In parallel to its business figures for the fourth quarter of 2020, Tesla has announced a revision of its two premium electric cars, Model S and Model X – and also changed its configurator in the USA. The external changes are clear at first glance and correspond with the Model S to what observers had already seen in the past few days with a test vehicle near the Fremont plant. Inside, the two top Teslas get a screen in landscape format, as in Model 3 and Model Y, and a square steering wheel, as has already been seen in prototypes for Tesla Cybertruck and Roadster.
Third screen for the second Tesla series
Brand new for Model S and Model X is a third screen for the passengers in the second row. A new media computer also seems to be used for infotainment, because Tesla writes up to ten teraflops of computing power per second, which corresponds to the latest game consoles. There are no levers behind the steering wheel, which is now known as a “yoke” (bow or horn) because of its no longer round shape – so, like the smaller Teslas, all control is via a screen and two roll wheels on the yoke. As a third color option, there is now beige again for the seats and trim, in addition to black and white.
With the refresh, Tesla is also changing the model names. Model S and Model X Long Range (in Germany now maximum range) are still available, but instead of the performance versions, only plaid versions are in the range. Instead of two engines, they now have three with a total of 1020 hp, according to Tesla. The Tesla Model S plaid should accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.1 seconds, the Model X plaid in 2.6 seconds.
As Tesla also announced, the battery modules and packages for Model S and Model X have been completely redesigned. In addition, the two electric cars got an economical heat pump, as introduced with the Model Y. In the telephone conference on the Tesla numbers, however, CEO Elon Musk said that Model S and Model X would initially stay with the old 18650 cell format, which had otherwise been improved. This will be there for a few more years.
The German prices for all versions of the two premium Teslas were increased by 5,000 euros each after three reductions in November 2020, with the refresh, they have now increased by this amount again for the maximum range version. The Model S costs from 86,990 euros, for the Model X Tesla wants at least 95,990 euros. As a plaid, the Model S costs from 116,990 euros instead of 98,990 euros for the performance version. The Tesla Model X, which was previously available as a performance from 107,990 euros, costs at least 116,990 euros as a plaid.
Announced Model S Plaid becomes Plaid +
Tesla announced the delivery date for Model S and Model X in Germany as late Wednesday evening September 2021 (later the information was temporarily not available, and links to the models disappeared from the homepage). For the Model S, there is also the Plaid + version, which costs 139,900 euros and is not expected to come until the end of 2021. This is likely to be the model announced at Battery Day in September 2020 (at that time without the plus addition behind the plaid). According to Tesla, it has more than 1,100 horsepower and a range of more than 840 kilometers.