So, you might already know that Tesla has made some interior and exterior revamp to the Model S (and X to a certain extent) after it was first released in 2021, but here’s a lowdown on each and every detailed change you need to know to qualify as an auto enthusiast!
The all-new version which was spotted on Tesla’s website earlier this week will start shipping in March. The new Model S will now come with a refreshed exterior, a simplified interior, and the option for a more powerful powertrain that lets the car travel at least 520 miles and go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under two seconds.
On Wednesday, Tesla surprised everyone by unveiling the long-rumored refresh for its Model S sedan. On the outside, the Model S has featured a new front bumper with slightly different air intakes, a tweaked rear diffuser, and new 19- and 21-inch wheel designs. All of the exterior trim is now finished in black to match the Model Y, but the paint color palette remains the same, with white being the only no-cost option. Tesla’s Model X is also getting some touchups on the outside and the interior update, and there will be a version with that new powertrain, though the SUV’s refresh is not as extensive.
The new Model S has some light updates to the exterior of the car, including a standard large glass roof. Coming to the interiors, which are a major improvement, Tesla has done away with the portrait touchscreen and turned it into a landscape instead. Tesla says the new center screen is basically a gaming computer with 10 teraflops of processing power, and the released images show it running the popular fantasy RPG game Witcher 3.
There’s also a stalkless U-shaped butterfly steering wheel. The turn signals, lights, horn, and other typical features are now controlled by touch buttons on the “wheel.” There’s also no PRNDL to be found, with Musk saying that the Model S will shift itself by “guessing.” There’s a manual override in the touchscreen.
The new center console also has more storage space and looks a lot nicer, and it has wireless charging for multiple devices. The rear seats look more sculpted and feature a new fold-down armrest with cupholders. Rear-seat passengers get an 8-inch screen that offers the same infotainment and gaming functions as the main screen, and it even works with wireless gaming controllers. The Model S has three-zone climate control, a 22-speaker audio system, heated seats all around (and ventilated front seats), ambient lighting, and a glass roof as standard. White, black, and beige remain the only interior color options.
With all its new features, which are a lot more visible on the interior-front, the Model S is now available in three different specs:
The $79,990 Long Range version has two motors and all-wheel drive, with Tesla quoting a 3.1-second 0-to-60-mph time, a 155-mph top speed, and a range of 412 miles.
The $119,990 Plaid gains a third motor, “carbon-sleeved rotors” and torque vectoring. The Plaid has 1,020 horsepower boasts a 2.0-second 0-to-60 time (Tesla technically says 1.99 seconds), a 200-mph top speed, and a 390-mile range.
Then there’s the $139,990 Plaid Plus, which Tesla says has over 1,100 hp and will hit 60 mph in under 2 seconds. It also boasts a sub-9-second quarter-mile time, a top speed of 200 mph, and a range of over 520 miles. Tesla also says the Model S is now the most aerodynamic production car in the world, a claim likely achieved by the Plaid Plus model
Meanwhile, the new Model X starts at $89,990 for a Long-Range dual-motor spec that has 360 miles of range, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0–60 time of 3.8 seconds.