Once Tesla discontinued the Roadster, immediately it released its all fresh Model S. During its survival, the Tesla Model S has turned out to be extensively popular and it was the one of the highest selling models in the Tesla lineup. As the sales were sufficiently good, Tesla has enlarged its offering of vehicles, now with the 2017 Tesla Model X and the shortly-to-be-launched 2017 Tesla Model 3 . Initially, the Model S sedan came only in back-wheel drive configuration and covered the maximum distance of 265 miles. Tesla has effectively set the standard for all-electric models, and up to now, it is still the best all-electric version in the market.
During its survival, the Model S has come across seen many updates, counting an innovative front motor that made four-wheel-drive models available, plus the Autopilot, and the Ludicrous mode. During that period, the range has also been improved up to 295 miles for appropriately equipped models. The one thing that has not changed since the introduction of the model is the body style. Now during the 2017 model year, the automaker has lastly offered the Model S a facelift, with the name 2017 Tesla Model S. The 2017 Model S comes in three trim levels, such as 70D, 90D, and P90D.
2017 Tesla Model S Changes, Exterior
Tesla has not devoted much time to developing a new external look. Instead, the automaker has taken much effort in refining the existing style, offering it rather a sportier look. The front fascia new vehicle comes equipped with the identical hood and corner vents only. The headlights feature the similar overall shape, but only the lens has been changed. It now features an LED strip that draws around the top and external side of the lens, plus a smaller LED bit that suspends from the upper edge.
The new Model S comes equipped with a revamped nose. Instead of having a petite grille placed just over the air dam in the earlier model, the automaker has incorporated that ventilator into the region just beneath the front hood. The Tesla badge is still positioned in the middle. With this modification, the rest of the front fascia is smooth, with a solitary, but a little taller air dam between its two corner vents. Furthermore, the lip on the vehicle’s front part now has a small dip, which accents the air dam further.
The new Tesla Model S 2017 has not experienced any changes on its sides. It will be provided with four diverse sets of wheels, with a set of 10-spoke, 19-inch, Silver Slipstream wheels as standard, whereas other three wheelsets will be offered as an option. Accordingly, a set of 10-spoke, 19-inch Cyclone wheels will be offered at an extra cost of $2,500, a set of silver or gray colored 10-spoke 21-inch diameter Turbine wheels with the additional cost of $4,500.
The back part also has not received much change, as it comes equipped with the identical taillights, with the similar configuration, with the same TESLA imprint on the chrome strip. Actually, the only visible difference is a small chrome pronunciation on the bottom of the back diffuser, naturally it positions in the area that would divide two exhaust pipes.
The Model S will be offered with a body-colored roof as standard, but for an all-glass, the panoramic roof comes as an option by paying an extra cash of $1,500.
The new vehicle also comes with nine attractive body colors that include:
1. Solid White
2. Solid Black
3. Midnight Silver Metallic
4. Titanium Metallic
5. Obsidian Black Metallic
6. Silver Metallic
7. Deep Blue Metallic
8. Red Multi-coat
9. Pearl White Multi-coat
Among these nine colors, the first two body colors come as standard, whereas from serial number 3 to 7 and from 8 to 9 will be offered as an option with the additional cost of $1,000 and $1,500 respectively.
The next generation Model S has experienced only minor changes in its interior design. However, the new vehicle still sports that gigantic 17-inch display monitor, which is used to control the function of the door locks and power windows from outside. The center console comes with the same cup holders, but it looks as if the console has been lifted slightly, and now it comes with a storage bin in the center
The door panels and the seats come with the same design as those of the earlier model.
The biggest notable interior change is that the dash area that faces the passenger seat now features a trim insert that brings it glow with the upper dashboard. On earlier models, this part was recessed and more or less acted similarly to a diminutive storage pocket.
The interior of the vehicle comes with three optional packages, such as the Premium Upgrades Package, Subzero Weather Package, and the Ultra High Fidelity Sound Package.
The new Tesla Model S 2017 Premium Upgrades Package comes with features, such as:
Nappa leather covered dashboard and armrests.
Alcantara headliner and higher dashboard seating.
Soft LED ambient inside illumination.
The Subzero Weather Package comes with features that include:
Heated steering wheel.
Wash nozzle heaters.
Wiper blade defrosters.
Finally, the Ultra High Fidelity Sound Package comes with the variety of sound systems that include:
Bigger audio amplifier.
Latest audio system with 12 powerful speakers.
2017 Tesla Model S interior
2017 Tesla Model S Engine, Battery, Range
Each mode comes with the individual engine that offers different powertrain figures.
Accordingly, the base model 70D comes equipped with a 70 kWh capacity battery set and with the rear-wheel drive system as standard and the all-wheel-drive system will be offered as an option. This model covers a maximum distance of 230 miles with a single charge. It accelerates to a speed of 60 mph from the start in 5.5 seconds with the top velocity of 140 mph.
With the optional additional front motor, the 70D model accelerates to a speed of 60 mph from the start in 5.2 seconds with the same top velocity of 140 mph and in this case, it covers the maximum distance of 240 miles with a single charge.
On the other hand, the 90D comes equipped with a 90 kWh capacity battery set and the all-wheel-drive system as standard. It covers a maximum distance of 294 miles with a single charge. 2017 Model S accelerates to a speed of 60 mph from the start in 4.2 seconds with the top velocity of 155 mph.
Finally, the higher end model, the 2017 Tesla Model S P90D comes equipped with a 90 kWh capacity battery set and the all-wheel-drive system as standard. This model covers a maximum distance of 270 miles with a single charge. It accelerates to a speed of 60 mph from the start in 3.1 seconds with the top velocity of 155 mph. It also comes with the Ludicrous Speed improvement, which makes the vehicle attain the 60 mph velocity from the static mode in 2.8 seconds. Besides this, the model comes equipped with red brake calipers as standard.
Price and the release date
The 2017 Tesla Model S released date is expected to be the fourth quarter of 2016, but pricing varies according to the models. Accordingly, the base price of the 70D model with the rear-wheel drive system will be $72,500 whereas, with the all-wheel drive system, it will be available at $76,500. On the other hand, the 90D and the P90D versions will be available at a starting price of $89,500 and $109,500 respectively.
Check other Tesla models: 2017 Tesla Model X, 2017 Tesla Model 3
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