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Tesla Model S gets new face and Bioweapon Defense Mode

Tesla Model S gets new face an...
The new Model S has a sharper look and apocalypse-spec air conditioning
The new Model S has a sharper look and apocalypse-spec air conditioning
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Tesla has given the cabin a mild upgrade
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Tesla has given the cabin a mild upgrade
The new Model S has a sharper look and apocalypse-spec air conditioning
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The new Model S has a sharper look and apocalypse-spec air conditioning
The Model S has been subjected to over-the-air updates for most of its life, but Tesla has changed the exterior this time as well
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The Model S has been subjected to over-the-air updates for most of its life, but Tesla has changed the exterior this time as well
The car now comes with a faster charger
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The car now comes with a faster charger
Tesla has updated the Model S without messing too much with what is, in our eyes, a good looking shape
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Tesla has updated the Model S without messing too much with what is, in our eyes, a good looking shape
The Model S' headlamps will now look around corners
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The Model S' headlamps will now look around corners
The Model X has a new, longer-range entry-level model
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The Model X has a new, longer-range entry-level model
The Model X interior is unchanged in the move to include a bigger battery
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The Model X interior is unchanged in the move to include a bigger battery
The Model X was recently recalled for faulty hinges on its third row seats
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The Model X was recently recalled for faulty hinges on its third row seats
The Model X design has influenced the Model S' new look
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The Model X design has influenced the Model S' new look

Hot on the heels of the Model 3 launch, Tesla has given its Model S a refresh. Having launched a range of updates over the air since the big sedan launched in 2013, this is the first traditional update the electric carmaker has released, and brings some sharp new styling cues, new pricing and extended range. The entry-level Model X has also been updated, with a bigger battery and bigger price to match.

The first thing you'll notice about the updated Model S is the new front end. Thanks to redesigned headlamps, which are now full adaptive LED units, and a smaller grille, the big Tesla more closely mimics the design language debuted on the Model X. The new headlamps are also smarter, now following the path of the steering wheel to help you see around corners better. Beside the styling tweaks, the car's charger has been upgraded from a 40 to a 48-amp system for faster charging.

The car now comes with a faster charger
The car now comes with a faster charger

Also carried over from the Model X is the car's Bioweapon Defense Mode with HEPA air filtration, designed to remove 99.97 percent of particulate exhaust pollution along with allergens, bacteria and other contaminants from the air.

Having joked that Tesla was trying to "be a leader in apocalyptic defense scenarios" when launching the Model X, we're worried Elon Musk knows something we don't about what's to come now Bioweapon Defense Mode has spread across the range.

Optional HEPA filter aside, interior upgrades are limited to two new choices of wood trim, and what looks like a tweaked seat design.

Having recalled the Model X for potential issues with its third-row seats, Tesla has tweaked the entry-level model to include a 75-kWh battery, up from 70 kWh. As well as bumping range from 220 miles (354 km) to 237 miles (381 km), the price has jumped by US$3,000 to $83,000.

Pricing for the Model S is largely changed after the update, although you will pay $3,000 for the paranoia-spec air conditioning.

Source: Tesla

3 comments
Daishi
I wasn't sure if I liked the front end without the grill the first time I saw it on the X but I admit it's growing on me.
guzmanchinky
Please build a coupe/convertible off this body.
Stephen N Russell
Need some to Rent OK Tesla, nationwide.