Every major change Tesla has made to the Model S throughout the years
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- Tesla first introduced the Model S in 2012. Since then, it has earned lots of recognition and awards like MotorTrend's "Ultimate Car of the Year."
- The car, now seven years old, has never seen a full redesign, but the 2019 Model S has evolved significantly from the first iteration of the car.
- From losing front grilles and sunroofs to increasing its range, here are all the major changes Tesla has made to the flagship Model S.
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The Tesla Model S has earned many accolades, from being labeled the best-selling car in Norway in 2013 to being awarded MotorTrend's "Ultimate Car of the Year" award.Unlike other mainstream car manufacturers that may significantly update their vehicles before a full redesign, Tesla has taken a different route, implementing small aesthetic and mechanical changes over the course of each vehicle's life cycle, while investing substantially more resources into over-the-air software updates that improve the vehicles internally.Advertisement
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter in July that the Model S would not be refreshed this year, and would - along with its SUV sibling the Model X - only receive incremental changes instead.And since its introduction, the Model S has undergone many changes, including updates to its drive unit, as well as exterior and interior aesthetic modifications.
Here is a timeline of some major changes the popular electric luxury sedan has undergone since its introduction, both in its aesthetics and in its programming and driving features.
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In 2013, Tesla released the Model S P85+.
In 2014, Tesla's Autopilot driver-assist technology was introduced.Advertisement
In 2015, Tesla created another tier of the Premium Interior Package.
Tesla also announced the new Ludicrous mode for the P90D in 2015.Advertisement
The solid glass roof became an option in 2016.
Tesla bumped up the performance times it quotes for the car in 2017.Advertisement
In 2018, Tesla changed the roof options again with the panoramic sunroof removed as an option.
The battery range for the 2019 Model S Long Range increased by 105 miles.Advertisement