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Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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All-Wheel Drive Tesla Model S Coming In 2014?

tesla-model-s-awdThe Tesla Model S has been universally lauded by critics and magazines, but Elon Musk isn’t resting on his laurels. From a new performance handling package to the promise of a valet mode, Tesla has added new features to the Model S to make it more appealing to more buyers. Rumor has it that next year, all-wheel drive Model S may debut.

An all-wheel drive Tesla Model S certainly makes sense, as rear-wheel drive is far from ideal in slippery or snowy conditions. Tesla has already said that the Model X SUV will be available from the get-go with all-wheel drive, and considering that the Model S and Model X will share many components (and even the same chassis).

That brings up the question, is Tesla really planning to launch two all-wheel drive models in the same year? Sure, the Model X is aimed more at families than business executive types, and an all-wheel drive option would certainly help drive sales in colder climates. But launching an all-wheel drive Model S could cannibalize sales from the newly-launched Model X if this rumor proves true. Could this have anything to do with the proposed Tesla crossover?

On the other hand, launching two all-wheel drive options side-by-side will show the a widening arc of potential customers. Living in New England, I know plenty of people who just HAVE to have either a 4×4 or all-wheel drive vehicle. It’s not the snow that makes driving a pain in the Northeast; it’s the snow, the hills, and other people who can’t drive that make all-wheel drive a must for many buyers. While we’ve already seen that the Model S can handle the snow fairly well, the addition of a new cold weather package will be a boon for buyers as well.

All-wheel drive will improve handling on the Model S, but it could also improve acceleration and overall performance as well. That said, a coupe version of the Model S would be a welcome addition, along with a shooting brake/station wagon. With the Model S sedan capturing an estimated 8% of the luxury car market, once more variants and models roll out of the Fremont factory, the whole car market seems wide open to a Tesla takeover.

Source: The Verge


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • egogg

    Telsa should make their less expensive variant AWD. 150 miles of range would suffice. A $40K pricepoint would make it in the BMW 3 bracket of competition. People in Colorado would go nuts for it.

    • danwat1234

      Yeah might compete also with the AWD plug-in Prius at that price range, if/when Toyota makes it. Tesla can be a bit more spendy since faster and more battery.

  • Bibbler

    The Tesla Model S4

  • J_JamesM

    AWD seems like a high-performance enhancer as well. When you have all of that monstrous power, the limit of your performance starts to become dependent on the amount of traction you have. The Model S Performance can already hit 60 in under 4 seconds, so imagine if it had two motors instead of just one…!

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