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Speculate: what will be included in the next major revamp of the Model S?

CurrentRide

Member
Jun 21, 2015
130
42
Charlotte, NC
I am not interested in the small iterative changes that occur continuously, but in major lineup changes like "the D," battery changes, and AP. When do you think this will happen?

Some ideas, maybe summer 2016:
+New nose, similar to the MX.
+Increase base battery to 75 kWh, for the same price as the current 70.
+Get rid of the 85 kWh option and lower the price of the 90kWh by $3k, simultaneously offering a new 95 or 100kWh option.
+Get rid of insane performance, making ludicrous the standard performance model for the current price of insane.
+AP 2.0 hardware with 360° cameras.

Anything else?
 

GSP

Member
Dec 28, 2007
2,565
796
Continuous improvement in Quality, Reilibility, and Durability (such as 1,000,000 mile drive unit)
Tow package with hitch receiver
Eliminate side view mirrors
Steering wheel paddles for lift pedal regen torque: zero, low, med, high, very high (requires AWD for higher settings)
Software for "charge based on departure time" (not major, but I really wish Tesla would add this)
21" wheels with low rolling resistance long life tires

GSP
 

vitaliy

Member
Jun 17, 2015
295
74
Tysons, VA
  • Updated interior:
    • Ventilated seats
    • Adjustable seatbelt height
    • USB port for back seats
    • Center console will be standard
    • New options of textiles and trims
  • Updated exterior:
    • New nose cone design
    • LED headlamps
    • New exterior colors
  • New Autopilot hardware (2.0) with some features available immediately and some with software updates
  • 90D will be standard
  • New processor
  • 20" wheel option
  • Wiring for future retrofit of side mirror to cameras

Despite all of that, I won't postpone my January delivery.
 

CurrentRide

Member
Jun 21, 2015
130
42
Charlotte, NC
  • Updated interior:
    • Ventilated seats
    • Adjustable seatbelt height
    • USB port for back seats
    • Center console will be standard
    • New options of textiles and trims
  • Updated exterior:
    • LED headlamps

These changes definitely seem likely, but may be snuck into the design studio quietly without a major announcement or press conference. These could literally happen any day.
 

rcarpen22

Member
Aug 1, 2014
332
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MD
Steering wheel paddles for lift pedal regen torque: zero, low, med, high, very high (requires AWD for higher settings)
Software for "charge based on departure time" (not major, but I really wish Tesla would add this)
GSP

These are 2 great ideas. +1 on these! And make autopilot convenience features standard.
 

RAW84

Member
Oct 6, 2014
614
314
Boston
I think they'll change the side view mirror to include a useful blind spot detection, such as:
PG-K900-eL-15.jpg
 

tomp

Member
Dec 3, 2013
425
33
Durham, NC
- AP 2.0 hardware, more cameras and sensors
- replace side mirrors with cameras
- ventilated/improved seats
- improved interior lighting
- hopefully somethign to fix the lack of ventilation to 3rd row seats
- improved software
- Increased battery sizes (this is basically a given, I think)
 

David99

Active Member
Jan 31, 2014
4,850
7,023
Brea, Orange County
Lots of good ideas here! I believe the new front design from the X will make it into the S for sure.
As many other said, the 90 and 70 will be the standard. Larger packs will probable have to wait until the giga factory is ramping up production.

The side mirrors are just annoying. Cameras could do so much better, but unfortunately the laws in most countries would have to be changed that specifically mention mirrors to be mandatory. 15 years ago I worked for BMW and we had cameras instead of mirrors in the design stage.
 

mkspeedr

Member
Jun 14, 2015
760
810
Santa Clara, CA
I really would like the new nose update.
- New LED headlights
- 100 kWh would be great
- New set of forged 20" P wheels

Actually I will place my order the day the new nose is released.
 

Vitold

Active Member
Aug 10, 2015
1,688
1,785
NM
IMO, there are only few changes that may make into 2016 Model S production:

self presenting doors
AP updates (only if production X gets any upgrades)
new nose cone

In 2016 Tesla will be focused on X production, Model 3 design, finishing Gigafactory and streamlining repair and service. Tesla will only introduce changes to consolidate parts (such as AP) or eliminate bugs such as door handles...or if demand softens.
 

mkspeedr

Member
Jun 14, 2015
760
810
Santa Clara, CA
Lighted vanity mirrors and rear seat cup holders.

Totally forgot two important issues. The vanity light and the seating profile. The biggest issue I have is reaching into the car over the steering wheel to change the seating profile so I can fit in the car after my wife drives (1 foot shorter than me).
 

eclipxe

Member
Aug 31, 2015
682
379
CA
Totally forgot two important issues. The vanity light and the seating profile. The biggest issue I have is reaching into the car over the steering wheel to change the seating profile so I can fit in the car after my wife drives (1 foot shorter than me).

Create an "Exit" profile that adjusts back and get both in the habit of using it when you exit.
 

mkspeedr

Member
Jun 14, 2015
760
810
Santa Clara, CA
The exit profile is a great solution and she can actually just use my profile for her exit profile. Sometimes she forgets or does not expect me to drive "her" car. Not a big deal - just nice to have.
 

gizmoboy

Member
Jul 2, 2015
700
38
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
There's no reason to believe they will do that other than wishful thinking.

They already have a blind spot indicator in the car and no pressing need to change it... and moving it away from the "integrated with AP IC" is step away from the direction they've been heading.

- - - Updated - - -

Exit profile: Yes!

Make it automatic, and make both front/back and up/down motors run at the same time.
 

scott jones

Member
Mar 27, 2014
212
40
Indiana, USA
Simple windshield wipers with intermittent settings not this automated crap that doesn't work. Acceptance of third-party apps like Waze, interior refinements such as better lighting and better materials consistency in fixing squeaks and incredibly annoying wind noise. And a battery that actually will allow the car to go 300 miles on a charge without it having to be downhill and performance numbers and horsepower that meet their claims
 

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