Tesla’s Model S Receives a New Look and Improved Internals
This didn’t come as a surprise, since Musk already noted that high-end, luxury vehicles are a way for the company to bring an affordable electronic vehicle.
The $35,000 Model 3 made its debut in Los Angeles, featuring at least 215 miles per range, 0-60 in under six seconds, and the company’s Supercharging as a standard feature.
However, the company isn’t neglecting its bestselling model: The Model S. After several months of rumors and speculations, Tesla confirmed that the upgraded Model S is now available. The upgraded model brings a brand new fascia and adaptive LED headlights, which are its two most obvious changes.
Aside from two new interior finish choices (figured ash wood and dark ash wood), the upgraded Model S features improved air filtration systems.
As experts already noted, the Model S is now a bit closer to the Model X. This means that Tesla has found a way of incorporating high-end features, without raising the price. With this said, the Model S now comes with the ultra-aggressive air filtration system that is able to filter out 99.97 percent of allergens, bacteria, and other contaminants.
According to the official statement, the internal HEPA filtration system is 100 times more effective than any other in-car filter. Interestingly enough, the Model S now comes with the positive-pressure Bioweapon Defense Mode, previously seen on the Model X.
The Bioweapon Defense Mode made headlines last year when it was unveiled. Even though it sounds outrageously useless, Elon Musk made sure to tell how necessary this level of air filtration is. The Bioweapon Defense Mode will come in handy “if there is ever an apocalyptic scenario of some kind”, as Musk stated.
What is even more interesting is the technology behind this filtration mode. Apparently, this air filter alone is about 10 times larger than a normal car’s filter. It is also 300 times better at filtering bacteria, 500 times better at blocking allergens, 700 times better at eliminating smog, and up to 800 times better at filtering out viruses.
When it comes to other features, the Model S now comes with a 48-amp charger, which is more than 40 amps of the previous model. As a result, this will enable faster charging when connected to high-amp outlets.
Design-wise, the upgraded model evidently inclines toward a grille-less front end.
This is not just an aesthetic decision, since this kind of design enables better aerodynamic efficiency.
The only thing that is missing (at least according to rumors and speculations) is a 100kWh battery. At present, the Model S comes with a battery of 90kWh.
Customers who are willing to spend $70,000+ on the upgraded Model S can do that right away. The car is already available for order from the company’s official website. In order to keep up with demand, the Model S has gone into production today at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California.