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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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.
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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