to close it via key fob or memory button.
     
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    I suspect this is the same as it had been before. Without the premium package (or on older cars, w/o the tech package), you can unlock it and the pneumatic struts will open it. You must close it manually. With the premium package (or on older cars, with the tech package), you get a power liftgate for opening AND closing.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    Tesla has corrected their error -- in my opinion -- on the S order page and the "Automatic Lift Gate" is no longer listed as a standard feature. See Order your Tesla Model S | Tesla Motors

    The Premium Upgrades Option list still shows "Power lift gate".

    It's worth getting that option, I think. Lots of nice features.
     
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    I agree with ecarfan. The website changed from this afternoon to this evening, and they have removed the automatic lift gate text from the standard list. I'm really not sure how they can let errors like this slip through.
     
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    Because it's a difference in terminology.

    Automatic liftgate does not technically mean it is powered. So it is likely an engineer/technician described it as an automatic liftgate because the pneumatic struts want to extend and once the liftgate is unlatched, it will extend. That's great, in a vacuum of knowledge. The problem is that people then confused that with the liftgate with the powered strut that can open/close electronically as well as have a set-point where to stop being opened.

    So the site was technically correct, but common parlance would mean people got confused what was included -- exactly what led to this thread being created. Given that it would be unusual for any hatchback nowadays to NOT have struts at all, the omission of the entry is, IMO, the proper action.
     
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    Seriously? I was happy to see it standard (as is should be on a car in this class) so if removed that is very weird. Is still listed on the Australian site where I am, I'm hoping it stays there and is in my order. People would be making purchase decisions today based on it, that's a crazy mistake if real.
     
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    It wasn't removed (from the car). It was never there in the first place (on the car). People just mixed up what the automatic liftgate vs. the power liftgate wording on the website meant. The former has always been available. The latter was an option (first part of the tech package, and then when that was broken up, part of the premium package).
     

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