Been grumbling that Tesla’s cars look amorphously soft-edged? This’ll learn you. Here’s the Cybertruck. It’s due down the lines from late 2021. Or, once they’ve got the Model Y into production. And the Semi. And the Roadster. OK, OK, Tesla’s always late but always gets there in the end.
As usual, there are several battery and motor options, up to a tri-motor AWD spec, for 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds. That one claims 500+ miles’ range when driven more moderately, and a 1,500kg load. A base 250-mile rear-driver will follow. Otherwise, details are scarce and there will be some changes – assume they’ll add screen wipers. But you can put down a £100 deposit now, and RHD is “late 2022”.
Suspension is by air, so it’ll kneel for loading, and elevate for off-road ground clearance. Those rear buttresses inhibit loading over the sides, but there’s a roll-top cargo lid between them, so it’s a secure load bay. The cabin seats six.
Now, the styling. Is being different per se a risk? Nope. Impersonating the US big three’s trucks is a hopeless errand. Toyota shifts a solitary Tundra for every eight Ford F150s sold. So we see Esprit/Countach echoes, although here the triangulated edginess is all about the strength of the ‘exoskeleton’. The flat panels are made of armour-strong steel, to resist dents.
If they weren’t flat they wouldn’t need to be as strong, and that would make it a lot lighter. Hope Autopilot’s working well: wouldn’t want to be hit by one. But without that steel, Tesla couldn’t call it bullet-proof. It’s like the ‘bioweapon defense mode’ in the Model S. Tesla claims to be saving the world, while preparing for a dystopian end of days.