Next for Tesla: new small crossover and compact sedan

Article by Anita Panait, on June 1, 2013

Tesla Motors Inc. will be adding two new models to its vaunted vehicle lineup, according to chief executive Elon Musk. The new models will be a new small crossover and a new compact sedan – both of which will share a third-generation platform. According to Muck, the new small crossover and the new compact sedan will be smaller and less costly than the $70,000 Model S sedan that went on sale last summer and the Model X crossover that will be launched next year.

The small sedan – called internally as Gen 3 since it will be underpinned by Tesla’s third-generation platform – will compete against the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series and will have a starting price of around $30,000, Musk said.

It could be available for sale "in the next three to four years." Musk suggested that the compact crossover, meanwhile, may share some design cues, including gull-wing doors, with the 2014 Model X. The compact crossover may compete against the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 crossovers.

One of the major differences between premium European models and Tesla’s new models will be the propulsion system. While premium European models are powered by conventional engines, Tesla’s third-generation vehicles will be powered by electric motors and lithium-ion batteries and fully able to use the carmaker’s fast-charge stations.

Musk said that Tesla is accelerating plans to expand its fast-charge network across the United States and Canada, with 25 charging stations installed in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Seattle and Portland and others by end of June.

Tesla currently operates eight Supercharger stations -- including six in California, one in Connecticut and one in Delaware. Tesla’s Supercharger networks will eventually grow to 200 stations, with up to 3,000 charging ports, Musk disclosed. The carmaker will announced later this year a similar fast-charge network for Europe.

Topics: tesla, crossover, sedan

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is...
by - March 24, 2017
Porsche is laying aside any plans of pushing another hybrid hypercar into their line-up -- at least not at this time. Oliver Blume, Porsche Global Chief confirmed in a recent...
by - March 24, 2017
Since 1993, Lexus has produced 4 generations of the Lexus GS, with the GS F amongst its newest member of the family. Unfortunately, rumors are also heating up that the...
by - March 24, 2017
In a leaked image following a presentation held in China, we learned that Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda will soon unveil 2 more new SUVs in China, resulting in a four-model...
by - March 24, 2017
McLaren is said to be designing the next generation of Sports Series, which could include a V6 hybrid among its powertrain options. It was earlier reported that the British automaker...
by - March 24, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries