Tesla’s outstanding streak, what’s coming next?

June 26th, 2013 by Road Test TV

Tesla Model S

If I was to sit here and create a list of achievements for Tesla Motors, I could probably go on forever. In recent months, Tesla has made headlines with its Model S all-electric sedan by receiving praises from Consumer Reports as the best car the publication has ever tested and by proving naysayers wrong by offering options such as battery swapping (which replaces a depleted Tesla batter with a fully charged one at a Tesla charging station).

While much of the positive attention on Tesla is focused on the Model S, many are wondering what the fully-electric automaker has up its sleeve for the future. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you out with some factual data and some exciting rumors.

Tesla Model X: First and foremost, following the Tesla Model S and the continuous stability of the program, Tesla will offer the world the first mass-produced all-electric SUV with the Tesla Model X.

“Model X is designed from the ground up to blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan, as only an electric car can,” Tesla says. “It is an automobile above category, built around the driver. It artfully provides unfettered performance and brilliant functionality.”

The Model X is powered by the company’s electric powertrain that delivers instant torque with enough power to pull 7-passengers and their cargo. The Model X is also offered with optional Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive. The second motor allows all-weather, all-road capabilities and increases torque by 50%. When outfitted with AWD, Model X Performance trim level runs from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, that’s pretty damn fast!

The Tesla Model X is due out some time in late 2014 – depending on how things progress with the Model S and how stable Tesla Motors is as a company during that period.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Sedan: No we’re not talking about the Model S. Tesla Motors has repeatedly confirmed that it will be offering a more affordable sedan that will compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series in terms of size. Specs and availability of the model have been kept quite.

Tesla Model R: If you’re thinking that the Tesla Model R will be the successor of the Roadster – you’re thinking right. While it’s not officially confirmed by Tesla (on paper), a successor to the company’s first model ever – the Tesla Roadster – is in the works. However, instead of relying on Lotus for help – Tesla will go at it alone this time around, building its own platform and performing its own engineering work all in-house.

With Tesla Model X being a sure thing along with the 3 Series sized sedan and the Tesla Model R being a rumor that’s sure to come true, there are other vehicles that are on the extreme end of rumors. Word on the street is that Tesla is also working on baby sedan and a baby crossover for the future. The baby crossover will compete with the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 while the baby sedan will compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

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