The Tesla Model S was initially released in 2012 and proved to be one of the most popular electric sedans. In 2021, it is now undergoing a major revamp and has come out with some fresh designs and exciting features that have left potential buyers swooning. Model S will come out in 3 options; Long Range, Plaid, and Plaid+ hoping that it stays ahead of the Porsche Taycan.
Tesla announced that the latest Model S would go into production in the early quarter of 2021 and become public in Spring. Recently, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, tweeted a picture of the Plaid Model S's gorgeous interior, declaring in the caption that it would be shipped out the next month (February). "It is really a tremendous improvement over the prior version," Musk commented on the earnings call. The Long Range comes out at the same time, while the Plaid+ comes out later in 2022.
Starting from the exterior, the modifications sport a sleeker hood, a more streamlined look, and a broader, more aggressive build, seemingly giving the vehicle an elegant yet powerful aesthetic. The standard glass roof is a staple of Tesla and remains incorporated in the new model.
When it comes to the interior, the changes are much more drastic. The older portrait touchscreen has been replaced by a larger, 17-inch unit similar to Model Y and 3. The most notable difference is, hands-off, the steering wheel, which is now a rectangular-shaped yoke-styled. Interestingly, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come out with safety concerns over the steering and plans to speak to Tesla about the modification.
Tesla has always been an advocate for entertainment in a car and has incorporated a screen in the center console to support passengers' video streaming and gaming.
The visuals were not the only thing that Tesla worked on. They announced an upgrade in battery technology, a new 96--watt speaker with active noise canceling, parallel parking, and changing of lanes without the driver's input, and claims to have the ability to charge laptops along with everyone's mobile phones fully.
The Long Range gets a 412-mile range and retails at $79,990. The Plaid S offers 390 miles with sub-2 second 0–60 time and starts at $119,000. The Plaid+ has topped headlines and is the most speculated trim, and the monstrous beauty is capable of 520 miles per charge and starts at $139,000.
The hardest decision for buyers to purchase the initial Long-range or Plaid S options when they drop or wait an additional year for the Plaid+ will prove to be a difficult decision for already enthusiastic buyers.
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