Tesla will expand its model range to include two new vehicles alongside the current Model S, with a sports-utility vehicle and small saloon planned

Tesla is set to expand its model line-up with two new electric models, company boss Elon Musk has told Autocar.

The first model to join the existing S luxury saloon will be the Model X SUV, arriving next year. Company insiders indicate that it will be close to the concept car that’s already been widely displayed and is set to keep its gullwing doors too.

A third model, rivalling the BMW 3-series, will arrive in early 2017. According to Musk, "it will be 20 per cent smaller and half the price" of the current Model S, indicating a starting price of around £30,000.

Design and engineering work is set to start on the small saloon at the end of this year and it’s likely that a good deal of the work, including dynamic tuning, will be done at the company’s forthcoming UK research and development centre.

Musk, who has recently purchased the Lotus Esprit submarine model featured in the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ also admitted that he plans to create something similar that works.

"It’s a low priority project but we can create a transformation amphibious vehicle using Model S electrics. It will look like the Esprit too but 10 per cent bigger and we’ll make it in single digit numbers, but it can be done," he said.

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7 June 2014

Gull wing doors on an SUV could be a little impractical down the local supermarket car park I fear. And will the underwater Tesla be known as a Tesla SUB?....


8 June 2014
turini wrote:

Gull wing doors on an SUV could be a little impractical down the local supermarket car park I fear. And will the underwater Tesla be known as a Tesla SUB?....

If you go to Tesla's website and see the doors operating you may change your mind. The front ones open conventionally though. Also could be a problem opening the 'Falcon Wing' doors in a garage..

9 June 2014

hope they give the new models some rear headroom.

I'm 5'9 and couldnt sit upright in the back of the model s without grazing my head on the glass panoramic roof. They regular roof has even less headroom. i kept thinking... my god a fiesta has more headroom than this in the back, but what were they thinking? they need a real 4 door saloon. the model s is a 2+2

9 June 2014

Actually the model S is a 2+3 (optionally 2+3+2). And are you sure the model without the panoramic roof has less headroom than the one with the panoramic roof?

9 June 2014

you are right... of course its a bench back seat.

i was so amazed at the lack of rear headroom, i did a bit of digging around on the net. the panoramic roof boosting headroom a couple of inches was mentioned on the tesla's own website forum with owners / potential owners talking about how to overcome the lack of headroom. some just said they would only stick kids in the back anyway so it wasnt a concern for them. i also watched a video about teslas launch in china, and their dealers were complaining it puts a lot of customers off. its a pretty incredible oversight.


9 June 2014

Olde worlde Browns Lane vs New world California (versus the Germans, of course). Would make a nice collaboration... hmmm anyone for a Daimler (electric Jag)?

2 July 2014

Day by day we have found multiple new inventions in the automobile industries; therefore people were getting high level of opportunities to deal with their vehicle choice problems. Basically now days SUV models are more in demand just because of its sports and utility nature; here also we have found a complete description about electric SUV and BMW 3-series models. I hope in near future we have found some more hybrid vehicles with high level of features.

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