- tesla announced that its latest model s and model x will go into production in the first quarter of 2021 and will reach customers in the spring.
- the automaker shared images of the new model s complete with a redesigned interior that includes a screen for rear passengers.
- the plaid+ version of the model s, coming later in the year, is targeting a range of 520 miles.
update 1/27/21 10:30pm et: while tesla’s site has noted since the unveiling of the vehicle that the model s plaid will begin deliveries in march, tesla ceo elon musk tweeted out that the vehicle will be available next month (february). as of now, the delivery dates of the rest of the new lineup has stayed the same.
in december, tesla announced to employees working on the model s and x lines that the company would be shutting down those production lines for 18 days. the result of that pause in production is updated model s and model x vehicles landing in the first quarter of 2021. tesla shared images of the model s when reporting quarterly results.
while the exterior has gotten a modest upgrade with more aggressive haunches and a sleeker hood, the interior has received a major overhaul to make it more streamlined. while the automaker has decided to keep the dash cluster in the model s, the yoke-style steering wheel—which has done away with stalks altogether—does convey a sort of '80s nostalgia that’s reminiscent of k.i.t.t., the car from knight rider. the new model x gets the same interior treatment.
one nice upgrade is a tiny screen in the center console for those in the back of the vehicle. as tesla pushes for more entertainment in its cars, it's likely that this screen will allow rear passengers to play games and watch videos while the vehicle is being driven.
tesla says that it has updated the powertrain, battery pack, battery module, and drive units on the new vehicles. the long range version of the model s is expected to be available in march with a target range of 412 miles. meanwhile, the plaid is targeting a 390-mile range with 1020 horsepower. like the long-range model, it's expected to be available in march. at the top end, the 1100-hp plaid+ is targeting a 520-mile range, a zero-to-60-mph time of less than two seconds, and a tri-motor powertrain. it will be available in late 2021. the new model x is expected to go on sale in april.