Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Tesla Motors | posted April 15, 2016 12:11
Model S gets its first exterior update
After the debuts of the Model X crossover and Model 3 D-Segment sedan, Tesla has just updated the longest running car in their lineup, the Model S. Out this year as a 2017 model, the updated Model S gets a new look and updated technologies.
The 2017 Model S follows the look of the recently debuted Model 3 with its new front fascia. Like its smaller counterpart, the new Model S has gone for a grill-less treatment. Replacing the grill is a slim trim piece that rests where the top half of the old grill was. Tesla also gave the new Model S new adaptive LED headlights and a tweaked LED tail lights. The rest of the car's body carries over unchanged.
Minor tweaks were made in the interior with new leather and wood trim combinations, namely Dark Ash and Figured Ash. Also available is the new Premium Upgrade option which includes Nappa leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, LED ambient lighting. For those living in colder climates, Tesla offers the Subzero Weather Package which adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated windshield washer nozzles. In addition, Model S now features a Medical grade HEPA air filtration system, which, according to Tesla, removes at least 99.97% of particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria and other contaminants from cabin air.
For technologies, the company has updated the Autopilot feature which includes Autosteer, Auto Lane Change and Autopark. With Auto Steer, it helps the car to stay on its lane while Auto Lane Change allows the driver to change lanes with a tap of the turn signals without human input. Meanwhile, Autopark scans for a parking space and self parks on command.
Powertrains are carried over from the current model S. These include the 70, 70D, 90D and P90D. The Model S 70 puts out 319 PS and 440 Nm of torque. Moving up to the 70D, it gets 333 PS and 525 Nm of torque. The 90D on the other hand has an output of 423 PS and 656 Nm of torque and last but not the least, the range topping P90D gets 469 PS and 967 Nm of torque.