New, faster Tesla Model S and X revealed and already in production


Tesla announced updates to its aging Model S sedan Wednesday during its Q4 earnings call, showing off the first significant design overhaul the electric flagship has received since its introduction way back in 2012. A storage cubby now sits below the touchscreen, along with a hard button for the four-way flashers.

An airplane-style steering "yoke" (similar to the one spotted in prototypes of Tesla's new Roadster) instead of a standard round wheel. The vertical touchscreen has been replaced by a landscape display for the infotainment system, and better late than never, the rear-seat passengers have also been treated to a brand-new touchscreen for Netflix, gaming, and all that jazz.

The Model S and X each have a new trim level, as well.

SUV fans will be happy to know that Tesla has also confirmed a refreshed version of the Model X, which will include the same exterior and interior tweaks as the Model S. It's unclear what function this screen might serve at this point.

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Looking at the exterior, the rendering shows off a auto that is immediately identifiable as the Model S. The majority of the rework happened to the lower portion of the front fascia, though there are also new wheels. The front bumper has been updated with what a new lower grille and side intakes that could direct airflow to cool the the brakes.

Tesla says it will be capable of accelerating to 60 mph in under 1.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 200 mph and covering 390 miles per charge.

CEO Elon Musk said production of the new cars has already begun and deliveries will begin in February, although the Tesla website has it listed as March. The interior changes freshen up the vehicle, which hasn't seen a major update in many years.