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You might remember Just a couple of months ago, Tesla announced an update to Model S and X and it cooled speculation on a bigger refresh that just about everyone had hoped for.
Recently, we were given some insider information from a source who works closely with Tesla. Obviously they want to remain anonymous but they’ve worked with Tesla for better part of this decade and have been close to many projects Tesla’s unveiled in recent years.
They shared with us what the potential new Model S and X refresh might entail and hinted at what design variants Tesla has been testing out in the Mohave desert of California in recent months.
We were told the new refresh may include a Tri- motor design, similar to what the next gen Roadster would offer.
The vehicle that was being tested had 1 front motor (what they called a micro motor)
And 2 rear motors (they tested both standard and performance Motor variants in rear)
He mentioned it will have similar design structure in these new motors as the next gen Roadster will. The EPA range was being tested to be north of 400 miles on the Model S and nearing 400 on Model X
When asked if it was a 100 kwh pack or larger on these vehicles he just pointed up saying it will be a Lighter and larger battery pack With a bit of Increased performance expected as well. The S and X are expected to shed about 350 lbs in Battery weight which would add also help add to their range as well.
When we asked if the 2170 cells of model 3 were being used in these S’s and X’s, the only thing our contact told us was that it’s an entirely new design, he wouldn’t say which style battery was designated for them.
so is it new chemistry, or just a new structure to existing cells we don’t know. What is certain is that this would finally bring the full 250kw or more of potential V3 supercharging speeds to S and X.
The tests were being conducted in extreme heat around the Death Valley, California area as well as parts of Arizona as the motors and battery have a newly designed cooling mechanism that they were putting to the test.I think if this motor and battery redesign makes it to market, which I think it will, it will be introduced with the interior/exterior refresh of S and X.
We were also told the interior design language did indeed follow Model 3’s footsteps with the spartan interior. And When asked when we could expect some or all of these additions we were told potentially sometime in Q3 of this year.
If you think about, this timing would provide another major incentive for people to jump into what would remain an industry leading vehicle right in time for when the US tax credit fully phases out at the end of this year.
Now we know, according to Elon Musk Tesla has recently closeod parts of its Fremont factory to its daily tours it offers owners.
This is believed to be for re-tooling the factory for the upcoming Model Y which is expected to roll out in a little over a year and perhaps the S and X refresh which could roll out shortly before then.
What do you think?
Would this incentivize you to upgrade if you waited out after the last S and X update a couple of months ago?