The much-awaited facelift isn't what we were expecting.
It seems like Tesla isn't very good at multitasking. While the company has been off revealing the smaller Model 3 sedan and Model Y SUV as well as the yet-to-be-released semi truck and Roadster, the Model S and Model X have not been getting much attention. The Model S recently received a price cut along with the Model X, but bigger changes could be in store.
The Model S hasn't been facelifted since 2016 but according to CNBC, Tesla is planning to update its larger sedan. Reports indicate that Tesla's car plant in Fremont, California is currently being reorganized to build the new Model Y and a facelifted Model S.
The Model S is rumored to borrow the minimalist interior found on the smaller Model 3 and the upcoming Model Y. This means the new dashboard will likely look the same as it does in the Model 3, and reports indicate the two sedans will even start to use the same seats. We liked the Model 3's interior when we drove it, but the interior in the Model S is decidedly more upscale and luxurious.
This move seems baffling because it is essentially making the more expensive car feel cheaper. We do understand it, however, because having the same interior on three different models will likely lower costs for Tesla. Along with the interior change, the facelifted Model S is expected to pack a bigger battery with a whopping 400-mile range.
Tesla has not officially announced preparations to build the Model Y in Fremont, but it has suspiciously been canceling factory tours of the facility. Most of Tesla's attention has been dedicated to fulfilling orders for the Model 3, so Model S and Model X production only takes place during day shifts with no nighttime or weekend production. Since the Model 3 is much more affordable than a Model S or Model X, there may be far less demand for the two pricier Tesla models. We'll see if a facelift and an increase in driving range can get people excited about a Model S once again.