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Hot on the heels of the introduction of the Model 3, Tesla has now unveiled the latest version of the Model S. The updates for the electric sedan include exterior design, as well as list of equipment and optional items.

As you can see, the styling update is subtle yet noticeable. The Model S follows in the footsteps of the Model 3 by ditching its front grille for a sleeker look that is also beneficial in terms of aerodynamics. The car also gets a new pair of adaptive headlights to go with the new front fascia. The headlights boast 14 three-position LED lights for improved visibility at night, especially on winding roads.

Not much has changed in the cabin, except that it can now be specified with two new wood trims: Dark Ash and Figured Ash. In terms of equipment, customers may now add the Model X‘s HEPA air filtration system to the list. The system removes 99.7% of bacteria and allergens and includes a “Bioweapon Defense Mode”, which uses two carbon air filters to prevent odours from entering the cabin.

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Other than that, customers may also opt for the Autopilot features that include automatic steering, lane change and auto park functions; Subzero Weather package that adds heated seats and steering wheel; as well as a 72-amp onboard charging system to replace the standard 48-amp unit. The sedan can also be had with air suspension that can be lowered or raised through the car’s 17-inch touchscreen.

The lineup in the Model S range comprises the 70 (available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations), 90D and P90D. The rear-wheel-drive 70 is powered by a single electric motor with 315 hp and 440, while the all-wheel-drive 70D (D for dual motor) gets 328 hp and 525 Nm from two power units. Similarly, the 90D features an electric motor on each of its axle, but enjoys a higher output of 417 hp and 657 Nm.

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On top of the echelon is the P90D (P for performance) with 503 hp at the rear and 259 hp at the front. In case you’ve forgotten, the variant carries Tesla’s 532-hp “Ludicrous” mode that sends the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. In Normal, the output is reduced to 463 hp.

 

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