No "Refreshed" Model X or Model S Coming, Says Musk

Chad Kirchner
by Chad Kirchner
no refreshed model x or model s coming says musk

Are you sitting around waiting for a Tesla Model S or Model X update before spending your hard-earned money on the high-end electric vehicle of your dreams? You might as well just buy now because, according to Elon Musk himself, there is no major refresh or updates coming to either of Tesla’s top-end models. Cue the sad trombone.

In response to a tweet from last night, Musk answered the question as to whether there would be an update on the horizon. “There is no ‘refreshed’ Model X or Model S coming” said the CEO, “only a series of minor ongoing changes.” Musk went on to then say there there might be small updates over time, like integrating the motor from the Model 3 into the S and X, but that just happened recently so there’s nothing in the pipeline.

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.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019

The Twitter user then asked if there’d be any interior updates, because there have been alleged leaks of testing a new minimalist interior. The answer from Musk was quite direct.



— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019

Other than the change in electric motors, which resulted in improved range, the only major update to the Model S was the removing of the grille from the front of the car. The X hasn’t had any major changes. While the automotive industry does update more slowly than big tech, most manufacturers would have looked into a full refresh at this point.

While there isn’t a need to update for the sake of range — the Model S’s 370 miles of range is fantastic — there are some areas of the car that could be improved upon. Interior materials are fine for a semi-premium commuter, but other cars at the Model S price point have nicer places inside to spend your time. Most just don’t offer a 100 percent EV experience. Not yet, anyway.

Though this should be good news for people looking to buy. Purchasing now before the federal tax credit goes away completely will save the buyer a few bucks in the long run, and customers don’t have to fear an update coming out that makes their brand new car obsolete. It appears Tesla is currently focusing most of its efforts on the upcoming Model Y and future products.

[Image: Tesla]

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  • Kwong Kwong on Jul 09, 2019

    I don't think Tesla should feel pressured into designing and building generations of the same model car. If it ain't broken... Most manufacturers roll out a new generation model to attract new buyers, attract old buyers, progress, and keep up with the competition. Tesla is niche technology car brand that updates older vehicles through OTA software updates, does minor refreshes, and does continuous revisements to its production components. It costs a lot of money to redesign and unless the old model is fading towards obsolescence, I don' t see the point in taking the risk of turning a good model into a flop. Tesla seems to be following the Mazda Miata, Jeep Wrangler, & VW Golf. Yes there have been multiple generations of each, but the changes are relatively subtle and the older generations serve the same utility that the new ones do.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 10, 2019

      While the NA and NB were similar, the NC and ND Miatas were pretty radically different from one another. Having said that, there is precedent for the if it ain't broke approach with many of the luxury marques, such as Mercedes leaving their models in production for long periods of time back in the day. On the other hand, it's an 80k plus car with a design that is best described as handsome, but "long in the tooth". Really no reason to mess with it though unless the BMWs, Benzes, and traditional luxury marques start stealing more sales.

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jul 10, 2019

    Like I've said before, Tesla is the high-tech version of AMC (bad), or Checker Motors (worse). They've spent plenty of money on battery and powertrain technology, but don't have the money or the resources to do every five year redesigns. It's only a matter of time before they're overtaken by the traditional manufacturers (the ones that do have the money and the resources) with their own BEVs.

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    • Markf Markf on Jul 10, 2019

      Why chase less than 1% of the market when you can make some nice profits off SUVs/CUVs or full size pickup trucks? I would think the initial investment would be huge for low/no profits. Plus, no other electric car would have the prestige of the Tesla name. I am not a fan of Musk but I would like Telsa auto to succeed. I have driven a model 3 and though it is not for me I get the appeal.

  • FreedMike It's not cheap, but 45 grand for a car with this kind of performance, equipment level and practicality isn't a bad deal at all. @Tim - I think you have the wrong transmission listed in the box above. The DSG is a seven-speed, not a six-speed.
  • FreedMike During my second year of college, I took my first French class, where I discovered that if you remove the "e" from "Citroen," you get the French word for "lemon." My family had a Citroen - an SM, no less. Completely appropriate. Nice logo or not, Stellantis is going to have an uphill battle reintroducing this brand - or any French brand, for that matter.
  • IBx1 It works better as an oval than a circle as it appears in the headline photo, but I generally dislike the 2D logos everyone in the industry is adopting and think badge looked great since '09.
  • Pbxtech I like it, but it's not an improvement. Lateral move at best.
  • Cprescott It is not a disaster like the 2024 Ford Mustake.