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Why the no face? Revamped 2016 Tesla Model S revealed

Published: 12 April 2016

► Facelifted 2016 Tesla Model S revealed
► New front-end styling and equipment
► On sale now, deliveries in late June

It’s been four years since Tesla’s unquestionably impressive Model S saloon hummed quietly onto the scene and, in that time, the company’s range has grown and its technologies evolved.

Despite the fact that the Model S is leaps and bounds ahead of any rival offerings, Tesla’s still seen fit to give its all-electric luxury saloon a revamp, bringing it into line with its more recent offerings.

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The changes to the all-electric saloon are relatively minor, consisting primarily of a restyled nose that apes the look of the recently revealed Model X – and to a lesser extent the upcoming Model 3. After all, it doesn’t really need that big an aperture out front, as its need for fresh air is considerably less than that of a conventional petrol or diesel-powered car.

Admittedly the resulting look does make it appear like the Model S is going through a bit of a ‘What good is a phone call if you are unable to speak?’ moment...

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Other upgrades include full LED adaptive lights and a new air filtration system, which is part of the ‘Premium Upgrades’ package. This ‘Medical grade HEPA air filtration system’ is reputed to remove the vast majority of particulates, bacteria and other nastiness from the cabin air.

The Model S remains as is, otherwise, and continues to be offered in a range of variants including single- and dual-motor models.

You can already specify and order a facelifted Tesla Model S using the UK configurator, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in late June.

Read CAR magazine’s Tesla Model S reviews here

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By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car