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Tesla Preparing Model X-Themed Facelift For Model S?

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On: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 12:57PM | By: Carl Malek

Tesla Preparing Model X-Themed Facelift For Model S?

Tesla is preparing a much needed refresh for its state of the art Model S sedan, but a new report suggests that the updates could share their theme with the brand's recently launched Model X crossover; it would also serve as a new chapter in the company's evolving styling language.

According to the report published by Electrek—and first spotted by Green Car Reports—the facelift for the Model S is expected to bring the tech-laden four door closer to the Model X in terms of styling with some of the X's technology also finding its way into the car. The report originated from comments allegedly made by an unnamed Tesla service advisor, and, at least on the surface, appear to be credible since these service advisors tend to receive training ahead of an upcoming new model or update to an existing vehicle.

The claims have yet to be either confirmed or denied by Tesla, but the move would certainly not be a surprise since the Model S is now entering its fourth year of production in 2016, seven years after the original rolling prototype was unveiled. While the car may have retained its rather subdued appearance, the company has invested much of its time into updating the technology that the Model S has by adding a new Autopilot driving assist system, several revisions to the car's electronics, as well as new power train offerings.

If the rumors do indeed turn out to be true, look for the revised Model S to feature a tweaked front fascia that would feature a smaller faux front grille, new headlights, and revised surrounds for the front fog lights. The car would also feature revamped aerodynamics, and perhaps a tweaked interior to help bring the Model S in line with some of the technologies that made their debut on the Model X.

The anonymous service advisor also revealed that interested buyers will have to wait until the Model 3 sedan makes its debut in March before they can place an order, but, as mentioned before, these claims have not been officially verified by Tesla. It will be interesting to see what happens and whether the Model S will incorporate much of its bigger brand mate's styling cues.


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