It was back in January of 2016 that Elon Musk confessed in an on-camera interview that Tesla is “quite most likely” to build a truck in the future. Pressed for an explanation, the CEO merely mentioned, “it’s sort of a rational thing for us to do in the future.”
Certainly producing a pickup provides a variety of engineering challenges not faced with the sedans or crossover. In order to be competitive, the Tesla pickup will have to use respectable towing and carrying capabilities while maintaining a good battery range, have the capability to traverse rough surface, but keep a comparable battery range as the Model X when unloaded. Tesla engineers will unquestionably be tested.
The 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely share parts with the Model X– it just makes good sense. However, we’re not expecting Tesla to pull an old-school GM and merely slap a pickup bed in location of the freight area of its SUV. Rather, Tesla would be wise to provide its pickup a familiar yet distinct appearance, separating it from the Model X, yet still being undoubtedly Tesla. When compared side by side, the pickup and Model X share a similar total shape ahead of the B-pillars, but the pickup has a taller position with more noticable fenders and a more rugged lower fascia. It’s these hints that assist define the vehicle’s “truckness.”.
Behind the B-pillar, the rear doors drop the Falcon Wings in favor of a more standard style. The C-pillar then blends perfectly from the roof down into the freight bed, making the shift in between cab and bed more stylistic. In truth, the Honda Ridgeline’s style influenced our choice for this styling feature. Both trucks would ride on a reinforced unibody chassis, after all.
Chrome trim around the windows and Tesla’s signature door manages will assist lighten up the truck’s side profile. Black trim around the lower part of the truck will assist protect paint from rocks and mud, while perpetuating that rugged look. Wheel options may look familiar, as the fan-style rollers in our making. Tire choices will be more aggressive than those found in other places in the Tesla lineup.
There’s no informing exactly what sort of innovations Tesla has prepared for the freight bed. We ‘d bet the Ridgeline will work as a guide for Tesla’s designers, though. Anticipate to see clever methods of managing smaller sized freight, modular tie-downs, and even a range of power outlets. Tesla will likely use a Tonneau cover as standard equipment, helping enhance the truck’s aerodynamic performance.
We ‘d anticipate nothing less than Tesla’s superior interior, maybe a slightly customized version of the Model X’s cabin. Sporty pail seats, a minimalistic dashboard with a huge touchscreen, and a fully digital gauge cluster for the driver are highly probable. Tesla may pull a surprise with a folding rear bench seat, or possibly bucket seats connected to the rear bulkhead with open storage underneath. Those bucket seats might likewise fold flat against the rear wall for transporting bigger products. Like the Model X, the 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely feature a large windshield that draws back like a declining hairline.
Tesla will surely give its truck consumers choices when choosing an electric powertrain. The Model X provides 4 choices, which include the 60D, 75D, 90D, and the outlandish P90D. For truck responsibility, nevertheless, we ‘d bet the base 60D will be skipped. That leaves 3 possible choices if Tesla follows the Model X as an example. Speaking of towing, the 2020 Tesla Pickup will surely develop off the Model X’s 5,000-pound towing capability. Perhaps with suspension tuning and an integrated trailer brake system, the pickup could pull upwards of 7,000 pounds.
Prices will be intriguing to follow. Will Tesla press the pickup upmarket, making it a high-end item comparable to the Model X, or will it minimize the cost more in line with the present crop of mid-size pickups? Only time will inform, but we ‘d be on a slight decrease in cost over the Model X. The pickup will not be Model 3 loan, but Tesla cannot price itself out of a consumer base.
That recommends the Tesla pickup will carry a beginning rate around $50,000. That’s $18,000 cheaper than the Model X yet well above the approximated $35,000 beginning cost for the Model 3. Obviously, the rate will increase accordingly with the more powerful battery options.