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Tesla Model S, Model X get tilting screen

The Tesla Model X and Model S will feature a tilting screen when they arrive Down Under. Exactly when that is, hasn't been confirmed.

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Tesla has added a motorised tilting screen to the Model S sedan and Model X SUV.

Reported by various overseas publications after cars starting arriving with customers featuring the new tech, the tilting 17-inch display has been added to Tesla regional websites.

A video published on the website shows the motorised display cycling through left, centre, and right positions using a sub-menu on the infotainment touchscreen.

The 17-inch touchscreen was added to the Model S and X as part of a mid-life update in 2021, and replaces the vertically-oriented display fixed in the dashboard of the pre-update model.

When you’ll be able to experience a Model S or Model X with the new display in Australia isn’t clear.

The Tesla website doesn’t feature an expected delivery date for the Model S or Model X.

Orders are still open for the large sedan and SUV, but their list prices have been removed from the website.

Instead of a price, prospective buyers get a message that says: “Pricing and options will be finalised as delivery approaches.”

“You will be notified to complete your order when final pricing and options are published. Until then, your order will be considered a pre-order that you may cancel with a full refund,” the Tesla Australia website says. It costs $350 to place a pre-order.

In August 2021, the Tesla Australia website said the Model S and Model X were meant to arrive Down Under in 2022. Recent reports suggest they’re now unlikely to arrive until 2023.

The Model S Long Range had a list price of $141,990 before on-roads, and the Model S Plaid was priced at $186,990 before on-roads when they hit the configurator in August 2021.

The Model X prices ranged from $161,990 before on-roads for the Long Range to $174,990 before on-roads for the Performance.

Tesla’s prices have fluctuated significantly in Australia recently. The Model 3 has been hit with multiple price rises lately, and wait times have ballooned out to 12 months.

It’s possible Tesla is unwilling to commit to a firm sticker for the Model S and Model X because it doesn’t want to continuously change the price as exchange rates, and parts and shipping costs, fluctuate in the lead-up to the car’s arrival Down Under.

Although it’s unusual for carmakers to remove pricing from a current production model, it’s not unheard of for people to pre-order a car before knowing how much it’s worth in Australia.

In some cases, people will pay a deposit for incoming vehicles that are expected to be in short supply, in others brands will accept pre-orders for electric vehicles that have been revealed years ahead of their expected production start.

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Scott Collie
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Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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