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Tesla unveils its refreshed 2017 Model S

Updated 4 years ago
Published Apr 12th, 2016 10:56AM EDT
Tesla Refreshed 2017 Model S
Image: Tesla

As expected, Tesla on Tuesday took the wraps off a refreshed version of its Model S electric car. Among other things, the refreshed Model S is going to get the same air filtration system that’s in the Model X, which opens the door for it to get the “bioweapon defense mode” feature. The car also got a significant facelift up front, as Tesla removed the grill on the front of the car and also tweaked the headlight design.

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Here’s a photo of the car in white:

For comparison, here’s the front of the Model X. You can see Tesla definitely took some design cues from its SUV when designing the front of the new Model S:

And here’s a pic that shows the rear of the refreshed 2017 Model S:

As far as new features go, the HEPA air filtration system that includes bioweapon defense mode will be part of a premium upgrade package that will also include LED fog lights, Nappa leather arm rests, and two activated carbon air purification filters.

The new Model S will also come with a 48-amp onboard charger, which is a bump up from the 40-amp charger that came with older Model S cars.

To learn more about the refreshed Model S, check out Tesla’s full page at this link.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.