Changes to the 2022 Tesla Models
Tesla sales are booming on the strength of demand for the Model 3 sedan and Model Y compact SUV. Prices are up, and wait times for orders are long, but customers don't seem to mind. The desirability of Teslas is unmatched among electric vehicles (EVs). They're engaging to drive, loaded with the latest technology, and relatively convenient to own, given their generous range and the automaker's ever-expanding Supercharger network of DC fast chargers.
Unlike other manufacturers, Tesla doesn't strictly observe vehicle model years, though the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) on the cars do change. For the 2022 model year, the company continues to roll out over-the-air updates for its controversially named Full Self-Driving (FSD) Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance, which is part of its Autopilot package of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). In addition, Tesla is now asking owners enrolled in the FSD Beta testing program to allow it to use video recorded both inside and outside the vehicle in the event of a collision or other high-risk incident.
The company has also made significant updates to its mobile app (something you'll use a lot if you own a Tesla). While you're driving, you'll notice that the factory navigation system now includes waypoints, and the Tidal app is a new option for streaming music. Teslas typically have a limited exterior color palette, but Deep Crimson Multicoat, Abyss Blue Multicoat, and Mercury Silver Metallic are in the works. Predictably, the global microchip shortage is affecting Tesla as well. The 2022 Model 3 and Model Y go without passenger-seat lumbar adjustment, and there are reports of missing USB-C ports and inactive wireless phone charging in these models.
Finally, don't wait up for the Tesla Cybertruck. The electric pickup truck won't begin production until late in the 2022 calendar year.