It looks like some (if not all) of those hopes may have been dashed by a single tweet.
Tesla Model S & Model X Refresh Not Coming
On Monday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a tweet on the popular social media platform Twitter with the discouraging news.
There is no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019
He clearly stated that Tesla is planning “a series of minor ongoing changes” for its older Model S and Model X vehicles, but not a major refresh.
This is in stark contrast to what has been previously reported, even up to and including talk of updating Tesla's Fremont factory to allow for such a refresh.
All A Matter of Wording?
Musk has made it abundantly clear time and time again that he does not like using the word 'refresh' in regards to Tesla vehicles. This may be at least partially because the vehicles are continuously updated via over-the-air software upgrades and occasional hardware improvements. Maybe Musk wants to continue to differentiate his company from other legacy automobile manufacturers, and this is just another area where he does not want to be compared to their practices.
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Certain Model S owners would argue that the vehicles had already received a refresh with the redesign of its front fascia several years ago. Also, some owners of the newest Model S and X Raven vehicles claim that their cars feel completely different from the original releases. Musk just refuses to call such exterior design changes a 'refresh'.
Possible Model S and X Changes Still Coming
While an actual Model S 'refresh' may not be in the works, that "series of minor ongoing changes" may still bear fruit. Incremental changes are still changes.
We will likely see the Model S and Model X released with bigger, lighter battery packs with more power and a better range in the near future. Cars with these newer batteries would likely be able to use the Supercharger V3 Network, meaning that they could charge at 250 kW. We might expect to see an EPA range rating of about 400 miles per charge for both vehicles, too.
Newer Model S and Model X may also come out with a new tri-motor design, with two large rear motors and a smaller one in front. This means more power and better performance, though it is more complex than the previous design.
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Written by AJ McGinnis.
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