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2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Preview: Expected Release Date, Price, Performance, and Interior

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May 03, 2021 at 04:09 PM

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid as a carryover model with cosmetic updates is envisioned to be a fine-drawn and suave electric sedan. It has an expected MSRP set at around $121,190 for its only variant and is available only as an AWD variant. By providing an extensive list of standard features, the Model S Plaid is envisaged to be a coveted offering that will combine luxury and performance. While a final confirmation regarding the release date is yet to be made, the 2022 Model S Plaid is expected to be launched by the mid of 2021.

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid, being a part of the flagship lineup from the brand, is expected to be launched by mid-2021 and will bear an expected MSRP of $121,190. Ever since it was launched, the 2022 MY will be the first time that the Model S Plaid will be in receipt of redesigned elements. With the 2022 Model S Plaid, Tesla aims at cohesively unifying limitless power with aplomb mileage, and consequently, it is expected to be the perfect electric sedan.

The 2022 Model S Plaid is expected to be launched as a single trim offering, which could make use of a three-motor setup in place of the dual-motor unit available with its Long-Range counterpart. The Plaid variant of the Tesla Model S will sport a new fascia and host ultra-modern tech like a gaming screen for the rear-seat passengers. Its oneness is expected to lie in its performance through a 1000+ hp motor setup. In essence, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid will be a carryover model from the outgoing variant, while providing it with a mid-life designing update.

Price (Expected)

$121,190

Release Date

Mid 2021

Engine

Electric Motor

Transmission

Single-speed automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

Changes

Exterior and interior updates

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to be filled to the brim with hi-tech features in a rather minimalistic cabin layout. The Model S Plaid is expected to be placed against its only direct competitor, the Lucid Air Dream Edition, the only other electric sedan that is expected to match the Plaid’s capabilities.

What are the Prices, Features, and trims of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid?

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to be a single trim offering and is anticipated to be priced at $121,190. The 2022 Plaid will be an AWD variant. An even more powerful version of the Plaid, the Tesla Model S Plaid+, will be launched alongside, for buyers longing for additional power and zest.

Trim

Tesla Model S Plaid

MSRP (Expected)

$121,190

Key Features

17-inch Cinematic Display

 

Bluetooth and Wireless Connectivity

 

Premium Sound System

 

Automatic Emergency Braking

 

Tri-Motor Battery Pack

 

Performance focused wheels

In addition to the standard features, Tesla is expected to provide a long list of optional inclusions that could make the ride all the more convenient and trouble-free. With its latest design update, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to be polished and contemporary in its design and sport a clutter-free cabin layout, which will allow it to resonate with a suave and urbane aura.

What is the engine in the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid and how does it perform?

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid will make use of a similar tri-motor engine setup to the outgoing model. The engine that will be rated at 1020hp of power is expected to perform formidably. The bushy-eyed and bright-tailed performance that the sedan is expected to deliver will be possible by a finely engineered 1-direct speed automatic transmission that will work synchronously with the engine. The Plaid is suspected to make use of a dual-motor setup for its rear wheels and a single-motor unit for the front wheels.

Like its engine, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid will be available with a standard drivetrain option. The availability of an AWD setup only will allow the Model S Plaid to command a rather planted ride. The 1020 horses that the Tesla Model S Plaid has under its hood, is expected to propel the electric sedan from 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile sprint in an expected 9.3 seconds with a top speed that is anticipated to be in excess of 200 MPH.

Model

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition

MSRP

$121,190

$169,000

Engine

Three Induction Electric Motors

Dual Electric Motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

Transmission

1-direct speed

1-Speed Fixed Gear Transmission

Power

1020hp

1080hp

Torque

N/A

N/A

0-60 MPH (seconds)

1.99 seconds

2.5 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

9.3 seconds

9.9 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

200 MPH

215 MPH

The 2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition is the only possible direct competitor to the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid. By being almost half a second quicker, the Model S Plaid dethrones the Lucid Air Dream Edition from its position of being the quickest and fastest vehicle. When it comes to top speed, Lucid Air Dream keeps an upper hand by offering a mind bending top speed of 215 mph.

What MPG figures does the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid offer?

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to make use of a battery pack that will likely have energy capacity in excess of 100KwH. While its mileage is yet not known, the Model S Plaid will likely be able to cover a range of 412 miles. With its supercharge facility, the 2022 Plaid S is anticipated to cover 200 miles in 15 minutes of charging.

Model

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition

MPGE (city)

N/A

N/A

MPGE (Highway)

N/A

N/A

MPGE (Combined)

N/A

N/A

Range (miles)

390

517

Unlike its performance, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to fall short of the Lucid Air Dream Edition when the range is concerned, with the latter being capable of averaging a mileage of 517 miles. The regular mileage for city, highway, and combined conditions in not available from both the brands to make a comprehensive comparison

What are the changes in the interior of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid?

A considerable chunk of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid’s updates with the current iteration is expected to pertain to its interior. It is anticipated that the Plaid will feature newer design elements in a familiar cabin aura, providing a new and refreshing take on understated yet luxuriant interior designing.

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to sport a new and improved steering wheel setup and a new 17-inch cinematic display screen that will fall in line with the brand’s infotainment system setup. The biggest update, however, are the redesigned rear seats that provide a higher level of comfort and can seat three passengers with ease. The leatherette upholstery is expected to be a carryover from the outgoing model, and we have no complaints, for it is premium in both feel and looks.

The infotainment system of the 2022 Model S Plaid is expected to make use of similar software as last year. As a result, it will continue to be hi-tech and sport a navigation system, smart device connection, and is expected to include other connectivity options like Bluetooth.

Model

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition

Seating Capacity

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/57.7/42.7

N/A

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.3/55/35.4

N/A

Cargo capacity (with all rows upright)

28.4

10

While a final confirmation regarding the interior space of the Lucid Air Dream Edition is yet to be made, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to have higher space both for front and rear-seat passengers. In terms of cargo capacity, the Model S Plaid is expected to be the winner in the segment with an anticipated trunk volume of 28.4 cubic feet as compared to the Lucid’s 10 cubic feet of space. Some of the notable interior features of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid include:

  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • 22-Speaker Premium Sound System
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • Tri-zone Temperature Control
  • HEPA air filtration
  • Wireless Charging

What are the changes to the exterior of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid?

Perhaps, the biggest and most notable change to the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid will be its revised head and taillights and a new bumper design. All opinions aside, the Model S Plaid has always been a head-turner and with the list of expected changes, it is envisioned to make designing of electric sedans to a whole new level.

The 2022 Model S Plaid is expected to be equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, that not only will be able to provide the sedan with a proportionate and aggressive stance but will also add visual appeal to the car. The smallish grille with the Tesla logo upfront adds innocence to the design and there is very little to complain about. With its fierce lights and revised bumper designing, the Model S Plaid is expected to compete with the Lucid Air Dream Edition in being modernistic, lustrous, and prosperous-looking.

Model

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

5070

Length (in.)

196

195.6

Width (in.)

86.2

76.7

Height (in.)

56.5

55.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.9

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

116.5

116.5

In comparison with its only competitor, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid and 2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition are expected to be eerily similar with diminutive differences in proportions. The only exception is that the Tesla Model S Plaid is almost 10 inches wider than the Air Dream Edition and allows for higher space on the inside. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid are:

  • HID Headlights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • 21-inch Arachnid Wheels (Optional)

What are the safety features and safety ratings of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid?

Since the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is yet to be launched, and consequently, it has not been rated by the testing agencies. However, being a Tesla and at its price point, the Model S Plaid is expected to be on top of its game when safety is concerned. Like every other model year, the Model S Plaid is expected to host an array of hi-tech and advanced safety features that gives it a competitive edge over its competitors. Some of the salient safety specifications include:

  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Automatic Parking
  • Automatic Braking Assist
  • 360-degree camera
  • Ultrasonic Sensors
  • Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning System

What is the release date of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid?

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to be launched by the fall of 2021. While a final confirmation regarding price is yet to be made, the Model S Plaid is expected to bear a window price of $121,190, allowing it to undercut its competitor by a considerable margin. It will be available as a single trim offering only

Is the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid worth buying?

Bearing a cosmetic revision from the outgoing model, the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to bask on its predecessor’s success and will follow a similar upward trajectory. By introducing a mid-life update with the Model S Plaid, Tesla has aimed to make the sedan a more sophisticated and coveted offering that can match the designing prowess of its only competitor, the 2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition. But it’s not only about looks, the 2022 Model S Plaid with its suspected 100KwH battery pack and engine setup is expected to deliver a high level of performance. By following the path of its predecessor, the electric sedan from the house of Tesla is expected to capture the market by storm, thanks to its all-around capabilities and lower price tag.

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