Tesla Model S refresh

Back in 2012 the first The Tesla Model S was born and today it received a minor styling uplift the first in almost four years.

Tesla said that Model S EVs produced starting today in its Fremont, California, assembly plant will have a new front-end design.

Dispensing with the simulated oval “grille” of the earlier Model S, the headlights and front panel of the new design resemble that of the Model X crossover SUV and the recently announced Model 3 smaller sedan.

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In addition to the new front-end design, Tesla is adding the HEPA air-filtration system introduced on the Model X to the Model S as an option.

That filter, according to the company, removes “99.97 percent of particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria, and other contaminants from cabin air.”

Tesla has also upgraded the capacity of the onboard charger to 48 amps from the previous 40 amps. That will let new Model S cars recharge their batteries more quickly where higher-amperage charging stations are available.

The lights are also upgraded:  Model S now features full LED adaptive headlamps. Besides enhancing the already great styling, they also boost safety: 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights improve visibility at night, especially on winding roads.

Finally, the updated Model S cars can be ordered with two new choices of interior trim: Dark Ash Wood Décor or Figured Ash Wood Décor.

The Car’s Software has been regularly updated via over-the air updates and now provides a very powerful autonomous driving facility, assuming the car has the correct hardware installed.

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