Tesla Model S Gets Minor Updates/New Features

3 years ago by Mark Kane 18

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Grey Metallic Paint – left: original, right: new Grey

Tesla Grey Metallic Paint – left: original, right: new Grey (Source: Teslarati)

According to Teslarati, Tesla Motors prepared minor updates/new features for the 2014 Model S this summer.

Among changes, we see a new version of the Gray exterior color and some interior changes:

“The Tesla Motors website now shows a new option on the order page that separates the Alcantara headliner from the Alcantara upper dashboard trim. The second option is new and is available when selecting the $1,500 Alcantara headliner upgrade.”

“I wasn’t interested in the headliner, especially at that price, but I find it fascinating that Tesla thought it was desirable enough to break out as its own individual option.”

On the other hand, the parcel shelf is now included for free for new buyers (instead of for $250). Model S owners still need to pay $250 post-delivery.

Parcel Shelf

Parcel Shelf

New Tesla Model S EVs have a new feature – an Ionizer, which moves lithium-ions from battery pack to passenger compartment cleans up particles that enter the cabin.

In other words, as Tesla is focusing on Model X and introducing Model S on new markets, there are no big improvements, just some minor tweaks.

Source: Teslarati

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18 responses to "Tesla Model S Gets Minor Updates/New Features"

  1. Aaron says:

    “an Ionizer, which moves lithium-ions from battery pack to passenger compartment”

    Ha! Nice one.

    1. Anon says:

      I laughed.

      But I thought Tesla wasn’t into creating ozone with their vehicles? Selling ionizers as an option seems kinda… Strange.

  2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Would still like to see Model S catch up to the rest of the full-size luxury market in terms of features, particularly safety features. 360 degree top-down camera, active cruise control, lane departure warning with shake/countersteer, collision alerting with braking, automatic parking, etc.

    Along with an API for loadable apps as well, in particular a Nest control app with proximity-based Auto Away would be nice.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      I think all those features will be collapsed under Auto Pilot in the not too distant future.

    2. Nicklas says:

      Don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, but I’m waiting for these features before ordering… All rumors says “comming soon”, “at Model X launch”, etc…

      I do not want to order the car and that these (in my eyes necessary) features become available even before I receive the car :-/

    3. Lorne Mattner says:

      I couldnt agree more. My volt has most of these for half the price. Step it up Tesla

  3. ffbj says:

    Yes. Those safety concerns/features need to be taken off the back burner and incorporated into the vehicle.

  4. Blind Guy says:

    I have always wanted a car with an electrostatic precipitator for cleaning the air. Ionizers can emit too much ozone and if not placed in front of some kind of filter; your whole cabin could become the particle collector. I would like the ability to clean my car’s electrostatic precipitator in my dishwasher instead of buying disposable air filters as well.

  5. drpawansharma says:

    It is also 500 Pounds lighter

    1. Anton Wahlman says:

      What precisely is 500 pounds lighter than what precisely?

      1. EV says:

        the entire car, the models being produced now are much lighter than the very first ones made in 2012

        1. Marcus says:

          i thought it was 200lbs , though i am not surprised, an source you can site? what did the model s weigh in 2012? is this for the 85kw pack or both?

  6. mhpr262 says:

    Elon Musk claims that the current version of the Model S is hundreds of pounds lighter than the first version, due to ongoing tweaking of the construction, use of aluminium instead of steel reinforcements and so on. Some people over on TMC have weighed their cars on industrial scales und they are lighter, but nothing close to “hundreds of pounds”, more like 50 pounds.

  7. zoe-driver says:

    Hey cool, Tesla has now an Ionizer like my cheap Renault ZOE ZEN has for almost 2 years.

    Now just the heat pump is missing in the Tesla Model S to get techically up to ZOE niveau 🙂

    1. Cavaron says:

      And of course a free 43 kW AC charger. Tesla call their 22 kW AC charger “double charger” in Europe… wonder if they could fit in a “quadro charger” 😉

  8. tom911 says:

    Where are promised new and improved seats???

    1. Phr3d says:

      offered as an option and a retro-fit upon release of the X

      1. Nicklas says:

        I’m wondering just how many things will be added as options once X is released… Improved seats, collision avoidance,…?

        Could we please have the X launch this month!? Is that even realistic?