Tesla’s long-awaited ‘Cybertruck’ wants to be your electric F-150

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November 07, 2019 01:45 PM

Tesla’s long-awaited ‘Cybertruck’ wants to be your electric F-150

Here’s what to expect when the Tesla pickup is unveiled later this month.

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The long-awaited Tesla pickup truck will feature a “cyberpunk” aesthetic, as seen in our rendering, because Elon Musk is a fan of “Blade Runner.”

Tesla has announced a reveal date for the long-awaited pickup model, but not to stem the tide of recent speculation about its exterior appearance, which had veered into Martian rover concept territory over the past few weeks. Instead, Tesla will reveal the pickup truck because it promised it a while ago, six years in fact, and because shareholders are probably getting antsy about the new model after interest in the Model Y seemed to abate very quickly following its reveal as a slightly taller Model 3 sedan. Tesla also needs to show off its truck as a counterpoint to Bollinger’s own electric pickup truck, pricing for which was announced just a couple of weeks ago.
The Tesla pickup, which Elon Musk has called the “Cybertruck” this week, will be revealed to the public on Nov. 21.
What can we expect from the latest Tesla model that will try to tempt a slightly different demographic than all of its previous vehicles, which seemed designed to appeal to wealthy urbanites on the two coasts?
For one thing, we do not expect that its design will be completely unexpected, if only for the reason that Tesla has shared a scary teaser image, seen below, to get some of the shock over with ahead of time. Also, we do not expect the pickup to be a forward-control, 6×6 dump truck with a central seating position for the driver and three seats in the second row. We do expect it to be styled a little more conventionally, aiming for a demographic that likes the Ford F-150 or the unibody Honda Ridgeline but wishes that they were electric. Elon Musk himself hinted that the F-150 served as a benchmark truck for Tesla’s own model, so it’s prudent to expect something along those lines. 
“If the F-150 can do it then a Tesla truck should be able to do it,” Musk said at one point.
But we’re not expecting a Jeep Gladiator rival — the target demographic will still be wealthy suburbanites who prefer the versatility of a luxury pickup and want all the comforts of a luxury vehicle. We’re also keeping in mind that Tesla wants to sell a lot of these, so its design and packaging needs to make sense for a wide audience, some of which will be rural. (At least in the sense that Northern California wine country, two hours north of the Bay Area, is rural).

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Tesla has shared a teaser image of the hood of the truck, which is expected to be quite angular.

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These are the needs that have informed the design of our rendering at the top, in addition to an official teaser image above of the front of the truck that seems to not want to be friends with aerodynamics, coupled with hints of a “cyberpunk” design aesthetic by Musk.
When it comes to range, power, payload and towing capacity, relatively little has trickled out of Fremont in recent months. Musk has indicated that the truck will offer 400 to 500 miles of range, likely thanks to a larger battery than that offered on the Model S, and will start around $50,000. There will be several different versions of the truck, all of which will offer seating for six, including a dual-motor flavor. Musk also indicated that the truck will be a better sports car than the (brace yourself) Porsche 911.
To be fair, Musk did not clarify what generation of the 911 he was talking about. And six people in a pickup truck sounds like the front seat will have enough space for three people, which likely means no central console and three airbags up front, with one somehow hidden above the infotainment touchscreen. Because it cannot be a three-row pickup, right? (We’re almost more curious to see how it will seat six people than any other promised specification).
Musk has also stated that the truck will have a towing capacity of 300,000 pounds, which to us sounds like it will be able to budge a freight train and tow it very slowly — or tow some kind of rocket launch platform given the fact that the truck will be unveiled at SpaceX headquarters. Whether the truck will be able to exert braking pressure to bring those 300,000 pounds to a halt is another matter. 
We’ll see in a couple of weeks if all of these promises can coexist in an electric pickup that could be styled like a piece of brutalist architecture — if the official teaser image was indeed a preview of the front of the pickup. If it is, then Bollinger won’t be the only company with a rectangle-shaped electric truck.
 

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