2017 is going to be a big year for Tesla. Not only is the highly anticipated Model 3 supposed to be released that year, the classic Model S also gets a new update. This fully electric vehicle has been on the market since 2010 and recently experienced a surge in popularity. Of course, in terms of mileage the Tesla Model S really set the standard for all-electric vehicles. While it started off with 265 miles of electric range, through the years the battery was improved . So much so that the current Model S can make 295 miles on one full battery. The 2017 Tesla Model S sees another battery update and gets a much needed design update. After six full years of rocking the same exterior, the Model S will now be properly nipped and tucked. That way it can shine on for the next couple of years.
Let’s be clear from the start, Tesla didn’t come up with a whole new appearance for the Model S. They’d be mad to, given the fact that the Model S has such a distinct look that anyone can recognize. What they did do, however, is clean up all the edges and make it look sportier. That obviously was something the original model lacked a bit, and also something that has gotten more in trend lately.
To start off with the front of the 2017 Tesla Model S, the most important changes are in the nose and headlights. The latter are the same shape as they have always been, but the lamps have been replaced by two LED strip units. One functions as Daytime Running Lights and the other strip actually illuminates the road.
Then, the most important change is found in the grille, or rather lack thereof. The black gille with chrome outline has been ditched for a much more minimalist front embellishment. On the new Model S the Tesla emblem is still centered in the middle and it has a thin, chrome line running underneath. The area next to the emblem is dark and marks the opening of the hood, but that’s it for the grille. The lower air dams are pretty much the same, except for the leaving out of the chrome lines and the enlargement of the middle vent. The lack of visible grille strokes with the design language on the supersleek and affordable 2017 Tesla Model 3, which also doesn’t have a specific grille to speak of.
The side and rear of the 2017 Tesla Model S see no changes to speak of. The wheel options remain the same too, with a choice of 19 or 21 inch sets.
On the inside there are far less changes than on the outside of the 2017 Tesla Model S. Much has remained the same, like the 17 inch infotainment screen. This screen is the sole handling function for almost every feature in the Model S. Below the centre stack a storage compartment has been added for functionality.
Another addition to the Model S’ interior is the insert in the dashboard at the passenger’s side. This deletes the small storage space that used to be there.
Finally, there are some upgrades available at a premium. A Premium Upgrades package brings Nappa leather to armrests and dashboards and adds ambient lighting to the interior. Another premium package is the Subzero Weather Package, which adds heated seats for front and backseats, automatic wiper blade defrosting, heated wash nozzles and a heated steering wheel. It is not invisible that the great and aerodynamic 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV took some interior inspiration from the Model S.
The last additional interior package is the Ultra high Fidelity Sound package, which adds a more advanced audio system, with 12 speakers, a larger amplifier and a subwoofer.
Electric motor specs
Of course, what makes the Tesla Model S remarkable, is the fact that it’s a fully electrical vehicle, with a very big electric range. The Tesla Model S used to be available in three battery editions: the Model S 70 with a 70 kWh battery, the Model S 90D with a 90 kWh battery and standard all wheel drive and finally, the Model S P100D has a 100 kWh performance battery and all wheel drive.
These Model S editions all return for 2017 and Tesla recently disclosed that another edition will be available for option. The 2017 Tesla Model S 60 and 60D, both with a battery capable of 60 kWh and the latter with all wheel drive. This decision makes the Tesla Model S a more attractive car for people for whom the Model S, up until now, wasn’t financially attractive.
The 60 and 60D will have an electric range of over 200 miles (321 km) and can go from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds. Top speed will lie at 130 mph (210 km), which is obviously far less than the higher ranging models, but is still pretty fast.
The funny thing about the 60 and 60D models is that they’re actually equipped with a 75 kWh battery, but limited to 60 kWh. A software update can be bought at a premium which enables the other 15 kWh to be used as well. This way Tesla actually added two battery options to the Model S line-up.
To be quite honest, as is, the 2017 Tesla Model S has little to no actual competition in the EV branch. Maybe the Model S will finally find its futuristic all-electric nemesis in the 2018 Faraday Future FF 91, when that arrives.
To start off with the most important technological feature, the Tesla Model S comes with an optional Autopilot Convenience Feature, available on every trim. Autopilot is present on every Model S, but is only made available for use at a premium. Autopilot uses eight surround cameras on the car which offer a 360 degrees view up to 250 meters around the car. There are also twelve ultrasonic sensors on the car to detect soft and hard objects around the car. To pick up when camera visibility is low, due to fog, rain or a car ahead there’s also a forward-facing radar. All these features compile the necessary package to use Autopilot.
Autopilot can drive fully on highways, under certain conditions. The car will automatically match speed to traffic conditions, stay in the right lane, automatically change lanes if necessary and take an exit to another highway. The car can also fully park by itself when it is near a free parking spot and park in and leave your garage when you call for it. Model S driving is at least semi-autonomous and can sometimes even be capable of fully autonomous driving.
The Tesla Model S also comes with a set of standard safety features, these are: Automatic Emergency Braking, Side and Front Collision Warning and Automatic High Beams.
Price and sale date
Prices for the 2017 Tesla Model S have been decreased a bit since last year.
The 2017 Tesla Model S 60 starts at $70,500 (or €69,020), the 60D (AWD) starts at $75,500 (or €74,520). The Model S 75 has a starting price of $77,000 (or €83,620) and the 75D starts at $82,000 (or €89,120). Finally, the highest trim of 90D starts at $92,000 (or €99,720) and the P100D with performance battery starts at $134,500 (or €149,620).
The US prices for the Model S are before tax incentives. The maximum federal tax incentive on fully electric vehicles is $7,500. This amount will be deducted from your annual income tax, if that amount is less than $7,500, the incentive will be as high as your personal amount of income tax.
The prices in euros are the prices as they are in Germany, also before tax incentives. Depending on in which European country the car will be bought the Model S varies in price. Germany is generally speaking the one European country where new cars are cheapest, that is why we use those prices.
The new Model S will be available come February 2017, across the USA and Europe alike.