Recently, rumors began swirling that Tesla Motors Inc was about to launch a new, updated version of the Model S. Though the Model 3 currently seems to be all anyone wants to talk about in relation to Tesla, the EV firm knows it can’t turn its back on its flagship luxury EV – and it needed to be brought up to speed. Tesla confirmed on Tuesday that the Model S sedan is getting that update. Proudly displayed on the company website, the car will flaunt a new face, some cool interior changes and a very modest price increase.
Tesla Model S redesign brings uniformity to line
The Model S’s redesign is a clear play at giving all new Teslas a more uniform look and they’ve done just that. The biggest appearance change is the removal of the luxury sedan’s grille. The feature really served no purpose other than giving the EV a look that drivers were accustomed to. Both of Tesla’s recent cars — the Model X and showcased Model 3 — are seen without a grille giving the cars a more futuristic appearance.
The headlights appear to have got a slight change as well. We are told that they’ve received a bit more than that though. The Model S’s new LED headlamps are adaptive. They come with 14 three-position turning lights to increase visibility and safety. This would come especially handy on winding roads.
Model S interior and air filtration system upgrade
On the inside, the upgraded sedan will come with a dashboard and center console much like that of the Model X. All aspects of the SUV’s interior have been praised in many reviews. The Model S has not been so lucky. It’s interior has been described as “alienating” and “odd”. But Tesla mostly did this to showoff the car’s lack of conventional components. The firm has now switched to the interior luxury of the Model X.
There has also been a HEPA air filter system installed in the car. This too is a feature that was first seen on the Model X. The firm is always trying to add new aspects of exclusivity to its cars. This is just one of the many props that will come with owning a Tesla — cleaner air. We were made to expect new Model X-like front seats as well by alleged leaks, but no such changes has been noted of.
Surprisingly, the Model S’s new price is only $1,500 higher than the previous price.
What Tesla is aiming for is a more consistent look with its cars. The company could also be trying to set distinction between its high-end cars and the upcoming model 3, which will be its first mid-market EV.
The faux grille did well by not making Tesla’s leading car look too intimidating and futuristic. It is often the far-fetch looks of many EVs that put people off. But the new solid face of the Model S is greatly appealing now. It actually looks like massive upgrade and we have the grille’s presence in older models to thank for that.
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