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Tesla is planning to introduce six new or heavily updated models in the next few years. Here's everything you need to know about them...
Hardly a week goes by without another exciting new fully electric model being revealed, and Tesla has big expansion plans of its own. Here's what's coming when.
Tesla Model Y
On sale Late 2021
The Model Y is a mid-sized SUV that will be available with seven seats, making it a rival to the conventionally powered Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes GLB, as well as five-seat electric SUVs such as the Audi Q4 e-tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4.
Two versions of the Model Y are likely to be offered in the UK initially: the Long Range, which is capable of 300 miles between charges on America's official EPA test cycle, and the more powerful and expensive Performance, which still manages 280 miles.
Tesla estimates that this would translate to 336 miles and 314 miles respectively in Europe's WLTP test – figures that are in line with what the e-tron and ID.4 manage, but are surpassed by the Mach-E's maximum.
A 15-minute charge at one of Tesla’s third-generation Superchargers will be enough for 168 miles of range. The Model Y delivers the impressive performance we’ve come to expect from the brand's cars, with the Long Range getting from 0-60mph in 5.5sec and the Performance taking just 3.5sec.
The dashboard design is pretty much identical to that of the Tesla Model 3 executive car, meaning it's incredibly minimalist, while the exterior blends the closed front end of the Model 3 with a profile that's more reminiscent of the bigger Model X SUV.
Tesla Model S
On sale Early 2022
First introduced to the UK in 2014, the Model S luxury car will get a big interior update next year, with the portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system of today's car ditched in favour of a 17in landscape unit that looks to be better integrated into the dashboard.
This runs new software with the processing power of 10 teraflops (yes, that's really a thing), meaning the in-car games you can play are comparable with those on modern gaming consoles. Plus, there's a new 8.0in touchscreen mounted at the back of the centre console, giving rear-seat passengers access to various entertainment functions.
Official pictures show a new steering wheel that has no upper section, presumably to give the driver a better view of the digital instrument panel behind. That design would currently be illegal in the UK, though.
Beyond the new interior, the big news is the introduction of a Model S Plaid variant, which uses three electric motors to produce a whopping 1006bhp. That's said to be enough for 0-60mph in 1.99sec – faster than all but the most outrageous supercars.
There will also be a Model S Plaid+, which increases the range from an estimated 390 miles to more than 520 miles (on the official US EPA test cycle).
Prices for the revised Model S will start at £83,980, rising to £110,980 for the Plaid and £130,980 for the Plaid+.
Tesla Model X
On sale Late 2022
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised that this successor to the first ever Tesla will be "the fastest accelerating production car ever", hitting 60mph in 1.9sec and 100mph in 4.2sec. It's also said to have a top speed of more than 250mph.
At first glance the car looks like a coupé, but it features a removable roof panel, and the claimed range between charges is a whopping 620 miles.
"The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said at the reveal of the new Roadster. "Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche."
On sale 2023
At 5.87 metres long, Tesla's first foray into the pick-up truck market is around the same length as conventional rivals in the US, but slightly longer than the models we currently get in the UK.
It features a radical wedge-shaped design that's a major departure from the styling of other Teslas – and indeed pretty much everything else on the road. Plus, buyers will be able to spec it with one, two or three electric motors.
Even the single motor, rear-wheel-drive variant is said to be capable of 0-60mph in 6.5sec and 250 miles between charges. Plus, it can tow 3500kg with a payload of 1360kg.
The dual-motor version brings four-wheel drive, cuts the 0-60mph time to 4.5sec and has the ability to tow more than 4500kg. The spec highlights of the tri-motor version are said to be a 2.9sec 0-60mph time, a 500-mile range and a 6350kg towing capacity.
The load bay is 1.9 metres long, which is the same as a standard Ford F150's, and it features a powered cover for security.
Tesla Model 3 Hatchback
On sale tbc
Although it's still to be confirmed, Musk has hinted at launching an electric family hatchback to rival the Volkswagen ID.3. It would be the cheapest Tesla so far.
News agency Bloomberg recently quoted him as saying: "In Europe, it would make sense to do a compact car." At an earlier conference, Musk told investors: "The thing that bugs me the most about where we are right now is that our cars aren’t affordable enough. It would be reasonable to assume that we would make a compact vehicle of some kind and probably a higher-capacity vehicle.”
No details have been announced, but it's believed that to keep costs down this new entry-level model could be a reworked version of the existing Model 3 saloon with reduced performance.