The Updated Tesla Model S Is Gorgeous

Elon Musk’s campaign to eliminate false grilles has won a very important battle, on the very face of their flagship product: the newly-facelifted Tesla Model S will have a false-grille-less front, very similar to the Tesla Model X. Just like we thought it would.

Official photos just released from Tesla confirm the leaked images we saw earlier, showing a mildly-refreshed Model S that replaces the outgoing Model S’ glossy black ovoid grille-replacement panel with the more subtle ‘moustache’ seen on the Model X.

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These grille-unencumbered noses also connect aesthetically to the Model 3's Renault Floride-like face, defining Tesla’s corporate look as one that shuns the usual definer of automotive familial identity, the grille. Good for Tesla – the result is sleek, clean, and very striking. It’s lovely, and doesn’t look like every other hungry fish-mouthed premium sedan out there.

Does this suggest the Model 3 may be getting the Teslastache as well?

The headlights have been updated a bit as well, and, again, fit more with the ever-evolving Tesla corporate visual vocabulary.

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Around the rear, the taillights have been updated slightly, with a darkened area visually braking the taillight from the side marker area, which, incidentally, also hides the charger port. Perhaps this was done to make the charging port access more visible?

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Tesla also confirmed that the Model S will be getting the Model X’s ‘Bioweapon Defense Mode’ HEPA air filtration system, as well as getting a 48 amp charger (up 8 amps), and a choice of two new wood options for the interior’s woody bits.

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To make sure the Model 3's pricing makes sense, the Model S’ price will likely rise, and we may see a new trim level, the bonkers P100D stupid-fast trim.

None of these are huge changes, but it’s a decent little mid-cycle facelift.

UPDATE: As some have pointed out in the comments, the configurator with the new pricing is already live online.

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It looks like it starts at the low-end with the single-engine 70 at $67,400, and goes up to $128,900 for the P90D with all the options ticked.

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