The Tesla Model S and Model X are long overdue for a substantial update, with the former receiving a minor facelift in 2016, and the latter remaining largely unchanged visually since its debut in 2015. There have been many rumors about a possible upcoming refresh for these vehicles as of recent, and these photos seem to fan the flame.
The photos, posted by Twitter user Sawyer Merritt, come from a drone flyover from YouTuber Gabeincal of Tesla’s Fremont factory. They show 3 covered vehicles on trailers in a line, and in some closeup shots, they seems to resemble the silhouettes of the S and X with slightly sharper edges.
There appear to be 3 covered Teslas at the Fremont factory. It's hard to make out whether these are just existing style Teslas or something having to do with the rumored upcoming MODEL S/X refresh. Thought I'd share anyways. Full video below pic.twitter.com/T0zjK0tOvF
— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) January 22, 2021
As noted by some people on Twitter, it seemed unusual that Tesla would have them sitting out completely covered when they have hundreds of other finished, uncovered cars all over the premises. That being said, there are a few other covered vehicles in the footage, but those appear to be Model 3s and/or Model Ys based on their shape. The three bodies-in-white shown in the video, however, featured a longer hood and sculpted rear, which are features more characteristic of the Model S and X than other vehicles in Tesla’s lineup.
Tesla had shut down the Model S and Model X lines at the Fremont Factory last December, despite the company’s efforts to hit its 500,000 vehicle production target. The electric car maker did not specify the reasoning behind that decision, but there were speculations that updates to the vehicles would be announced when they resumed production on January 11th. That date has since passed, and yet no updates were released, continuing to leave us in the dark.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but could these three covered vehicles be refreshed models? It seems only time will tell.
Opening photo credit Twitter @ Sawyer Merritt