New 2020 Tesla Cybertruck pick-up readies for launch

The American firm’s all-electric rival to the Ford F150 will make its debut tonight, promising high performance and a competitive price

Tesla will unveil its all-electric “Cybertruck” pick-up tonight in Los Angeles, near founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX headquarters. Musk recently confirmed the pick-up’s launch via Twitter, cryptically teasing the vehicle with a link to the opening titles of the cult 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner, from which the Cybertruck draws inspiration.

Tesla teased the Cybertruck at the launch event for the Model Y, announcing its intention to unveil the new commercial vehicle in the middle of 2020. Musk also released a teaser image on his Twitter account (below), giving us an early look at the new model’s bluff rear end and full-width light-bar. A six-seat interior layout has also been promised.

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Cybertruck unveil on Nov 21 in LA near SpaceX rocket factory

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2019

Previously, Musk announced that the upcoming Tesla pick-up will be more practical than a Ford F-150, sportier than Porsche 911 and have a base-price “well under” $50,000 (around £40,000).

The pick-up will feature a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive electric powertrain and a large battery pack, with Musk suggesting a range of between 400 and 500 miles. Musk promises the pick-up will be handy off-road, too, with new tractional control settings designed to simulate mechanical locking differentials.

We expect the pick-up will share some of its underpinnings with the Model X SUV. As such, it should offer performance unlike any other commercial vehicle on the market. We’re anticipating similar figures to the Model X which, even in its most basic form, will sprint from 0–60mph in around six seconds, despite its 2.5 tonne kerb weight.

Tesla’s pick-up will be built with commercial functionality in mind; 240-volt outlets for heavy power tools will feature, and Musk claims that the vehicle will be able to power them for extended periods of time from the truck’s battery pack. Standard self-levelling suspension has been confirmed, too.

Unlike its competitors, the American EV brand is expected to only offer the popular double-cab body style, rather than single- and king-cab variants, to keep costs to a minimum.

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