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Kez Casey | Apr, 13 2016 | 0 Comments

The awaited Tesla Model S facelift has been officially unveiled to minimal fanfare, with a casual reveal on the automaker’s website.

As expected the updated Model S receives only minor running changes, bringing styling and specifications into line with the Model X SUV.

Like the Model X, the Model S features a front bumper that ditches the large black applique of the previous model, with a much slimmer T-frame grille surrounding the Tesla badge.

Similarly, whilst the headlights maintain the same outline, the internals have been moved to full LED lighting, featuring dynamic turning lights, while offering a subtle styling difference.

Elsewhere on the exterior changes are low-key, with the previously black sills now given a coat of paint, while the rear bumper offers a re-profiled lower valance.

On the inside the Model S adopts a more functional centre console storage area, although the often speculated door pockets haven’t eventuated.

The Model X’s ‘bioweapon defense mode’ HEPA filtered air conditioning system makes its way into the options list, as do a pair of new wood accent trims.

Powertrain options are unchaged, with the single motor Model S 70, and dual-motor, all wheel drive 70D, 90D and high-performance P90D making up the range.

At this stage no mention has been made of a higher-performance P100D, although it’s possible Tesla may be saving that announcement for a later date.

Production of the Model S facelift begins immediately in the USA, and while the updated Model S will go on dispay later this month in Australia, Tesla is yet to announce timing for an Australian launch. Likewise a US$1500 price rise affects all models in the US, but Australian pricing is yet to be announced.

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