Published on September 18th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
Next Up For Tesla Motors: Small Crossover, Sports Car
Though the first few hundred Tesla Model S sedans have just started rolling off of the assembly line, a car company with high hopes like Tesla Motors has to look far into the future. And what do the next few years hold for Elon Musk’s electric car company? Well to start with, a small crossover and a sports car…perhaps even the return of the Roadster.
Tesla Motors is looking out as far as 2016, when the crossover and sports car are set to hit market. Before then, the already-unveiled Model X SUV will start rolling out of factories, followed in 2015 by a $30,000 “entry-level” sedan. At some point Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, hopes to also roll out an all-electric supercar.
Who is Tesla aiming for, exactly? It seems to be BMW, as Musk specifically calls out ze German luxury performance automaker’s X3 sports crossover as the prime competitor. An electric crossover will no doubt appeal to suburban moms.
And for their husbands? Well the Tesla Roadster will almost certainly make a triumphant return, hopefully this time with a purpose-built chassis, more range and performance, and a lower price. But Musk says the next sports car Tesla does will “not be in the same vein” as the Roadster. That means we may have to wait past 2016 for the return of the Roadster.
Mayhaps instead Musk is planning an all-electric muscle car? Rather than the lightweight Lotus upon which the Roadster was based, perhaps the next Tesla sports car will be big, bold, and unapologetic. As for the upcoming affordable sedan, Musk says it will be a “scaled down” version of the Model S, which probably means smaller, less range, but a more affordable price as well. The new sedan is also aiming to take on the BMW 3-Series crowd.
Tesla has big plans, and I can’t wait to see what they roll out next.