Tesla Model X refresh debuts with updated interior, subtle styling changes

With good reason, all eyes are on the Model S Refresh with its tri-motor Plaid+ version offering neck-twisting performance. However, Tesla has also made changes to its SUV sibling with largely the same updates introduced on the sedan. While the Model X doesn’t get the ludicrous 1,020-horsepower powertrain, virtually all the other novelties have been carried over.

Among the modifications, the most notable is a new infotainment system with landscape orientation to replace the portrait-style display of the old Model X. Since we’re on the subject of screens, the rear passengers now have their own display from which they can access various controls and entertainment features.

Another major change is the adoption of an oddly shaped steering wheel, which looks somewhat similar to the one that Tesla is going to install in the second-generation Roadster. A closer look at the dashboard reveals the absence of any visible air vents thanks to what the company refers to as the tri-zone Airwave HVAC to enable an even more minimalistic look.

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Stepping outside of the electric SUV, not much has changed. It would appear Tesla has eliminated the chrome accents and has revised the front bumper design, though nothing to write home about. Some fresh alloy wheels have been added to the catalog, while the rear bumper skirt now contains a trapezoidal shape in the center.

Tesla is not wasting any time as it has already updated the configurator with the Model X refresh. The Long Range model costs $89,990 and offers a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup with 360 miles of range, 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. Step up to the beefier Plaid from $119,990 and the sprint takes 2.5 seconds en route to 163 mph, while range drops to 340 miles.

Both flavors of the Model X have an estimated delivery date in April, according to Tesla’s website. As previously mentioned, the Plaid+ trim level will not be offered for the SUV, so those looking for maximum performance will have to get the range-topping Model S and shell out an eye-watering $139,990.

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Source: Tesla


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