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Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


2014 Tesla Model S Gets A Few Updates

August 14th, 2014 by  


Originally posted on GAS2

It’s been two years now since the first buyers got their hands on a Tesla Model S, and despite some long-term reliability concerns, the Model S has been universally praised for building not just a great EV, but a great car as well. As is typical in the auto industry though, Tesla isn’t resting on its laurels, and the electric automaker has made some changes for the 2014 Model S.

In response to the “meh” response to the standard headliner, Tesla will begin offering a $1,500 Alcantara headliner upgrade that will match the rest of the interior, reports Teslarati. Telsa also updated its color palette to begin offering a darker grey metallic, and a cabin ionizer will be an option for future Model S owners.

Designed to clean the cabin air of an automobile, this feature could be a response to Chinese sales of the Model S. As we all know, China has some epic levels of air pollution, and while initial sales have been strong, Chinese consumers have some very particular needs and wants from their luxury sedans, including clean air and lots of legroom.

So yeah, just a few minor updates for the Model S right now, and it’s little wonder why. The Tesla Model X is the primary focus right now, with the Tesla Model III taking priority after that. But the Model S will surely get more and more upgrades and improvements as technology improves. Eventually, new long-range battery pack upgrades could keep Model S owners driving for longer than even the most optimistic early adopter expected.

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  • Jon Van Natta

    The Chinese are a very diverse people. They are tall, short, stocky, skinny and mixed with many different blood lines. To think of them all as short little people is just wrong. I’m six foot, 200 lbs and I have a Chinese friend who is 5’11” and a good 200+ and very stocky. He lives in Northern China where there are many people of the same stature.

    • Rolands

      Yeah, I guess there are tall people in China also. but not on average.
      On average it is different story, so I refer to average height of the nation!China: Males – 169.4 cm (5′ 6.7″), Females – 158.6 cm (5′ 2.5″)
      My height is 198.8 cm (6’6) and i can fit easily in back seat of Tesla. If rich Chinese want a limo that’s what they want, it is not that they can’t fit inside Tesla S. With very little exclusions of course.

  • Rolands Jjj

    Chinese wants a legroom, I am 6’6. Dont think Chinese ever experiance what I do and they want more leg room, but aren’t then short in general? 😀

    • Bob_Wallace

      It’s legroom in the rear seat for the executive who is being chauffeured around town.

      • TheSA-X

        I’ve ridden in the back of one and it seemed to have plenty of room, but I’m not particularly tall so I wouldn’t be a good judge.

        • Bob_Wallace

          It’s more about getting that limo feel.

      • Rolands

        Chinese are short little people even executives.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Yao Ming.

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