Updated Tesla Model S Due In September With Model 3-Inspired Interior And 400 Mile Range

Tesla makes changes to their lineup on a chaotic basis, but it appears the Model S is about to get a significant refresh.

Citing several former and current employees, CNBC is reporting Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California is being prepared to produce the all-new Model Y and an updated Model S.

The latter car is expected to go into production in September and it will reportedly feature a host of updates including a new interior which follows in the footsteps of the Model 3. As a result, we can expect a minimalist cabin which could eschew the current car’s digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system with a portrait orientation. Both will presumably be replaced by an all-new ‘floating’ display similar to the one used on the Model 3.

Besides the new infotainment system, the car could adopt seats sourced from higher-end versions of the Model 3. There could also be a new dashboard and a revised center console – among other things.

Performance changes are more mysterious, but the report suggested the updated Model S could share its electric motors with the higher-end versions of the Model 3. The report also says there will be an updated battery that increases the range to 400 miles (644 km). That’s an impressive distance for an EV, but it’s only 30 miles (48 km) further than the current Model S Long Range.

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It remains unclear if the update will also include exterior styling changes, but it appears the car will be built on the same production line as the Model X. This will reportedly happen to accommodate Model Y production which could begin as early as next year. If that’s the case, the entry-level crossover could arrive well ahead of its planned launch in the fall of 2020.

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  • no25

    It’s funny because I’ve always found the Model S to have the nicest interior of the gang (even though I don’t care for any Tesla interior to begin with).

    • GobbleUp

      Design is ok, but lacks comfort and basic features.
      I’m on my second S and would have hoped for a lot better interior.

      • TheBelltower

        I don’t want an opulent interior, quilted leather or scent canisters like you’ll find in an S class. But I agree that level of luxury in the X and S need to be stepped-up now that others are entering the playing field.

      • no25

        Yeah, I was talking more design by “nicest.” I’ve sat in the S and X (not 3 or Y yet) and find them to be very uncomfortable and far from having that “luxurious” feeling.

  • BlackPegasus

    The Model 3’s interior is one of it’s biggest weaknesses. Why on earth would Tesla ruin the Model S with it’s design elements? 🥺

    • TheBelltower

      You can’t be serious.

      • alexxx

        Yet he is…and on point.

    • P H

      Because it’s cheaper in production.

  • badcyclist

    It’s a quibble, but “floating” looks a lot like “tacked on”.

  • eb110americana

      • Jason Panamera

        So model X and Y are new definitions of classic design.

      • Sovereignty

        Classic? Really? Tesla seems to have no style whatsoever. They are like looking at a cheaply-built Chinese washing machine.

      • Astonman

        I really like the Model S. They nailed it the first time. It will be interesting how they will do better.


          • Astonman

            I agree – their changes will be very minor exterior. I like their interiors now – it’s a Scandinavian styling – very modern. I’d like to see them make it plusher – more baubles to give it an expensive feel. More detailing. Going the route of the Model 3 will be the opposite of making it look luxurious.

  • Mr. EP9

    The range I can definitely get behind but why the Model 3’s interior? The interior the S is far better than what the 3 has, why cheapen it by going down that route? Is it less expensive to just copy and paste that or do they think an over sized iPad tacked on the dash, with little else in the cockpit, actually looks good because it doesn’t.

    • Sébastien

      floating screen is much more ergonomic, easier to reach.
      now, this unique model3 vent has some pro and cons…
      and that steering wheel, good in hands, but it’s really not pleasing to look at.

  • Alduin

    The model 3 has the worst interior i’ve ever seen. This isn’t minimalist this is boring and uninspiring.

  • Six_Tymes

    these changes don’t sound like upgrades to me, they sound like down grades. except for the battery with increased range, thats obviously an up.

  • Harry_Wild

    The rumored refresh cabin, will make the Model S even more minimalist then it already is! I think of a luxurious cabin as having more knobs, screens and electronics gags as well as more cup holders and expanded storage compartments! This minimalist extreme rumor means more basic, cheap, third world cabin.

  • Enter Ranting

    So, no interior then?

    • Six_Tymes


  • ‘Arrives September’. Which September would that be then?

    • Alduin

      2035 or 2055 not sure plus you have to first put down a non refundable deposit of drum roll please….$80,000

      • Nordschleife

        Lol funny 😄

  • Rocket

    They can keep their minimalist interiors. Of all the reasons not to buy a Tesla, the lack of physical controls is at the very top of that substantial list. Hard pass.

  • Blanka Li

    The minimalist interior is where Tesla is falling down with the Model S. The P100D doesn’t feel like a $155,000 car. If it had an ICE engine and a different name badge, it would be a $60,000 car.

  • Smith

    In other words a cheap interior and the same boring styling so they can make more money and try to cut their losses to $500 million per quarter instead of $700 million, and to give Elon his latest $2.28 billion pay package. Good move and a good spend of investors money.

  • Sovereignty

    The money troubles must be piling up at Tesla if they are going to downgrade the Model S interior with Model 3 parts.

    • Dansk

      I doubt they would use Model 3 parts! The S and X will still remain premium, if this update proves to be true they will be “inspired” by the Model 3 interior design!

      • Sovereignty

        Will this improve reliability and build quality? Probably not.

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