Tesla shows new interior Model S and X with modified steering wheel without levers

Tesla has released images of the interior of the updated Model S and X. This shows that there is a modified design for a steering wheel, which no longer has a round shape or handles. There would also be a pretty powerful computer for games.

Tesla refers to the steering wheel with the term ‘Yoke steering wheel’. Images of the interior can already be seen on their own website during the ordering process of the new Model S and the X. The steering wheel no longer has traditional levers to indicate the direction and operate the windscreen wipers, for example. According to the website Elektrek, the control options for these functions are incorporated in the steering wheel, in the form of force touch buttons. There are buttons for indicating the direction, high beam, horn, Autopilot, the windshield wipers and giving voice commands.

Based on internal Tesla documents, Elektrek states that the updated Model S and X use Autopilot sensors and AI to determine which driving mode the software should activate. For example, the car would detect if the nose is against a garage door, after which the gear is automatically put into reverse after the driver presses the brake pedal. This no longer has to be done manually. The latter is still possible; To this end, Tesla has simply processed the various settings of an automatic gearbox in the central console.

Furthermore, the front 17″ screen is now tilted and thus placed in landscape orientation, instead of the vertical orientation in previous models. The format is unchanged, but the resolution has been increased from 1900×1200 to 2200×1300 pixels. Furthermore, there is a 12 .3″ screen directly behind the steering wheel and an 8″ screen for the occupants in the rear.

Based on the images, Tesla suggests that The Witcher 3 can also be played on the 17-inch screen on the dashboard, although that is not entirely clear yet. early CEO Elon Musk already tweeted whether people were interested in it. According to Tesla, all new models will have a computer that could compete with the new next-gen consoles in computing power. It would be a computing power of up to 10 teraflops. Cyberpunk 2077 should also be playable, according to Musk.

Furthermore, Musk has announced that the Plaid Model S will be delivered next month. This will be the first production car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.1 seconds, Musk said. The most expensive Plaid+ version will cost 139,990 euros and has an engine power of more than 1100hp and an estimated range of more than 840km. The regular Plaid costs 119,990 euros and takes a fraction longer over the sprint to 100 km/h, namely exactly 2.1s. This version has 1020hp and an estimated range of 628km. The Long Range version costs 89,990 euros and has an estimated range of 663 km and still covers the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2s. The estimated ranges are probably not based on the WLTP standard.

The quarterly figures show that Tesla delivered 499,550 cars in all of 2020 and produced 509,737. The lion’s share is formed by the Model 3 and Y, of which the manufacturer supplied 442,511 and produced 454,932. In the fourth quarter, Tesla produced 179,757 cars, up 71 percent from the fourth quarter of 2019. Of this number, 163,660 cars were Model 3s and Model Ys. The share that the Model S and X have in the production numbers continues to decline. In total, Tesla delivered 180,667 cars in the past three months, a 61 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. Revenue for the full year 2020 amounted to $31.5 billion, an increase of 28 percent.