The reports were spot on, with the California-based electric automaker Tesla Motors revealing the facelifted Model S battery electric luxury sedan.
There’s no hiding these day and age so Tesla debuted the refreshed Model S exactly when it was tipped to and with the changes that were reported – namely it now uses a new front end design reminiscent of the Model X crossover and smaller Model 3 sedan. The Model S is pretty much instantly recognizable, but it now bodes well with the rest of the Tesla family as the new front fascia with a smallish grille has been adorned with new flanking LED headlights. Inside the cabin the carmaker has added new features: heated / ventilated front seats, medical-grade HEPA air filter, two new wood trim options – Dark Ash and Figured Ash. Other amenities include a keyless entry system, the massive 17-inch display for the infotainment system, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth / USB connectivity, a rearview camera, and a navigation system.
There are also new and different options available such as the Premium Upgrade package – with Nappa leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, LED ambient lighting, and the HEPA air filter; or the Subzero Weather Package which adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated washer nozzles. The updated Model S will enter production lines quickly and pricing kicks off at $71,500.
Performance wise, the Model S will be offered with four different powertrains. First off we have the Model S 70, which brings an electric motor with 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, for a 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in 5.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). Moving up we find the Model S 70D which has a dual motor setup bringing 328 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque as well as all-wheel drive, with performance up a notch with the 60 mph time at 5.2 seconds (but same top speed). The range of the Model S 70 is of 230 miles (370 km) and the 70D adds 10 miles on top of that.
Those looking for even more power will have to opt for the 90D version, which packs another two motors good for 417 hp and 485 lb-ft of torque, enabling a zero to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) – with a single charge good for a 294 miles (473 km) trip. Last, but not least, the Model S P90D has the best setting of the two electric motors with a combined total of 463 hp and 713 lb-ft of torque. Just 3.1 seconds will be needed to reach the 60 mph marker but with the Ludicrous mode the output will surge to 532 hp and the sprint time will go down to 2.8 seconds. The powertrains have been carried over but the Model S now packs an updated 48 amp charger to reduce the charging times.