Electric Cars

Updated Tesla Model S with more features, higher price coming soon

Tesla's Model S sedan changed the world's perceptions on what an electric car could be. Four years later, it's finally getting some much-needed updates -- and a price hike.

When the Tesla Model S hit the roads way back in 2012, it convinced a lot of people that a battery-powered car could be genuinely good to drive and not just good for the environment. Now, that car is about to get a refresh that could be unveiled as early as next week.

According to sources inside the company, Tesla will be making a series of updates to the Model S with the goals of both simplifying manufacturing and adding some more luxury-minded appointments. That latter part is important as the Model S will soon face what could be its strongest competition yet: Tesla's own Model 3. These updates will also help boost its standing against increasingly attractive (though non-EV) options from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, cars that generally offer far more refined interiors.

The most immediate change, according to our sources, will be a slight visual refresh on the nose. It won't look exactly like the Model X or Model 3, we're told, but it will bring the car closer to the frontal treatments of those cars. LED headlights will also provide a cleaner look up front, while some additional paint colors will join the configurator.

On the inside, the Model S will move to the same front seats found in the Model X, meaning ventilation will be an option. The car will receive some new interior storage compartments, including pockets in the door -- an addition current owners will appreciate.

We're told that Tesla is cleaning out the last of the previous generation's production parts now and that the refreshed Model S could debut as early as next week. Our sources say a price increase will come with these updates, but the amount remains to be seen.

When asked about the upcoming Model S refresh, a Tesla spokesperson provided the following statement:

We don't comment on rumor or speculation about future releases. Tesla is constantly innovating and adding new features to our vehicles to perpetually improve Tesla vehicles for our existing and future customers. We price our vehicles consistently throughout the world which requires us to adjust pricing to foreign currency exchange rates. We have let customers know that some price changes will take effect in early April. We always encourage those interested in purchasing Model S to place their order so they can start enjoying the many benefits of Model S today.

Needless to say, we'll bring you more updates on the Model S refresh as we get them.