No one who has seen it can forget the eye-popping, futuristic-looking
TeslaCybertruck. While it hasn’t been released yet, the angular, starship-looking truck has been surrounded by lots of hype.
The small truck trend
Full-size pickup trucks are incredibly popular:
Car and Driverreports that the top three best-selling new vehicles in America in 2021 were trucks. Even with rising gas prices, trucks only seem to be gaining in popularity.
There also seems to be a rising market demand for smaller pickups. Many consumers want the utility of a pickup but need maneuverability in crowded suburban or urban environments, and many automakers are jumping on this trend. As the demand rises for EVs, small, electric pickups may be the next big thing.
Hyundai launched its small-sized Santa Cruz pickup on their
Tucsoncompact-SUV platform. While the Santa Cruz only comes with a gas engine at this time, the Tucson has hybrid options, meaning Hyundai could potentially offer a fully-electric Santa Cruz in the future. Why shouldn’t Tesla consider something similar?
Will Tesla jump on this bandwagon?
If Tesla were to build a small unibody truck on its existing mid-size SUV Model Y platform, they could launch it pretty quickly, relatively speaking. When Tesla developed the Model Y, it used the same platform as the Model 3, which helped get it to market ahead of schedule.
Tesla has never announced any such plans for a small pickup, but it's hard to imagine they haven’t considered it as a potential option, given their rising popularity.
When will we finally see a Tesla Cybertruck on the roads?
The Tesla full-size Cybertruck is slated to be released in 2023. Its design is finally complete, and Tesla Cybertruck reservation holders are simply waiting for their hugely anticipated trucks to arrive.
Due to all this hype, it's very unlikely Tesla would release a smaller truck any time soon. But, maybe after the Cybertruck is rolling off the assembly lines, a smaller truck could be a possibility, and as the global demand rises, it may just make perfect sense.
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