A Tesla Model Y Cybertruck, What?

Will Tesla make a smaller Model Y Cybertruck? It only makes sense!
Written by Katie Dyer
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Aug 31, 2022
No one who has seen it can forget the eye-popping, futuristic-looking
Tesla
Cybertruck. While it hasn’t been released yet, the angular, starship-looking truck has been surrounded by lots of hype. 
That got us thinking: with the rising popularity of smaller pickup trucks, should Tesla release a smaller, unibody pickup?
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The small truck trend

Full-size pickup trucks are incredibly popular:
Car and Driver
reports 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. 
According to
InsideEVs
, Ford has added the small Maverick
hybrid truck
to their lineup. The Maverick shares the same platform as the Ford Bronco and Escape, and Ford will likely create a fully electric version in the future. 
Hyundai launched its small-sized Santa Cruz pickup on their
Tucson
compact-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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