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Tesla updates Model S sedan with new interior and exterior refinement, Plaid and Plaid+ models

As part of the earnings call, Tesla unveiled an updated Model S sedan with an all-new interior and a steering wheel that is more science fiction than reality.

Let’s take a look at the new interior in the front. The most obvious change is the half steering wheel with all the controls on the steering wheel. Like a Ferrari, headlight and turn signal controls, plus Tesla’s normal scroll wheels, are all present.

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New Tesla Model S front interior. Photo credit: Tesla

Because the steering wheel has no top, the driver will have an unobstructed view of the new digital instrument cluster. Unlike the Model 3 and Model Y, the Model S will retain two screens.

The center screen feels more normal, at least for Tesla. There is a new screen in the center that mimics the size and shape of that found in the Model 3 and Model Y. Wireless charging pads sit below it, just like the console of the previously mentioned cars.

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Tesla Model S interior rear. Photo credit: Tesla

The rear interior gets an update, with a fold down center armrest with storage and cup holders. More interestingly, there is a color infotainment screen between the front seats that appears to control games, climate control, and other features.

It’s hard to spot most changes on the exterior, but a sleeker front bumper exists on the Plaid version. Now there is a Plaid and a Plaid+ being offered, with Tesla claiming the Plaid+ will make the run to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds and the quarter-mile in less than 9 seconds.

Model S Plaid Build
Screenshot: Tesla

Tesla’s build and price tool has been updated so you can configure your Model S Long Range, Model S Plaid, or Model S Plaid+ right now. Deliveries are expected to begin in late 2021.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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