Updates are on the way for the Tesla Model S, including the first significant visual tweaks since the luxury EV went on sale in 2012. Starting immediately, the Tesla Model S will be built with a new front fascia, air filtration system, upgraded charger, and interior trims.
The new front end most closely apes that of the Tesla Model X SUV, with its very thin slat in place of the old grille. The flattened look is a lot cleaner, and like the design of the new Model 3, it distinguishes the Model S as an electric car that inherently does not need the same kind of cooling a combustion-powered, front-engine car would. There are also new headlights, using the same LED accents seen on the Model X.
There is also some important hardware added to the new Model S, namely an upgraded 48-amp charger. Charge times vary depending on the source of the electricity, but all things being equal the new model will charge up to 20 percent faster compared to the old 40-amp charger. Tesla tells us that Supercharger charging speeds will remain the same, because that system is DC-to-DC, thus bypassing the on-board chargers.
Tesla also will give the Model S the same high-tech air filtration system previously offered only on the Model X, complete with its jocular “bio-weapon deterrent” calibration. On top of that there are two new interior trims, dubbed Figured Ash Wood and Dark Ash Wood.
So far there is no word on whether the Tesla Model S will get a rumored battery upgrade to 100 kWh. The biggest battery offered in the Model S at the moment is the 90-kWh unit used in the high-performance P90D, while the entry level of the car’s lineup remains the 70D.
As we said when we drove the Model S 70D, “Tesla has continued to tweak and refine its pioneering electric sedan into something any car shopper would lust after.” That trend will continue as Tesla will add over-the-air software updates on a regular basis.