Tesla enter electric pick-up truck market with a bang

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not one to do things by the book and his latest unveiling is certainly indicative of this.

Tesla announced the Cybertruck, their first attempt at entering the electric truck market, during a livestream event on Thursday 21st November, in a reveal that left most in the audience speechless.

Sporting a unique, block like design, the Cybertruck is certainly not what we’ve come to expect from Tesla, with their sleek, classy designs a common feature across their range of vehicles.

It appears Tesla have gone the simplistic approach with the Cybertruck, with the truck made up of flat panel surfaces forming a triangular shape, complete with a metallic grey coat.

If the design of the vehicle didn’t make those watching ask questions, then it’s design features certainly did.

Musk claimed that the Cybertruck would be the toughest pick-up truck on the market, with its stainless-steel body able to resist a 9mm bullet and the super-strength glass supposed to avoid shattering (unfortunately the demonstration didn’t quite go to plan).

The tailgate has a built-in slide-out tray that becomes a ramp when loading the vehicle. The rear suspension also drops as the tailgate opens to make it easier to load.

While the Cybertruck had people talking about its shape and look, its underneath the exterior where the vehicle becomes seriously impressive.

Available in three variants, Tesla have catered to all markets.

The base model, a single motor RWD vehicle, comes with a range of 400km and clocks in at 6.5 seconds for 0 to 60mph (96km/h). It also comes with a 3400kg towing capacity.

The next step-up is the dual motor AWD variant. With a 482km range, the dual motor variant records a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, faster than the Holden Commodore V8 Sedan, while supporting 4500kg towing.

The top of the line tri motor AWD model claims a 2.9 second 0-60mph time, faster than the standard Porsche 911, with an 800km range and 6300kg towing.

All variants come with adaptive air suspension which lowers the vehicle for better speed on freeways while lifting it for added clearance for off-road adventures.

The Cybertruck has room for six passengers and carries the trademark Tesla dashboard area, a single 17-inch screen which holds access for most of the vehicle’s settings.

The Tesla Cybertruck is due for release in late 2021, with prices starting from $USD39,900 for the single motor RWD, US$49,900 for the dual motor AWD and $69,900 for the tri motor AWD. Fully refundable $150 reservations have already been made available.

Original source: Car Advice | Tesla Cybertruck: Yes, this is it! On sale in US now from $39,900, Australian plans uncertain

25 Nov 2019