Appeared in 2012, the Tesla Model S accuses the weight of years. While the next generation has yet to be discussed by Elon Musk, we indulged in the appeal of the graphics palette, to imagine the lines of the highly anticipated Tesla Model S 2.0.
After a tentative start with the first generation Tesla Roadster, the Palo Alto firm launched the Model S in 2012. The appearance of the California sedan created a real tidal wave in the electric car segment, which was then stingy in proposals. Large, sleek and packed with new technology and equipment, the Tesla Model S set a milestone in the segment.
A benchmark since 2012
At its release date, the Model S offered three different versions with a range that could climb to 480 km. Better yet, it promised to wipe out the fear of running out of fuel with a dedicated Supercharger network. Opposite, the electric competition was stunned on the technological level: the Renault ZOE and the Franco-Japanese trio (iMiev, iOn and C-Zero) were not fighting in the same court, the Fluence ZE was falsely laughing with its 185 km range and the Nissan Leaf, then the most convincing of the proposals, did not hold the comparison. Only the Fisker Karma could stand up to the Model S, but the presence of fossil fuels within it and commercial woes kept it from achieving its goals.
While the Tesla Model S evolved over the years, with regular software updates or even deeper redesigns (with the appearance of new batteries in 2015 and a restyling in 2016), the sedan is still the benchmark to be cut. , no offense to detractors. But the competition is starting to arm itself and, while it hasn’t aged a bit, the Model S is seeing its technological lead shrink.
Good things come to those who wait for
The time for renewal has therefore come for the Tesla Model S, whose technical base will not be able to compete for long with the competition. Within the brand, it has already been cannibalized by the Tesla Model 3. However, Elon Musk has not yet spoken about the brand’s next flagship and no information has been communicated on a potential release date. This is undoubtedly one of the consequences of the billionaire’s haste, which has overloaded the manufacturer’s agenda for the coming years: with the production of the Model Y around the globe and the expected arrival of the Semi, the Cybertruck and Roadster, the Model S 2.0 would not see the light of day until 2023 or later.
But it’s not so much the brand’s agenda that would delay the arrival of the second generation Model S, as it’s the alignment of technological planets at Deer Creek Road. Because it is from this date that the first real applications of the new batteries will emerge. These same revolutionary batteries, announced on the occasion of Battery Day, could power the next Tesla Model S. A highly necessary technical choice for the renewal of the sedan, which would allow it to shine as in 2012.
Style inspired by the Tesla Roadster
To really stand out, the Tesla Model S 2.0 will have to bet on its style, which we imagine today with much anticipation. Unsurprisingly, the electric sedan would follow the trend initiated by the Tesla styling department by adopting sharper lines, including elements of the stylistic language of the new Tesla Roadster. It would be notably noticeable in the front grille devoid of the grille, with a piercing gaze and a sloping hood.
The curvature of the fenders would also give way to protruding ridges simulating between the body folds channels intended to promote air flow. To limit drag and aerodynamic noise, traditional mirrors could disappear in favor of a camera system. Their position would be reminiscent of the units of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, but could also vaguely evoke the fins of the James Bond Lotus Esprit, dear to Elon Musk.
With function dictating shape, the stern of the next Tesla Model S would be more plump than the pointed bow suggests. A choice that would improve the livability of the large sedan, which would further increase the volume of the trunk and would again accommodate the two rear seats rearward facing. The heritage of the Tesla Roadster would still be present with 3D LED strip optics.
A swiveling screen and a fixed-hub steering wheel
The interior would adopt a much more sensitive evolution than its exterior plastic. Because if the body of the current Tesla Model S does not have to be ashamed, the interior of the sedan is the main witness of the past years, with a traditional style and a perceived dated quality, despite the brand’s efforts in matter. Unlike its rivals (Porsche Taycan, Lucid Air or Audi e-Tron GT), the Model S 2.0 would opt for a more refined interior. The whole could take the interior atmosphere of the Tesla Model 3, with a dashboard cleared and only embellished with a central touch screen.
But while competitors are embarking on the arms race with increasingly large digital facilities (remember that the Lucid Air takes a 34-inch 5K screen), Tesla would clamp to a 20-inch panel to be able to accommodate … An adjustable system like the BYD Tang. Could Tesla be inspired by Chinese manufacturers, themselves inspired by Tesla on numerous occasions? Either way, it would be a first for the Californian brand, which would meet all needs, including a landscape position to enjoy video applications or Internet browsing.
Despite the presence of an advanced autonomous driving system, the steering wheel will not disappear from the cabin. All the shapes are anticipated, but we can bet that it would keep a traditional round shape with an LED strip on the hoop: illuminated in different colors, it could warn the driver while driving, with a red light in case of incidents or a green light to indicate that the way is clear or that autonomous driving is operational. A fixed hub could also make its appearance by integrating a second 6-inch screen to project the instrumentation or settings of the vehicle. A stylistic choice that evokes that of the Maserati Boomerang, a masterpiece of automotive design whose wedge style partly dictated the lines of the Cybertruck.
A battery of 120 kWh minimum for a range of 900 km
As mentioned above, the Tesla Model S 2.0 will inaugurate the brand’s latest technologies, especially in the mechanical chapter. It would thus benefit from the new 4680 Roadrunner battery cells, which are more efficient and whose integration into the overall structure of the car would save weight. The capacity is not yet anticipated, but the Model S should undoubtedly put superlatives at the center of its specifications. It should therefore be able to claim a capacity greater than or equal to 120 kWh. Which, based on a theoretical rule of three, would correspond to that of the Tesla Model S Plaid and would result in a range approaching 900 km! Fast charging will still be entrusted to the brand’s Superchargers, but the sedan could digest a power of 350 kW sent by the Superchargers V4.
The Model S 2.0 would also take from its sporty sister the three engines. A mechanical architecture that would then be the norm in the high spheres of electric cars, such as the Audi e-Tron GT or the Lucid Air. The final technical sheet is still a long way off, but the sedan should bring its plumage closer to its ramage: the 1000 hp mark would be easily crossed by Tesla’s next sedan.
Unlike seer-psychics, we don’t pretend to hold the truth by pulling out our crystal ball in the form of a graphic palette. If we have relied on official statements to lift the veil on the technical side, the shape of the Tesla Model S 2.0 is not set in stone. All speculations are therefore in nature, including ours now. And you, how do you imagine the next Tesla Model S?