Here’s the Tesla’s 2016 model range, designed by carwow. We’ve taken Tesla’s design language, added a little bit of prediction and a dash of common sense to create what you see below – the Tesla city car, Tesla hypercar and, finally, the Tesla pickup truck.
Let’s start with the latter.
The Tesla Model U
Although Tesla won’t need to factor in the packaging constraints of a large internal combustion engine, the Model U’s shape will be familiar with America’s truck buyers. A wide, deep load bed, double cab and upright windscreen will make this the first truly economical-yet-practical workhorse on the market.
Read our Tesla pickup work-in-progress article to see how we arrived at this design.
The Tesla Model R
Despite its philanthropic approach to developing technology rapidly and making its patents available to the wider world, Tesla lacks one thing – a truly mad halo model. This is because the company is waiting until battery and motor technology gives us electrical powertrains that are light, small and powerful enough to give outrageous levels of power over distances long enough to tempt supercar owners out of their McLarens and Ferraris.
The Model R keeps Tesla’s traditional design cues – the wing badge, ‘T grille’ and wheel designs are all there, but with a range of sharp edges that evokes the power going to all four wheels. There’s no mid-engined cabin-forward design here – after all, there’s no engine. Tesla sticks boldly to the classic shape of a front-engined, rear-drive hypercar. Think Mercedes-AMG SLS, but with twice the torque…
Read more about how we arrived at this design and all the Tesla hypercar prototypes that didn’t make the cut.
The Tesla Model C
If Tesla wants to make a move on the European mass-market segment, it’ll need a city car up its sleeve. Given that its current models are pushing the boundaries of speed and performance, detuning a Tesla powertrain for a city car could increase the usable range significantly. After all, we don’t need city cars that can sprint to 60mph in four seconds flat – but it would be nice if we didn’t have to trail a wire out to the car every day.
Tesla would be able to put substantial amounts of glass around the front of the cabin – not having a petrol or diesel engine to contend with. The large windscreen would allow light to pour in, destroying the sense of boxiness and claustrophobia you often get in small cars.
Like the Model C? See how we arrived at the final Tesla city car design after weeks of sketching.
Over to you, Elon…
We might have to wait a while to finds out which of these concepts Elon Musk gives the green light to, but while you wait why not take a look at our review of the Tesla Model S or head over to our car configurator to see how much you could save on your next car.
See how we did it
We’ve sifted through all the wastepaper bins in the office and collected all the behind-the-scenes development sketches that resulted in the cars above. See the work-in-progress renders for the hypercar, city car and pickup truck to see where we came from!
All images created for carwow by YasidDESIGN.