Tesla’s top-selling Model S electric sedan is getting a facelift, as revealed by images the company posted Tuesday.
The most noticeable change: Gone is the gaping mouth-like grill on the front end. It’s being replaced by a much smaller design element in the shape of Tesla’s “T” logo.
The new look is reminiscent of Tesla’s Model X SUV and recently unveiled Model 3, a more affordable car meant to compete with entry-level sports sedans like BMW’s 3 Series. It’s also a controversial design. Unsettling upon first glance, it becomes more comfortable once you remember that electric vehicles have little need for the cooling airflow that a big, open grill provides to internal combustion engines.
See above for the new design, below for the old.