The Tesla Model S is Getting an Update, Say Reports
Last October, a Tesla spokesperson revealed that the lauded Tesla Model S sedan would not receive any immediate redesigns, which followed a tweet from Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk that confirmed a “Model Y” was on the horizon. Fast forward to April 2016 and the company has so far stood by its claim, however sources now suggest a major update is indeed on the way, and perhaps as early as next week. According to Roadshow, an unnamed Tesla source claims the Model S front fascia will be refreshed to bring it closer in line with that of the Model X and newly-revealed Model 3 sedan, eliminating the more rounded grille the sedan has employed since its arrival in 2012. Further additions are alleged to be new LED headlights, body color options, the front seats from the Model X, an even more luxurious interior, plus additional cabin storage space. RELATED: The 2016 Tesla Model X is a New Chapter — Road Test
If true, the claimed updates could be a response to increasing competition in this once barren segment—Porsche has confirmed its Mission-E electric vehicle, Aston Martin is working on an all-electric sedan—as well as competition from non-EV rivals like the super-luxe Mercedes S-Class.
The source also claims that a price bump is on the way for the Model S, which if combined with new updates, should help differentiate the Model S within Tesla’s own growing lineup and restrict pricing overlaps with highly-optioned Model 3 sedans.
Seeing as how Tesla has already received 325,000 reservations in one week for the new Model 3, revealed by Musk on Twitter, keeping the Model S fresh now may be more important than ever. The first Model 3s are scheduled to arrive in late 2017.
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Lending more credence to the story, the above photo was posted to the Tesla Motors Club website, which shows what look suspiciously like a Model S sedan with a Model X-inspired fascia, hidden behind shipping wrap. Of course, it could be an optical illusion, as pointed out by Electrek.
A Tesla spokesperson did not comment to Roadshow about the validity of the report, however they did confirm a pricing change would take place in early April. Until then, stay tuned.
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