Tesla steps back on the yoke, brings back the good old round steering wheel
Tesla has returned to its much-hyped yoke steering system, which was introduced to the Model S and Model X lines in 2021 as part of a major update. While some customers love the idea, some have serious difficulty controlling the car using a yoke. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is adamant about the new steering system. Now, it looks like the automaker has backtracked on its plans and brought the traditional round steering wheel back as an option for the Model S and Model X. With the move, buyers of two Tesla cars This will have the option to choose between a yoke and a circular steering wheel.
Electrek reported that Tesla updated its online configurator earlier this week and included the option of a round steering wheel at no extra charge for the Model X and Model S. This allows customers who want one. The yoke continues with that, while buyers who love the old-school round steering wheel can opt for that. However, Tesla owners who are under the yoke will have to pay extra for a round steering wheel. Retrofitting Tesla cars and replacing the yoke with a round steering wheel will cost current owners around $700. The retrofit option is stated to be available after March 2023.
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Meanwhile, Tesla has been updating its cars. Besides bringing back the round steering wheel, Tesla has included some subtle updates to the Model S and Model X. Both electric models now have a TESLA watermark on the trunk lid compared to the regular Tesla logo. Additionally, the automaker has reintroduced red brake calipers, while the Model Plaid now comes with better brakes that ensure greater thermal efficiency. However, no changes have been made to the Model 3 and Model Y.
First published date: January 8, 2023, 09:31 AM IST