2022 Tesla Model S updates leaked

Tesla's flagship car looks set to receive additional updates following a substantial refresh last year.

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William Stopford
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The Tesla Model S already received a substantial upgrade for 2021, but there appear to be more changes coming.

Photos from a private event in Taiwan shared on the Tesla Owners Club forums reveal the electric liftback is getting some aesthetic and functional updates.

The photos were snapped by 卡哥 Caster and, though they’ve since removed them from their Facebook, they’ve been widely shared across the internet.

There’s a new CCS2 charging port with a redesigned door, while the Model S appears to be getting the matrix LED headlights that have been made available on the Model 3 and Model Y ranges.

There have also been some tweaks to the rear, with the bar connecting the tail lights now body colour for a fresher look. The tail light graphics also appear to have been changed.

It’s unclear when these changes will enter production. It’s also unclear to what extent the Model X crossover will follow suit.

All Model S vehicles are currently produced at the company’s plant in Fremont, California, alongside the Model X.

Late last year, Tesla’s Australian website removed the ability to price a Model S or Model X or estimate delivery times. You can still configure one, however it only gives you the option to pay a deposit.

That’s despite prices having been published for the updated 2021 model earlier in the year, with the Tesla Australia website also previously confirming deliveries would begin in 2022.

The 2021 update was one of the most substantial in the Model S’s history since it entered production in 2012.

As with the Model X, it received a new interior design, headlined by a steering yoke with Ferrari-style controls for the indicators, wipers, and headlights.

A Model 3-style landscape-oriented touchscreen now features, while there’s another display for rear-seat passengers.

Also new is the more conventional centre console design with more storage and dual wireless chargers.

Perhaps the most exciting news was the introduction of a new tri-motor Plaid flagship.

The performance model produces 761kW of power, with a claimed range of 637km and a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of just 2.1 seconds.

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William Stopford
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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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