The Tesla Cybertruck made its official debut during a special event in California last night and it’s safe to say that the vehicle is not at all what some were expecting – especially with regards to the exterior styling.
While Elon Musk has alluded to the so-called Cybertruck’s sci-fi inspired styling in the past, we’re a bit surprised to see just how far Tesla went with the spaceship-like design. The triangular shaped body is made of a steel alloy that Tesla says is dent resistant, scratch resistant and even bulletproof against 9-mm ammunition. The vehicle glass is also quite strong, though when one employee went to prove its strength by striking the side windows with an object during the presentation, the glass shattered.
The truck also comes with a four-door body and an industry-standard 6.5-foot bed.
As for the powertrain, the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive model will start at $39,900, have a towing capacity of about 7,500 pounds and a range of about 250 miles. It will also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 6.5 seconds. The mid-level version, starting at $49,900, will have dual-motor AWD, a 10,000-pound towing capacity and about 300 miles of range. Meanwhile, the tri-motor range-topping model will have a 14,000-pound towing capacity, a range of more than 500 miles and will hustle from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The tri-motor version will also run the quarter-mile in about 10.8 seconds. It will cost $69,900.
Customers can already put down a $100 deposit to reserve the Tesla Cybertruck. They will be able to complete their desired vehicle configuration online sometime next year, with production of the regular model to start in late 2021 and the tri-motor version arriving in late 2022.
Yesterday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker’s new production electric pickup truck would go on sale by the fall of 2021, so GM’s offering and the Cybertruck should hit the market at around the same time. Will it be able to deliver the kind of numbers Tesla is claiming for the Cybertruck? We’re not sure, but it will be exciting to see how this new segment evolves in the next few years.