Tesla ‘refresh’ of Model S and X isn’t coming, says Elon Musk

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Elon Musk recently debunked rumors of an upcoming refresh for the Tesla Model S and Model X. In a recent series of tweets, Musk clarified that the flagship vehicles would continue to receive ongoing changes and updates to their design, such as the new high-efficiency Model 3 motors that were fitted into the Model S and X’s front drive units last April. As for a complete refresh involving a new design and interior, Musk stated that there would be no such thing. 

“There is no ‘refreshed’ Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago,” Musk wrote in a Twitter post. 

Musk was notably firm in his Twitter responses, stating that there will also be no refresh of the large sedan and SUV’s interior as well. With this in mind, customers looking to purchase either a Model S or Model X are best advised to buy a vehicle today. Otherwise, as noted by one of the CEO’s followers on Twitter, buyers holding out for a refreshed Model S and X will most definitely be waiting for a very, very long time. 

Musk’s recent updates on Twitter stand in contrast to rumors that have emerged over the past month. In early June, for example, speculations from a reported Tesla insider suggested that the company is preparing to release a refreshed Model S with three electric motors and a range that exceeds 400 miles per charge. These rumors, which were reported by Tesla owner-enthusiast Kim in YouTube’s Like Tesla channel, further suggested that the revamped Model S and Model X are currently undergoing testing in extreme heat in areas such as the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. 

This was not all. In late May, a report from CNBC, which cited multiple sources from within the electric car maker, claimed that the company was rejiggering its Fremont, CA plant for the upcoming production of a refreshed Model S. Similar to the information related to the YouTube host and Tesla owner-enthusiast, CNBC’s sources also mentioned a battery pack that delivers over 400 miles of range per charge. The publication further claimed that initial production of the refreshed flagship sedan could begin as early as September.

While Elon Musk has stated that there won’t be a full refresh for the Model S and Model 3, the CEO did assure the Tesla community that the two vehicles will continue to get improved over time. With this in mind, those purchasing the cars today and in the coming months will most definitely receive the best that the company has to offer with regards to its two flagship vehicles. As for the rumored improvements that are reportedly part of the Model S and X’s upcoming refresh, perhaps these will be rolled out as improvements as well. 

Musk’s recent announcement stands as yet another proof that Tesla is no ordinary carmaker. Traditional automakers do not release incremental improvements on their vehicles; instead, they release a set of updates in a refreshed version a few years later. Tesla moves far quicker than this, rolling out improvements and efficiencies to its electric cars as soon as the technology is available. With this in mind, it appears that “refreshed” or not, the Model S and Model X will retain their place as two of the best premium EVs in the market today.

Tesla ‘refresh’ of Model S and X isn’t coming, says Elon Musk
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