Tesla unveils redesigned Model S with new interior and 520-mile range option

And a new Model X, too
Tesla unveils redesigned Model S with new interior and 520-mile range option
Tesla unveils redesigned Model S with new interior and 520-mile range option

Tesla has simply introduced the primary main redesign of the Model S because it launched the electrical sedan in 2012. This new model, which begins transport in March, has a refreshed exterior, a simplified interior, and the choice for a extra highly effective powertrain that lets the car journey no less than 520 miles and go from Zero to 60 miles per hour in underneath two seconds.

That pace is achieved partly because of a really small drag coefficient, one which places it on par or perhaps ahead of electrical cars just like the Lucid Air or the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Tesla claims that every one instructed, the brand new Model S with the up to date powertrain is the “quickest accelerating manufacturing car ever made.”

Tesla’s Model X is also getting some touchups on the skin and the interior replace, and there shall be a model with that new powertrain, although the SUV’s refresh will not be as in depth.

The brand new Model S has some gentle updates to the outside of the car, together with an ordinary massive glass roof, however the greatest visible change is interior. Tesla has axed the portrait touchscreen in favor of yet one more like what’s discovered in the Model three and Model Y, although with far smaller bezels (like we’ve seen on the Cybertruck prototype). There’s also a stalkless U-shaped butterfly steering wheel, much like what we’ve seen in the forthcoming second-generation Roadster, and a display screen behind the middle console for rear-seat passengers. Not like the Model three and Model Y, the brand new Model S nonetheless incorporates a display screen behind the steering wheel.


The brand new Model S begins at $79,990 for a “Lengthy range” dual-motor model that will get 412 miles of range. Or individuals can spend $119,000 for one with the brand new, extra highly effective “Plaid” powertrain that goes 390 miles with that sub-2 second 0–60 time. The “Plaid+” model with 520 miles begins at $139,000.

The Plaid and Plaid Plus variations have high speeds of 200 miles per hour (with the “proper tires,” in keeping with Tesla CEO Elon Musk), whereas the Lengthy range tops out at 155 mph. Tesla says that the Plaid variations ought to be capable to do 5 occasions as many quarter-mile runs as earlier Model S sedans, because of the brand new powertrain and the brand new warmth pump that was developed for the Model Y.

The brand new Model X retains the identical exterior design however options the brand new panorama dashboard display screen, butterfly steering wheel, and rear passenger display screen. The brand new Model X begins at $89,990 for a Lengthy range dual-motor spec that has 360 miles of range, a high pace of 155 mph, and a 0–60 time of three.eight seconds. Tesla is promoting a model with the Plaid powertrain for $119,000 that will get 340 miles of range, has a high pace of 163 mph, and may get to 60 mph in simply 2.5 seconds.

Each up to date automobiles also include an infotainment system that’s powered by a chip able to 10 teraflops of processing energy, permitting passengers to play video games like The Witcher three and Cyberpunk 2077 (with wi-fi controller help in addition).

A Model S and X redesign has been rumored for years, with Electrek posting allegedly leaked renders of the brand new interior all the best way again in 2018. Musk threw chilly water on the thought in 2019, although, when he tweeted “[t]right here is not any ‘refreshed’ Model X or Model S coming.” Tesla as an alternative was continuously making minor improvements to each automobiles, he stated.

However that tune began to alter as soon as Tesla began testing out a brand new powertrain in 2019 dubbed “Plaid” — which, much like the “Ludicrous” acceleration mode in Tesla’s cars, is a Spaceballs reference.

Musk stated at Tesla’s Battery Day occasion in September 2020 that the Plaid Model S is also coming in late 2021. However except for the fundamental specs, and the addition of the car to its web site, Tesla didn’t point out something a couple of design refresh.