It was back in January of 2016 that Elon Musk confessed in an on-camera interview that Tesla is “rather likely” to develop a truck in the future. Pushed for a description, the CEO merely remarked, “it’s sort of a rational thing for us to do in the future.”
Obviously producing a pickup presents a slew 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 hauling capabilities while preserving a decent battery range, have the capability to traverse rough surface, and yet keep a similar battery range as the Model X when unloaded. Tesla engineers will unquestionably be put to the test.
2020 Tesla Pickup Exterior
The 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely share parts with the Model X– it only makes sense. However, we’re not anticipating Tesla to pull an old-school GM and merely slap a pickup bed in location of the cargo location of its SUV. Rather, Tesla would be wise to offer its pickup a familiar yet unique look, separating it from the Model X, yet still being undeniably Tesla. When compared side by side, the pickup and Model X share a comparable total shape ahead of the B-pillars, however the pickup has a taller position with more noticable fenders and a more rugged lower fascia. It’s these hints that help define the vehicle’s “truckness.”.
Behind the B-pillar, the rear doors drop the Falcon Wings in favor of a more conventional style. The C-pillar then blends nicely from the roofing system down into the cargo bed, making the transition in between taxi and bed more stylistic. In reality, the Honda Ridgeline’s design influenced our choice for this styling feature. Both trucks would ride on an enhanced unibody chassis, after all.
Chrome trim around the windows and Tesla’s signature door handles will assist brighten the truck’s side profile. Black trim around the lower part of the truck will assist secure paint from rocks and mud, while perpetuating that rugged appearance. Wheel choices may look familiar, as the fan-style rollers in our rendering. Tire options will be more aggressive than those discovered somewhere else in the Tesla lineup.
There’s no informing exactly what sort of developments Tesla has prepared for the freight 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, and even a variety of power outlets. Tesla will likely offer a Tonneau cover as standard equipment, helping enhance the truck’s aerodynamic efficiency.
2020 Tesla Pickup Interior
We ‘d expect nothing less than Tesla’s high-caliber interior, perhaps a slightly modified variation of the Model X’s cabin. Stylish bucket seats, a minimalistic control panel with a huge touchscreen, and a fully digital gauge cluster for the chauffeur are highly likely. Tesla may pull a surprise with a folding rear bench seat, or maybe container seats attached to the rear bulkhead with open storage underneath. Those bucket seats might also fold up flat against the rear wall for transporting larger items. Like the Model X, the 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely feature a large windscreen that pulls back like a receding hairline.
2020 Tesla Pickup Engine
Tesla will certainly provide its truck clients choices when selecting an electric powertrain. The Model X provides four choices, that include the 60D, 75D, 90D, and the over-the-top P90D. For truck task, however, we ‘d bet the base 60D will be skipped. That leaves three possible options if Tesla follows the Model X as an example. Mentioning towing, the 2020 Tesla Pickup will certainly build off the Model X’s 5,000-pound towing capability. Maybe with suspension tuning and an integrated trailer brake system, the pickup might pull upwards of 7,000 pounds.
2020 Tesla Pickup Price
Pricing 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 present crop of mid-size pickups? Just time will inform, however we ‘d be on a slight reduction in cost over the Model X. The pickup won’t be Model 3 money, but Tesla can’t price itself from a client base.
That recommends the Tesla pickup will bring a beginning cost around $50,000. That’s $18,000 cheaper than the Model X yet well above the approximated $35,000 beginning price for the Model 3. Naturally, the cost will increase accordingly with the more effective battery choices.