Tesla Motor S updated

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Tesla Motors has introduced an updated Design for Tesla Model S - first major hardware update since its launch in 2012. The company has scrapped the electric sedan’s signature black plastic faux grille for a smooth, grille-free look similar to that of the Model X crossover.


Tesla has integrated a center console which is also similar to the one found in Model X. The company has left the space empty in order to showcase the lack of a traditional drive train. Tesla is also bringing its hospital-grade HEPA air filtration system to the Model S, which filters at least 99.7 percent of “particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria and other contaminants.” If that’s not enough, there’s biohazard protection: “The bioweapon defense mode creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants,” Tesla says.

Tesla is also upgrading the standard charger from 40 amps to 48 amps to enable faster charging when connected to higher-amp outlets. The company has added two new interior choices: figured ash wood and dark ash wood that also includes leather seats and a power lift gate. Model S will also receive adaptive 14 LED headlights with adaptive headlamps.

As far as the price increase is concerned, Tesla has bumped up the price point by a modest $1,500. The base single-motor 70 now starts at $71,500 instead of $70,000. Considering the fact that the average Model S buyer options the car up to six figures, a $1,500 bump for a refreshed version seems manageable.

Tesla will start building the updated Model S at its factory in Fremont, California. The company is offering a May delivery for customers who place a new order for the Model X in top-of-the-line 90D and P90D trims.

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