The Tesla Model S Refresh Is Exactly What Was Needed All Along


No, that doesn't mean there's a new V8 option.

Tesla has just released images and details of its first refresh of the Model S, along with some interior updates. But first, that exterior. Yep, the Model S has a new front end that invokes the design of what’s found on the Model X and the also just revealed Model 3. The grille is now more slender and accompanied by new LED headlights. Some may think it looks a bit weird but we say it’s exactly what the Model S needed all along.

That flat surface look makes a bold statement, immediately identifying that these are pure EVs and don’t require air to be sucked in to cool of an internal combustion engine. The previous front fascia design was sort of a missed opportunity to make that statement. Interior updates include new heated and ventilated front seats and even a medical-grade HEPA air filter. To boost the luxury factor, the Model S can now be had with Dark Ash and Figured Ash wood trim. Rounding out the interior updates are a new Premium Upgrade package with Nappa leather upholstery, Alcantara headliner, and LED ambient lighting. The Subzero Weather Package comes with heated rear seats and steering wheel, and even heated washer nozzles.

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Four different powertrain options are available: the Model S 70 has 315 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. The Model S 70D adds that dual motor and AWD, for a total of 328 hp and 387 lb-ft. Zero to 60 mph happens in 5.2 seconds. Range is also increased from 230 to 240 miles on a single charge. The 90D has a total of 417 hp and 485 lb-ft, and a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. Range is 294 miles. And then there’s the top-end P90D with its 463 hp and 713 lb-ft, and 3.1-second 0-60 time. Opt for Ludicrous Mode and output reaches 532 hp and a 2.8-second 0-60 time. Sales will begin shortly with pricing beginning at $71,500.