Plaid Tesla Model S with new wheels seen on roads near Fremont

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Image via Nick Mercadante /Facebook

With deliveries of the new refresh Tesla Model S expected to begin later this month, we are beginning to see more sighting of the electric sedan on public roads.

The latest comes from a highway near Fremont, where Nick Mercadante spotted a white Model S with a new set of black wheels not found on Tesla’s website.

In a post to Facebook, Mercadante said it was the Plaid+ version of the flagship sedan. With no badging on the trunk lid, it is difficult to confirm which variant this is. Since the Plaid+ isn’t going to be available until much later this year, this is likely the Plaid variant.

We can see from the photos this car also has a traditional round steering wheel, and not the yoke wheel found on the Design Studio. Mercadante also added the Model S body was much wider in person.

“Spotted this Plaid+ a few miles north of the Tesla Fremont plant. It is SO much wider in person than the photos show, and looks absolutely killer.”
Refresh Model S
Image via Nick Mercadante /Facebook
Refresh Model S
Image via Nick Mercadante /Facebook
Refresh Model S
Image via Nick Mercadante /Facebook
Refresh Model S
Image via Nick Mercadante /Facebook

The Tesla employee driving the car apparently didn’t appreciate having his photo taken. Mercadante said he “smiled, wagged his finger, and shook his head “no”.

This sighting follows the first glimpses of the interior we saw yesterday where a prototype version of the car was seen in Toledo, Ohio. It also had the round steering wheel, along with some home-made modifications.

There was also a sighting of a Midnight Silver Metallic refresh Model S in the Bay Area that we shared on Twitter yesterday.

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