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Tesla planning to make the Model S more expensive alongside new luxury upgrades

Tesla Model S

The Model 3 may be all the rage at the moment, but Tesla hasn’t forgotten about the car that helped make it a household name while also establishing the company as force to be reckoned with in the auto industry – the Model S.

Since its 2012 release, it’s hardly an overstatement to say that the Model S has been a game-changer. Not only was the Model S lauded for its performance, safety features and striking design, it also forced other auto manufacturers to take EVs seriously. More than that, the Tesla Model S effectively reshaped the way we think about cars and what the driving experience should be.

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All the same, the Model S isn’t without its fair share of criticisms, however minor. One of the more common complaints we’ve seen about the Model S is that its fit and finish is a bit lackluster compared to similarly priced luxury sedans.

But Tesla, not content to rest on its laurels, is reportedly planning to address this issue as early as next week. According to a report from CNET, the Model S may soon be updated with more features, more luxurious internals, and alongside that, a higher pricepoint.

According to sources inside the company, Tesla will be making a series of updates to the Model S with the goals of both simplifying manufacturing and adding some more luxury-minded appointments. That latter part is important as the Model S will soon face what could be its strongest competition yet: Tesla’s own Model 3. These updates will also help boost its standing against increasingly attractive (though non-EV) options from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, cars that generally offer far more refined interiors.

Specifically, the report claims that the revamped Model S may feature the same luxurious front seats Tesla included in the Model X. In addition, the report adds that Tesla may make a slight adjustment or two to the front end of the car, perhaps with ever so slight redesigns to the car’s nose and LED headlights.

Of course, these improvements will likely be accompanied by an increase to the base price of the Model S, but we’ll have to wait until the revamped car is released to get a better idea of how much more money Tesla is planning to charge consumers.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.