Eyes Without a Face: Restyled Tesla Model S Revealed

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Grilles are so 20th century.

As we speculated last week, Tesla has put a new face on its Model S, doing away with the faux grille designed to trick people into thinking there was something combusting under the hood.

The new front end is a corporate amalgam of the both the recently unveiled Model 3 sedan and Model X SUV. Tesla apparently thinks that society has progressed enough to accept the disappearance of an air-sucking mouth at the front of a car.

The Tesla logo sits triumphantly above the newly blank space, flanked by LED headlights, while the lower fascia remains relatively unchanged (minus a slight increase in the size of the lower opening).

News of the facelift accompanied claims that Tesla was going to move the Model S slightly upmarket with increased interior luxury. The Model S is now available with new trim options, and a “Bioweapon Defense Mode” cabin air filtration system borrowed from the Model X is now an option.

To decrease battery fill-up times, an upgraded 48-amp charger has become standard equipment.

Tesla spent the winter offering a limited time, 36-month lease that got you into a base Model S 70 for $698. The price of a 70D is now $853/month for 36 months, with $6,548 due at signing. Owning the Tesla that made electric driving seem less than crazy is still not a cheap proposition.

Now, back to that face. Is anyone else reminded of the 1954 Kaiser Darrin?

[Images: Tesla Motors]

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  • 285exp 285exp on Apr 13, 2016

    Looks like Lightning McQueen.

  • Philadlj Philadlj on Apr 13, 2016

    I'm a child of the late 80's-early 90's, where grille-less cars were all over the place, so I like this look. My favorite is probably the '92 Crown Vic. The audacity Ford had to remove the grille from a car with such a hoity-toity name...that was great: http://bit.ly/1YtOCsu I think this look would work on a great many cars with too-large bass mouths.

  • EBFlex At the summer property putting boats in the water, leveling boat lifts, cleaning the lots for summer, etc. Typical cabin stuff in the most beautiful place on the planet
  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.
  • CAMeyer Considering how many voters will be voting for Trump because they remember that gas prices were low in 2020–never mind the pandemic—this seems like a wise move.
  • The Oracle Been out on the boat on Lake James (NC) and cooking up some hella good food here with friends at the lake place.