It was back in January of 2016 that Elon Musk confessed in an on-camera interview that Tesla is “rather most likely” to develop a truck in the future. Pressed for an explanation, the CEO merely mentioned, “it’s sort of a logical thing for us to do in the future.”
Obviously producing a pickup provides a multitude of engineering challenges not confronted with the sedans or crossover. In order to be competitive, the Tesla pickup will need to provide reputable towing and hauling capacities while preserving a decent battery range, have the ability to traverse rough surface, but preserve a similar battery range as the Model X when unloaded. Tesla engineers will unquestionably be tested.
2020 Tesla Pickup Exterior
The 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely share parts with the Model X– it just 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 area of its SUV. Rather, Tesla would be smart 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 similar general shape ahead of the B-pillars, however the pickup has a taller stance with more pronounced 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 standard design. The C-pillar then blends perfectly from the roofing system down into the cargo bed, making the transition between taxi and bed more stylistic. In reality, the Honda Ridgeline’s style influenced our choice 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 handles will assist lighten up the truck’s side profile. Black trim around the lower portion of the truck will assist secure paint from rocks and mud, while perpetuating that rugged look. Wheel options might look familiar, as the fan-style rollers in our rendering. Tire choices will be more aggressive than those discovered somewhere else in the Tesla lineup.
There’s no telling what sort of innovations Tesla has prepared for the freight bed. We ‘d wager the Ridgeline will work as a guide for Tesla’s designers, however. Expect to see clever methods of managing smaller sized freight, modular tie-downs, and even a range of power outlets. Tesla will likely offer a Tonneau cover as standard devices, helping enhance the truck’s aerodynamic effectiveness.
2020 Tesla Pickup Interior
We ‘d anticipate nothing less than Tesla’s high-caliber interior, maybe a somewhat modified version of the Model X’s cabin. Sporty container seats, a minimalistic control panel with a huge touchscreen, and a totally digital gauge cluster for the chauffeur are highly likely. Tesla might pull a surprise with a folding rear bench seat, or maybe pail seats attached to the rear bulkhead with open storage beneath. Those bucket seats could also fold up flat against the rear wall for hauling bigger products. 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 undoubtedly provide its truck consumers choices when selecting an electric powertrain. The Model X provides four options, that include the 60D, 75D, 90D, and the outlandish P90D. For truck duty, however, we ‘d wager 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 undoubtedly construct 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 interesting to follow. Will Tesla press the pickup upmarket, making it a high-end item equivalent to the Model X, or will it minimize the price more in line with the current crop of mid-size pickups? Just time will inform, however we ‘d be on a minor reduction in expense over the Model X. The pickup will not be Model 3 money, however Tesla can’t price itself out of a consumer base.
That recommends the Tesla pickup will bring a beginning price around $50,000. That’s $18,000 cheaper than the Model X yet well above the estimated $35,000 beginning cost for the Model 3. Naturally, the cost will increase appropriately with the more effective battery choices.