An official announcement could be imminent.
No one had ever seen anything like the Tesla Model S when it was unveiled in 2012. Sure, it was an all-electric car but it also had a seemingly endless number of new technologies even the best luxury cars didn't offer. An all-digital flat-screen infotainment system, electrically folding door handles, and over-air-updates are a few highlights. The Tesla Model X, which arrived three years later, continued with these and added a perhaps even more controversial element: those falcon-wing doors. Jump ahead to today and the mainstream competition is underway, such as the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron. In other words, Tesla needs to update its two oldest vehicles. What could those updates include?
A hacker who goes by the name Green somehow managed to uncover some of these alleged updates and posted them to Twitter.
First off, there's new hardware coming by way of a new wireless charging device that will be integrated into the center console. Even some new Kias offer this so it's about time Tesla does the same. Other new items listed include "new lumbar" (most likely for the front seats), and two new battery types set to be available in several configurations. Their exact capacities remain unknown, as are what affect they could have on overall range and performance. There will also supposedly be a new charging port and, perhaps the most interesting thing of all, a new suspension option.
For now, Tesla has not commented on any of the above but we expect an official announcement soon.
The hacker also believes these updates will come at any time because Tesla - rightly so - is afraid of leaks. The fact that Tesla is not completely redesigning the eight-year-old Model S speaks volumes because it was light years ahead of its time to begin with. Over-the-air updates kept things fresh software-wise. It seems Tesla is in no rush to launch Model S 2.0 (possibly because it lacks the time and money), but the aforementioned improvements ought to keep the ship sailing for a few more years.