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A Scarce Update for the 2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Tesla Model S review

The newest 2021 Tesla Model S comes with a facelift. But do not get your hopes up just yet as it is pretty minor and not so much exciting as one would hope it would be. It does provide a fully redesigned front end which sees some great new additions and updates. There are also going to be brand new models, like the 60 and 60D, which are more affordable versions of the Model S car.

When Tesla discontinued the Roadster they introduced the Model S vehicle. Little did they know that the car would spark to be one of its highest sellers and a vehicle which would inspire models like the Model X and the upcoming Tesla Model 3. The original sedan came with only a rear-wheel drive and a range of 265 miles, which help it set the standard in the segment. Even now the Tesla Model S is considered as one of the best all-electric model you can find.

During the past few years there were several updates made to the Tesla Model S. They also included a new front motor that made all-wheel-drive variants available. Other additions included Autopilot and Ludicrous mode, which the range was also expanded to 295 miles. But the body style is what has not changed at all since the inception of the vehicle. The 2021 Tesla Model S is supposed to change that with the facelift they are making.

The release date is going to come faster than you think and since the pictures of the car have already been officially released and the model will become available for sale, it was a nice time for a review about it.


2021 Tesla Model S exterior

2021 Tesla Model S Release Date Info

It would appear that the 2021 Tesla Model S will appear a little bit earlier than the name of the model car says. We can expect to see it arrive as early as mid-2020 with the sales already offered by the end of the year or the start of 2021. We really like the news about the release date and it shows that Tesla is thinking about its customers.

2021 Tesla Model S Price List

The price list for all of the 2021 Tesla Model S trims and vehicles has already been announced. We are treated to it early and see what changes have been made. Fortunately, it is not a lot and the prices will not change drastically to before. It all starts with a base MSRP of $66,000, for the entry 60 RWD models, while the 60D AWD costs $71,000. Moving on to the 70D RWD priced $71,500 and the 70D AWD with a tag of $76,500. Finally we get to the top rated models, the 90D and P90D, respectively priced $89,500 and $109,500.

Exterior Update for the 2021 Tesla Model S

Unfortunately, although we were expecting to see a massive change in style for the 2021 Tesla Model S. that did not happen. It is not to say that this is all bad but because they did manage to refine the car a little bit and make it a lot better looking compared to before. They managed to improve the design of the current style by making it a little bit more aggressive. The front end does still includes the same hood design but the headlights have an oval shape and come with changed lenses. It adds LED strips which outlines the top and outer side of the lens, with smaller ones hanging on the upper edge.

The most noticeable change is the nose of the 2021 Model S. Instead of a small grille placed just above the air dam, they decided to integrate the vent just below the front hood. This makes the rest of the fascia seem smoother with a single but taller air dam which comes between the two corner vents. The side of the car features absolutely no changes and the car provides 19-inch, 10-spoke Silver Slipstream wheels, with 19-inch, 10-spoke Cyclone wheels and 21-inch Turbine wheels available for upper trims. The rear end also does not feature any changes and it comes with an identical configuration as the outgoing model.

Slight Changes on the Inside


2021 Tesla Model S interior

The interior of the 2021 Tesla Model S is updated in the same manner as the outside, perhaps even less. We can see a massive 17-inch display screen which is supposed to control all the major functions of the car. The center console still comes with the cup holders but it has been raised a little bit and comes with a storage bin right in the middle.

The seats and the door panels have not changed in any way. It is a bit disappointing that they remain the same because at least what they could do is try and address this for the update. A far bigger change though is the area of the dash in front of the passenger seat which has a trim insert that brings it flush with the upper dash.

There are also several packages which come with your new 2021 Tesla Model S. You can opt for a Premium Upgrades package, Subzero Weather Package, Ultra High Fidelity Sound package. Each one of them comes with its own perks.

Certain Updates for the Powertrain

The new 2021 Tesla Model S will continue using the three engine variants it had before. These are the S 70 trim which comes with a standard 70 kWH battery and rear-wheel drive. Next is the S 90D which uses a 90 kWh battery and all-wheel drive as standard. The range topping version is the P90D which comes with a 90 kWh performance battery and all-wheel drive.

For the new model there is a single update that offers a S 60 and an all-wheel-drive Model S 60D. They will use a 75 kWh battery that is limited to 60 kWh as a power source. It is perhaps a step backward but it is also a more affordable offer for some of the fans of the brand.


2021 Tesla Model S engine

0-60 mph and Top Speed for the 2021 Tesla Model S

Based on the type of the engine the 2021 Tesla Model S uses, the acceleration, top speed and also range will differ. The 70 model a top speed of 140 mph and can speed up to 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds with all-wheel drive and also offers a range of 230 miles. With an extra motor in the front it has the ability to reach 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and a range of 240 miles, but with the same top speed.

The 90D has a range of 294 miles, the best one currently offered, and a top speed of 155 mph. It can also race down to 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The range-topping P90D provides us with a range of 270 miles and a time of 3.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The top speed is also 155 mph but with the Ludicrous Speed upgrade, the numbers get crazier as it can speed up to 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

The newest S 60 trims can reach 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, has a range of 200 miles and a top speed of 130 mph.

Fuel Economy Ratings

The 2021 Tesla Model S will retain the stellar stats which the previous model came with. This one did not improve upon the EPA statistics greatly but it is still very good for the newest car. The model is rated 89 MPGe in the city and 98 MPGe on the highway.

Dimensions of the New Model

The newest 2021 Tesla Model S will boast the same dimensions as the model that came before it. The update is so scarce that it was not even a surprise that the dimensions were kept the same. Thus the full length is 196.0″, wheelbase 116.5″ and width 86.2″.

Safety Specifics

As far as safety goes, the 2021 Tesla Model S will not gain so much when it comes to the added safety. What you have is what we get, meaning that they do not plan to expand on the current setup so much. The only real innovation here is for the Model S 60 which will add Tesla’s safety features and an autopilot system as well.

Rivaling Models

The segment of electronic cars is getting tighter and tighter and the 2021 Tesla Model S is not going to be featured alone here. During the years other brands have managed to establish their concepts and made their modifications to the electronic cars that they offer so perhaps the best ones to see here are the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and the BMW I8 models which are probably ranked at the very top of hybrid cars.

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