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2017 Tesla Model S


In the past, Tesla always created fanfare before a scheduled launch of any of its models. However, this time round, the automaker just released photos of its new 2017 Tesla Model S luxury sedan.

The model S, the model that replaced the flagship Roadster has experienced good sales in the market since its launch and not wanting to repair what is not broken, the automaker has almost kept everything as it is in the outgoing model. The American automaker hopes the new version will even attract more buyers as the EV market keeps on expanding.

The model features just subtle upgrades but the minor changes represent the first major facelift the model has received since its maiden debut in 2012. Read along to find out more:

2017 Tesla Model S Exterior

Tesla has only refined the exterior profile of the 2017 Tesla model S to make it look sportier. Unlike the outgoing model which featured a chromed strip where a grille is supposed to be in conventional models, the 2017 model features a slim black line and a Tesla badge on the middle.  It also features sharper headlights adopted from the Model X. The lights feature adaptive LED bulbs. The rest of the front fascia remains smooth except for the slightly taller air-dam between its two corner vents.

On the sides, the model is identical to the outgoing version. Similarly, the rear is identical to the outgoing model except for a small chrome accent on the bottom of the diffuser. The exhaust tips on the other hand…oops! My mind veered off for a second, this is a fully electric and doesn’t emit harmful gases…it doesn’t emit anything at all.

Other features remain including the chrome strip between the taillights with the “TESLA” lettering.  The Model S rides on a set of 10-spoke, 19-inch Silver Slipstream wheels as standard. However, if you want to add more character to your Model S you can opt for 10-spoke 19-inch Cyclone wheels at only $2,500 extra or the 10-spoke, 21-inch Turbine wheels which are offered in either gray or silver at $ 4,500.

The model is offered with a body-colored roof as standard. An all-glass panoramic roof is offered at an extra cost for those looking to install a roof rack. The vehicle is offered in Solid White and Solid Black colors as standard. Midnight Silver Metallic, Obsidian Black Metallic, Deep Blue, Titanium Metallic and Red Multi-coat are offered as premium options worth $ 1,500.

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2017 Tesla Model S Interior

Just like with the exterior, the interior is barely changed. Once you slid inside, you will immediately notice the model’s 17-inch display screen which controls almost every function of the vehicle. The center console has been raised a little and now features a storage compartment in the middle where a gear shifter would normally be located be were the model S a conventional car. Cup holders are still offered on the center console. The cabin is offered in two new color trims which are Dark Ash Wood and Figured Ash Wood.

New 2017 Tesla Model S Interior with a list of colors and materials

New 2017 Tesla Model S Interior with a list of colors and materials

I expected the automaker to bolster the seats further to provide more support when one decides to go all out flying on  the ”Ludicrous” mode. Rather, the automaker has not altered the design and upholstery of the seats. For an improved interior trim, buyers can opt for optional upgrades which include Alcantara headliner, Nappa leather trim on armrests and ambient interior lighting which are offered on the Premium Package.

In addition, there is another package dubbed the Subzero Weather Package which features a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats. This package also features wash nozzle heaters and wiper blade defrosters. For audiophiles, the Tesla Model S also features an Ultra High Fidelity Sound Package which packs a large audio amplifier, a subwoofer and 12 speakers. What’s more, this system comes with SiriusXM radio.

Tesla has hooked up the model with a Hepa air filtration system similar to the one on the Model X. The system is said to be over a hundred times better than current filters on luxury cars. It removes 99.97% of pollution particles before they enter the cabin.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Buyers will chose between three drive-trains.  The base Model S70 is equipped with a 70 kWh battery pack. This model is offered in RWD. This battery pack offers a range of 230 miles and the drive-train powers the vehicle to sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Buyers can opt for an all wheel drive for a $ 5,000 premium. The extra motor helps the vehicle to drop its acceleration to 60 mph to 5.2 seconds. Its range also increases to 240 miles. Both the AWD and RWD models have a top speed of 140 mph.

The S 90D is equipped with a 90 kWh battery and is offered in all-wheel drive. This battery pack offers this model a range of 294 miles.  The 90D accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

Finally, the range-topping P90D is powered by a 90 kWh battery and is offered in AWD. This engine has a range of 270 miles, 24 miles less than that of the P90 due to the increased performance. This is the fastest model hitting 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. It is the fastest electric car in the world. However, if you feel that speed is not enough, you can opt for the Ludicrous Speed upgrade which enables you to bolt to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. As if to warn of its huge power, the vehicle is offered with red brake calipers which come in handy when stopping the car. The model’s standard charger has been upgraded to 48 amps from 40 amps which provides for faster charging times.

Buyers can also opt for the Autopilot convenience feature and smart air suspension to improve their experience with the most powerful “green” car in the market.

The Model S performance will soon be eclipsed when Tesla releases a more powerful model believed to be in development stage already. The model dubbed P 100D is believed to feature a 100 kWh battery pack which provides more range and power. The vehicle will feature a “maximum plaid” mode which supersedes Ludicrous mode on the P90D meaning it could bolt to 60 mph from standstill in 2.5 seconds.

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Price and release date

The base Model S 70D RWD has an MSRP of $84,000. A tax incentive of $ $7,500 takes it down to $ 71,500. The 70D AWD goes for $ 76,500 $89,500 for the 90D. The top-of-the-range P90D starts at $ 109,500. All these prices are inclusive of the $ 7,500 tax incentive.

As you might have noticed, Tesla offers a lot of equipment as options. That being said, it might surprise you to learn that a fully equipped 70D model can cost as much as $ 100,000, $ 113,000 for the 90D and about $ 145,000 for the range topping P90D. The model will hit showrooms in the second half of this year.

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Competition

Though I expected the new Model S to feature more updates, the model still looks great and to be sincere the Model S 2017 does not have a worthy rival. Years after the model launched, Tesla still seems to be miles ahead of other automakers in the EVs segment. No automaker can afford to offer such levels of battery technology at such an affordable price.

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