The new face of the electric Tesla Model S has been finally revealed and it looks better than ever. Still, the car is instantly recognizable as a Tesla. It seems however, that the new design follows the approach of the Model 3 and the Model X, thus adopting new front fascia with slightly slender grille flanked by redesigned full LED adaptive headlights. Besides styling, they also boost safety: 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights improve visibility at night, especially on winding roads.
But not only was the exterior of the EV improved, so is everything else. For instance performance and safety have been also refined. Offering unparalleled performance for an electric vehicle, Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds! In addition, the car also comes with the recently introduced Autopilot capabilities designed to make the highway driving experience better.
Speaking of the Autopilot, it allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manages speed by using traffic-aware cruise control. It also manages the digital control of motors, brakes, and steering, thus avoiding collisions from the front and sides.
Another benefit of this feature is that it allows the car to scan for a parking space and parallel park on command. There is also a new Summon feature, which lets the driver "call" their car from the phone so it can literally come and greet them at the front door in the morning.
Furthermore, the luxurious interior of the EV, is still built around the driver. There are several new options including heated and ventilated front seats and a medical-grade HEPA air filter. There are two brand new wood trim options for the cabin, including the Dark Ash and Figured Ash.
The "gem" of the interior is the new 17 inch touchscreen. It is angled toward the driver for enhanced convenience and features day and night modes for better visibility. The touchscreen actually controls most of the car's functions. For instance the driver can open the all glass panoramic roof, manage the climate control, changing the radio within a swipe or a touch. Another intricate detail is that the Model S periodically receives over the air software updates and this is how it adds new features and refreshes the touchscreen look and feel.
A lot of attention has been paid to the safety of this car. Much of it is owed to the unique electric drivetrain, positioned beneath car's aluminum occupant cell in its own subframe. This lowers the car's center of gravity, and in turn enhances the handling and minimizes rollover risk. In case of side impacts, they are met by aluminum pillars reinforced with steel rails. There are also eight airbags, which protect front and rear occupants, while the high voltage power source is being automatically disconnected.
Tesla Model S Facelift will soon go into production and will have a starting price of $71,500 USD.
Here are the details about the performance of the car:
||P90D Performance AWD||90DAWD||70DAWD|
||2.8 seconds 0-60 mph (Ludicrous);
3.1 seconds 0-60 mph
|4.2 seconds 0-60 mph||5.2 seconds 0.60 mph|
||713 lb-ft||485 lb-ft||387 lb-ft|
||155 mph||155 mph||140 mph|
||503 hp rear;259 hp front;
532 hp (Ludicrous)
|259 hp front and rear||259 hp front and rear|
||270 miles (EPA)||294 miles (EPA)||240 miles (EPA)|