It was back in January of 2016 that Elon Musk admitted in an on-camera interview that Tesla is “rather likely” to build a truck in the future. Pressed for an explanation, the CEO just remarked, “it’s sort of a rational thing for us to do in the future.”
Clearly producing a pickup presents a variety of engineering challenges not faced with the sedans or crossover. In order to be competitive, the Tesla pickup will need to use decent towing and carrying capabilities while preserving a decent battery range, have the ability to pass through rough terrain, but keep a comparable battery range as the Model X when unloaded. Tesla engineers will certainly be tested.
2020 Tesla Pickup Exterior
The 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely share parts with the Model X– it just makes good sense. However, we’re not anticipating Tesla to pull an old-school GM and merely slap a pickup bed in location of the cargo area of its SUV. Rather, Tesla would be smart to provide its pickup a familiar yet distinctive look, separating it from the Model X, yet still being unquestionably 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 stance with more noticable fenders and a more rugged lower fascia. It’s these cues that assist define the vehicle’s “truckness.”.
Behind the B-pillar, the rear doors drop the Falcon Wings in favor of a more traditional style. The C-pillar then blends well from the roof down into the freight bed, making the transition between cab and bed more stylistic. In fact, the Honda Ridgeline’s style affected our decision for this styling feature. Both trucks would ride on a strengthened unibody chassis, after all.
Chrome trim around the windows and Tesla’s signature door manages will help 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 appearance. Wheel choices might look familiar, as the fan-style rollers in our making. Tire choices will be more aggressive than those discovered elsewhere in the Tesla lineup.
There’s no informing what sort of innovations Tesla has actually prepared for the cargo bed. We ‘d wager the Ridgeline will serve as a guide for Tesla’s designers, though. Anticipate to see smart ways of handling smaller cargo, modular tie-downs, as well as a range of power outlets. Tesla will likely use a Tonneau cover as basic devices, helping enhance the truck’s aerodynamic performance.
2020 Tesla Pickup Interior
We ‘d anticipate absolutely nothing less than Tesla’s superior interior, perhaps a somewhat modified version of the Model X’s cabin. Stylish pail seats, a minimalistic dashboard with an enormous touchscreen, and a completely digital gauge cluster for the motorist are extremely possible. Tesla may pull a surprise with a folding rear bench seat, or perhaps bucket seats attached to the rear bulkhead with open storage below. Those bucket seats might also fold up flat versus the rear wall for carrying bigger items. Like the Model X, the 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely feature a large windscreen that pulls back like a declining hairline.
2020 Tesla Pickup Engine
Tesla will certainly give its truck consumers options when choosing an electrical powertrain. The Model X uses four choices, that include the 60D, 75D, 90D, and the extravagant P90D. For truck duty, nevertheless, we ‘d bet the base 60D will be avoided. That leaves 3 possible choices if Tesla follows the Model X as an example. Speaking of towing, the 2020 Tesla Pickup will definitely develop off the Model X’s 5,000-pound towing capability. Possibly with suspension tuning and an incorporated trailer brake system, the pickup could pull upwards of 7,000 pounds.
2020 Tesla Pickup Price
Prices will be fascinating to follow. Will Tesla press the pickup upmarket, making it a high-end product comparable to the Model X, or will it reduce the price more in line with the current crop of mid-size pickups? Only time will tell, however we ‘d be on a slight reduction in expense over the Model X. The pickup won’t be Model 3 cash, but Tesla can’t price itself out of a customer base.
That suggests the Tesla pickup will carry a starting cost around $50,000. That’s $18,000 more economical than the Model X yet well above the approximated $35,000 starting price for the Model 3. Obviously, the rate will increase appropriately with the more effective battery options.