Tesla has been electrifying the global automotive scene quite literally. Founded in 2003, the brand’s claim to fame was the Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster, which was launched in 2008. The 2-door electric sports car offered a range of nearly 400km and a 0-100kmph time of under 4 seconds. With over 2,400 sales to its name, the Roadster got the ball rolling for Tesla. Since 2012, the carmaker has expanded its range to include the Model S family sedan and the Model X crossover, with the Model 3 sedan slated to join the family soon. Tesla’s vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, which is capable of producing 2,000 cars a week. The brand is expected to make its entry into the Indian market in 2018, with the first product launch being the Model 3 sedan – a likely rival to the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and Jaguar XF.
While the Model Y is likely to be an affordable crossover, the pickup, as Elon Musk quoted in a tweet, will have a “game changing feature”
Tesla’s resident twitterati, Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of the electric carmaker, is renowned for, every now and then, revealing where the company is heading in terms of expanding its product portfolio. In his latest tweet wherein he had asked for suggestions from Tesla fans on “How can we improve further?”, he received a reply on how an all-electric pickup would do wonders for the company. Musk wasted almost no time to reveal that a Tesla-marked pickup will surely come after the Model Y. In essence, two new Tesla models are being developed to cater to a larger consumer base and we are particularly excited about the Model Y.
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What is the Model Y?
In layman terms, it will be an all-electric crossover underpinned by the same platform as Tesla’s sedan of the masses, the Model 3. That means, the Model Y will be to the Model 3 what the Model X is to the Model S. Another design element that is likely to feature on the Model Y are ‘Falcon Wing’ rear doors like the Model X. No points for guessing, the Model Y will share its powertrain options with the Model 3 as well. The Model Y... read more »