Tesla Model S Update Is Reportedly on the Way, Price Hike May Be Included

Tesla might update the Model S with more luxury features and practical elements, company insiders say.
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The update would come four years after the market rollout of the Model S, so this can be considered a mid-cycle refresh. The carmaker is reportedly adding these new features to keep up with competition from the German premium trio, which provides significantly refined interiors in the same price bracket.

Tesla Model S's reported refresh also includes a new nose, which will not entirely resemble the look of the Model 3 or the Model X, but will bring the four-year-old sedan to the latest Tesla design language. A presumed prototype of the Model S was spotted recently, so there is a chance this update is not just hearsay.

The new nose of the Model S will be joined by a set of full LED headlamps, and the Californian automaker will expand paint options, CNET reports quoting unnamed company insiders.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Tesla Model S will feature front seats from the Model X, which will also bring the possibility of ordering seat ventilation, and not just heating. Tesla's whistleblowers have also reported that the update will bring more storage spaces in the interior of the Model S. From door pockets to other extra storage compartments, this is a logical improvement of the American electric sedan.

The same insiders have also revealed that Tesla is currently clearing stock of current production parts for the ongoing version of the Model S. From personal experience after visiting several car factories, we know that modern carmakers use a system called “just-in-time, just-in-sequence,” which limits part supply and storage for efficiency and cost. The explanation above has the point of revealing that Tesla might not have a massive stock of Model S parts laying around, as the forward-thinking company will not abide by old-school and inefficient production strategies.

The insiders quoted for this story have also revealed that Tesla will increase the price of the Model S. We do not expect a massive change, as the delivery process of the new Model 3 will start next year, and it would be against what Tesla stands for to raise prices before providing a viable alternative.

In response to these rumors, Tesla officials said they do not comment any speculation regarding future releases. Concerning pricing, Tesla has informed its customers of “some price changes which will take effect in early April,” but they've also stated that these are normal and come as an adjustment to foreign currency exchange rates and additional circumstances.

Tesla officials encouraged those who want to buy a Model S to place their order so they can receive a new car as soon as possible. We must also note that Tesla is the only carmaker with over-the-air software updates for their cars, and which also bring new features, like the fabulous “Ludicrous” mode.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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