Tesla is already doing reviews on the latest version of its flagship sedan, and eyewitnesses have spotted the Model S. A revised charging door is similar to that of the Model 3 and Model Y.
Last week, the Tesla Cybertruck was seen on the Fremont factory test circuit with several new changes. However, a slightly revised version of the Model S was also spotted in the video, but not much was made due to the sheer hype of the all-electric truck doing racy courses on the test track. Now, it appears that Tesla is testing the new Model S design in public on the roads. A Facebook user named Udara G (via Sawyer Merritt) posted several photos of the new Model S design driving around, and there are several notable changes.
BREAKTHROUGH: The 2022 Model S is revamped with a new taillight design (the black stripe no longer extends to the taillight) and a new charger fender (to match the Model 3/Y). After only 6 months in Plaid production, they are already starting to improve it!
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Taillight design reviews
Currently, the Model S Plaid features a taillight design that has a black stripe that extends across the width of the trunk. This black tape actually goes to the taillights on the current design. The new design does not include the black bar in the taillights, with the ride piece stopping at the inner edges of each taillight.
Free port door design reviews
The charging port design on the S Plaid has also been redesigned. Previous versions of the car were distinguished by a small door opening for the charging port. However, the new design is more in line with the 3 and Y models, as it is larger and looks like an inverted version of the port door on the 3 and Y.
Speculation about why Tesla would do this seems to point to the fact that the Model S Plaid will need a CCS-compliant design when released for vehicles in markets that use this charging port, including Europe, where electric vehicles are very popular.
Interestingly enough, Tesla just updated the Model S design late last year. Tesla announced the newly designed Model S in January 2021 during its fourth-quarter 2020 earnings call. Deliveries of the Model S Plaid began in June 2021.
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