Model S refresh

While the focus is on Tesla’s recently unveiled first mass-market car, the Model 3, its flagship sedan, the Model S, is now expected to take center stage with some updates this month. We reported on Tesla confirming that “price changes” are coming in “early April” and hinting that it would add new features.

One of the rumored upgrade is a refreshed front-end that would look more like the Model X’s, and now it reportedly has been spotted at Tesla’s Fremont factory.

TMC member and Model S owner WestCoastP85D was in Fremont this week to service his car when he saw several parked Model S’s with protective tape. He took a few pictures, but didn’t think much of it.

Then he wrote on TMC:

“However, after I saw the “delivery delays”, I opened the picture and zoomed in. It’s grainy, but is that nose different than the nosecone equipped model S cars? It’s covered with shipping tape, as is the bumper — but it looks like all of them have the same careful cover on the front and rear bumpers. If it is a refresh, looks pretty minimal as the doors, trim, hood, lights don’t look different.”

By “delivery delays”, he is referring to several new buyers reporting that their Model S deliveries have been pushed. Some are speculating that the reason for the delay is that Tesla will introduce an updated Model S and the transition could create a gap in its production.

WestCoastP85D shared the picture on the Tesla Motors Club:IsThisTheModelSFacelift

Our analysis:

It’s difficult to tell due to the quality of the picture, but it certainly looks like there’s a concave crease in the protective tape between the hood and where the nosecone should be. A regular Model S front-end shouldn’t be able to allow such a crease to form, while a Model X-like front-end could.

It could also simply be an illusion due to the zoomed-in picture. What do you think?

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