Tesla Unveils Model S Redesign with New Interior
Tesla announced this Wednesday the first significant redesign of the Model S. The Californian company launched the electric vehicle in 2012.
This new generation of Model S brings major changes to the cabin and minor changes to the exterior. A system allows it to have a range of more than 836 kilometres, and a powertrain allows it to accelerate from 0 to 96 kilometres per hour in less than two seconds. Tesla says this makes it the fastest-accelerating production vehicle ever made.
What will most excite many is the new design of the cabin. The company has had many criticisms for not renewing this aspect much compared to other industry manufacturers, as multiple users have expressed on the Tesla forum.
The large vertical screen on the previous Model S has been scrapped in favour of a horizontal screen. It looks a lot like the one the Model X and Model Y have, but smaller bezels give it an even more modern look.
This new Tesla vehicle’s steering wheel also comes in a “U” shape, similar to that incorporated in the second-generation Roadster. Also, Tesla is including the screen behind the wheel (something that the Model 3 and Model Y do not have) and a new screen located in the centre console so that passengers in the rear can consume content or play video games.
Model variations and prices
The new generation of the Model S is divided into three versions: Long Range, Plaid and Plaid+. The Long Range achieves a top speed of 249 kilometres per hour and a range of 663 kilometres. The most advanced Plaid+ reaches a top speed of 321 kilometres per hour and over 836 kilometres of range. The Plaid, meanwhile, offers the same maximum speed as the Plaid+ but has a range of 627 kilometres.
Tesla’s new Model S starts at $79,990 for the Long Range, followed by the Plaid priced at $119,990 and Plaid+ priced at $139,990. Colour changes to the paint and interior and the wheels and the autopilot system represent additional costs. These models will be available in March, except for the Plaid+ which will be available later in 2021.
The company’s revenues increased by 46% in 2020
New Tesla car’s announcement came just with the financial reports for the fourth quarter of 2020. The company produced improved revenues of $903 million, representing more than double the previous year. However, this large sum fell short of the $1.1 billion forecast by analysts. Despite this, Tesla achieved $10.7 billion revenues, a 46% increase compared to the previous year.
The company estimates that it will increase sales by at least 50% annually.
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