New 2020 Tesla pick-up: Elon Musk announces price

Musk claims the Tesla pick-up will be more functional than an Ford F-150, sportier than a Porsche 911 and cost “well under” $50,000

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has 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).

Tesla teased its all-electric pick-up truck at the launch event for the Model Y, announcing its intention to unveil the new commercial vehicle in the middle of 2020. Musk revealed 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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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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