Published on June 7th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Next Tesla Sedan To Get Crossover Version
There has been a lot of talk and speculation regarding the as-yet-unnamed third-generation EV from Tesla Motors. According to Elon Musk, it will go at least 200-miles per charge and cost about half what the Tesla Model S does. Another tidbit Musk let leak out? Apparently there will be a small crossover version of this EV as well.
Musk really knows the market, because the crossover segment is booming right now. These car-based SUVs have better fuel economy and more car-like handling than SUVs, and soccer moms have migrated to vehicles like the Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage en masse. Musk wants a slice of the crossover market too.
Unlike the delayed full-size Model X SUV, the compact crossover would be based on the small gen-three platform currently under development at Tesla. It should fall in the same battery capacity and range as the sedan, that means, broadening Tesla’s mass market appeal.
As far as Model S variants, Musk is so far mum. A coupe version certainly would be a welcome addition, though it seems that, at least for now, Musk has already moved on to the next vehicle in his lineup.
Source: Automotive News