It may still be well over a year away from launch, but Tesla’s latest press photographs are certainly getting the automotive world talking. 

Released over the weekend, the photographs show a Model S which looks good enough to take on mainstream automotive giants on the showroom floor head-on.

With a few panel changes equating to little more than the automotive equivalent of a tummy tuck, the latest Model S Alpha features a redesigned grille and front bumper, making it look much more like the Jaguar XJ than previous versions. 


In fact, we think the latest tweaks make the Model S look much more like the executive saloon Tesla wants it to be, with bolder lines and a more traditional, aggressive stance. 

Unlike the Tesla Roadster which is due to cease production this year, the 2012 Tesla Model S will be sold with three different battery pack options, ranging from $57,400 for a base Model S with 160 mile pack through to $77,400 for a Model S capable of up to 300 miles per charge. 

But before you get too excited, don’t forget that the Model S is still a whole year away from entering production. That means a whole lot could still change between the end of the Model S Alpha test vehicles and the final production version. 

Do you like the facelifts in the latest Model S Alpha, or do you prefer the softer lines of the earlier prototypes? Let us know in the Comments below.