Tesla has simply introduced the primary main redesign of the Mannequin S because it launched the electric sedan in 2012. This new model, which launches later this yr, has a refreshed exterior, a simplified inside, and the choice for a extra highly effective powertrain that lets the automotive journey no less than 520 miles and go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in below 2 seconds.
The brand new Mannequin S has some mild updates to the outside of the automotive, however the largest visible change is inside. Tesla has axed the portrait touchscreen in favor of yet one more like what’s discovered within the Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y, although with a lot smaller bezels. There’s additionally a U-shaped steering wheel, very like we’ve seen within the forthcoming second-generation Roadster, and a display screen behind the middle console for rear-seat passengers.
The brand new Mannequin S begins at $79,990 for a dual-motor model that will get 412 miles of vary. Or folks 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.
A Mannequin S redesign has been rumored for years, with Electrek posting allegedly leaked renders of the brand new inside all the best way again in 2018. Tesla CEO Elon Musk threw chilly water on the concept in 2019, although, when he tweeted “[t]right here is not any ‘refreshed’ Mannequin X or Mannequin S coming.” Tesla as an alternative was continuously making minor enhancements to each autos, he stated.
However that tune began to alter as soon as Tesla began testing out a brand new powertrain in 2019 dubbed “Plaid” — which, very like the “Ludicrous” acceleration mode in Tesla’s automobiles, is a Spaceballs reference.
Musk stated at Tesla’s Battery Day occasion in September 2020 that the Plaid Model S would be coming in late 2021. However apart from the essential specs, and the addition of the automotive to its web site, Tesla didn’t point out something a few design refresh.