- New Tesla swivel screen is reportedly available.
- The upgrade is apparently installed in the Model S and Model X.
- You can angle the display left or right but not tilt the screen up or down.
Google "Tesla swivel screen" and you'll find a page of photos, videos, ads and links to companies that specialize in aftermarket pivot-style screen upgrades for the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. For about 200 bucks, you can install one and move the screen left, right, up and down to your heart's delight. In addition to making it easier for a driver or a front-seat passenger to view or use the screen, it also potentially cuts down on reflections and glare.
But you know what you won't see? An equivalent item for the Tesla Model S and Model X. That's because for a long time their infotainment screens were embedded into the dashboard and because Tesla recently added a new 17-inch display to both models.
Tesla owners clearly want this feature. If they didn't, there wouldn't be a thriving aftermarket for it.
There is good news to report on this front. Based on a short video clip posted to Twitter by a new Model S owner, it appears that a factory-supplied motorized screen adjustment is now in production for the Model S and Model X, allowing owners to swivel the screen to the left or the right.
Reportedly, the new Tesla swivel screen went into production at the end of April, and it allows you to aim the center infotainment display at the driver, at the front passenger, or as was the case before, at the back seat. Naturally, it didn't take long for the internet to compare the Tesla swivel screen to the rotating screen in the Fisker Ocean.
As seen in the Tesla clip, electric motors adjust the Model S screen's position based on input from the driver. You access the virtual on-screen adjustment buttons, hold until the screen is aimed in the direction you wish, and then release your fingertip from the display. It appears that you cannot tilt the screen up or down, as with the aftermarket pivot-style attachment offered for the Model 3 and Model Y. Instead, you can only angle it left or right. Baby steps.
There is a practical use for a Tesla swivel screen: It makes the display easier to reference and reach for a driver. Adjusting the screen could, depending on the situation, cut down on reflections and glare too.
We think an adjustable center display screen is a smart idea, and it's nice to see Tesla add a genuinely useful gee-whiz-bang feature that customers want for reasons other than trolling for Instagram likes. Anything that can help to cut glare and reflections while making a vehicle's technology easier to see and use earns our favor.