We had a sneak peak this morning, but now Tesla made it official. We first reported on an expected Tesla Model S facelift at the end of last year and even though Tesla denied working on a design refresh at the time, it became increasingly clear that it was in the works. We have since then received information from sources on exactly what that would look like, as well as new features to be introduced with the updated sedan.

We will update this post as new information is coming in:

Here are the new features Tesla shared via a press release:

  • The front fascia and headlights of Model S now have a design similar to that found on Model X.
  • The Tesla HEPA air filtration system which was previously only available on Model X is now available on Model S too. The filter is 100 times more effective than all other premium automotive filters removing at least 99.97% of particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria and other contaminants from cabin air.
  • The standard charger in Model S is upgraded from 40 amps to 48 amps enabling faster charging when connected to higher amperage charging sources.
  • Two new interior décor choices: Figured Ash Wood Décor and Dark Ash Wood Décor.

The price increased by $1,500 across the board. The base Model S 70 now starts at $71,500.

It looks like the redesign increased the range without having to introduce bigger battery packs. The Model S 90D, Tesla’s vehicle with the best range, is now advertised with a range of 294 miles – up from 288 miles.

Tesla describes the new headlamps:

“Model S now features full LED adaptive headlamps. Besides enhancing the already great styling, they also boost safety: 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights improve visibility at night, especially on winding roads.”

In the press release, Tesla announced that the updated vehicle is going into production at the Fremont factory today.

The company shared a few official pictures and rendering of the new Model S. Gallery:

I’m done updating the article for now, but Tesla has been making changes to the Model S design studio that are not mentioned in the press release. We will keep an eye out as I wouldn’t be surprised if more updates are coming.

The Model X design studio is also now online and Tesla introduced a new battery pack, 75 kWh, why not for the Model S too?

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