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Up to this point, the only actual vehicle Tesla Motors has offered for sale is the all-electric Roadster. But the Silicon Valley-based automaker has drummed up a ton of interest and money by showing off its next planned product, the Model S sedan. It looks as if that trend will continue, as a report from the fine folks at Car and Driver suggests a new crossover will be shown off for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This makes some sense, since Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that we'll get to see the Model X before the end of the year.

Assuming this report is accurate, it's worth noting that the CUV's appearance in Frankfurt will mark the first time Tesla has used a major auto show to introduce a new model – both the original Roadster and the Model S sedan were both unveiled in smaller, private events.

The CUV will be based on the same underpinnings as the Model S sedan, which was designed from the start to allow for future model expansion. C&D speculates the crossover will sport all-wheel drive, though it's not known exactly how such an arrangement will work. It's possible that Tesla will craft a second powertrain unit that will power the front wheels independently of the rears. We'd expect a similar lithium ion battery pack to be used in the CUV as is planned for the sedan.

Following the unveil of the crossover, development of both a coupe and a larger, likely three-row sport utility vehicle will move forward in full force. There's also been talk of a carbiolet and possibly a minivan or MPV. Of course, all of this assumes that the startup automaker, which has partnered up with both Daimler and Toyota, doesn't run out of money before any of these future vehicles come to market. Here's hoping.

UPDATE: According to our sources at Tesla, we won't be seeing the Model X in Frankfurt, but it could debut sometime late this year.


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[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Tesla Model S is a sexy sedan. Bloating it may reduce this, though not by much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't the Model S exist first before they try expanding it?

      ...and to think people called the Volt vaporware.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to post something similar. Its great they expect a sales success with the Model-S but at the same time shouldnt they wait till they sell a few hundred before expanding. Only reason I can fathom them doing this is a high demand from potential customers and increased revenue from partners like Toyota and MB. That and I'm happy its just a Cross Over and not a full blown SUV.

        Tesla if your reading this.. Model-SW (for sport wagon ;) ) your welcome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Shouldn't the Model S exist first before they try expanding it?"

        Not if they want to be profitable as they can be. Waiting until after the Model S (how long, a day? a year?) is released would mean it wouldn't be produced and sold until at late as 2015. What armchair did you get your degree in business from?
      • 4 Years Ago
      sweet, this could increase sales and fund even badder versions of the roadster
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Lets see the model S first before they start burning money on concepts.
        How about building and maintaining a dealer network"

        Aren't they on schedule for the Model S launch?

        Aren't they in the process of building a dealer network?

        Any reason you think it makes good business sense for them not to announce another production model until the Model S is released, or are you just frothing at the mouth?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why not make a crossover? I mean, what would've been the point of partnering with Toyota, they didn't see a few future e-vehicles ahead. Toyota already has successful gas-electric hybrid models; it only make sense to take the next step and make full-electric versions.

        Eventhough, Toyota's overall reputation has taken a hit, they are still moving towards the future in the auto industry. I think Tesla's got the additional know-how to get them there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This company seems to specialize in concept and talk. Lets see the model S first before they start burning money on concepts.
        How about building and maintaining a dealer network? Those cost money you know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Model S is sexy, But I cannot wait for them to build something like a proper $30,000 - $40,000 coupe. Something With excellent range but the performance as well.

      Something to go head to head with the 335is, and Camaro,and CTS and the like.

      Build a coupe and I'll go nuts
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that something that can run with the CTS/G#&?3 series would be a better idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would agree with martin, saying that Tesla shouldn't get too far ahead of themselves, and build the sedan and sell a few before going too far overboard.

      But I also have to wonder, even just theoretically... Wouldn't a wagon do better than a CUV?

      If you are talking about efficiency with personal cargo room, why not just extend the roof, without raising the ride height, or raising the roof height above the floor pan. Both of those will hurt frontal area and drag more than simply a longer roof.

      Frankly, I'd rather have a regular car that I can fill up at a gas station, that looked like the Model S, or even a 3-door 2+2 coupe format of it with even lower roof, shorter wheelbase, and less weight, rather than a bigger, heavier CUV.

      I thought this stuff was about efficiency. but maybe that is just me ascribing too much logic to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would agree with martin, saying that Tesla shouldn't get too far ahead of themselves, and build the sedan and sell a few before going too far overboard.""

        Did you both get your degree from the same armchair? you sound about as smart...


        "But I also have to wonder, even just theoretically... Wouldn't a wagon do better than a CUV?"

        Yeah, because wagons are all the rage and CUVs are hugely unpopular. Remember, they actually want to make - not lose - as much profit as possible.


        "If you are talking about efficiency with personal cargo room, why not just extend the roof, without raising the ride height, or raising the roof height above the floor pan. Both of those will hurt frontal area and drag more than simply a longer roof."

        Reminds me of that simpsons episode...some incredible ideas you got..
        http://onscreencars.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/the-homer.jpg


        "Frankly, I'd rather have a regular car that I can fill up at a gas station, that looked like the Model S"

        Then buy a jaguar. Or buy a Model S and have your mechanic gut it and put in a stupid ICE. Oh you don't have a private mechanic and you can't afford the Model S? If we're just doing wishful thinking why not a Nissan Versa replacement that looks like the DB9 or A8?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Frankly, I'd rather have a regular car..." You see, this is where you and a huge portion of the american buyers differ. Americans love their Crossovers and SUVs, and no spikes in gas price has been able to change that so far. I think tesla is smart for going after the most popular segment (ok, maybe after pickup trucks), since in the end, it is not all about efficiency, but about what you can sell in large numbers, with a healthy markup. Huge trunk and the fact that you get in and out of a CUV or SUV without bending/folding is a huge selling point, as well as the higher position on the road, to try and be at least equal to all those F-150s and silverados. Aptera went for efficiency, and that hasn't really worked that well for them, has it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it isn't for efficiency, then why bother with the limitations of an electric vehicle at all, then?

        Just buy the Suburban you want anyway, if it is all about not having to bend at the waist, or look up at behemoth pickup trucks, which are tragically superficial qualifications, BTW... not that I am saying people aren't that superficial.

        There are plenty of SUVs and CUVs for those who want them, but that isn't exactly the best formula for making a tank of gas, or a a battery charge get you as far as practically possible down the road, or to get it to accelerate, turn, and stop well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A battery CUV is still 4 times more efficient than a gas equivalent, there is no changing that, it is still going to cost you a fraction of the price to drive around and to maintain, and you still get all the quirks and perks of an EV. If people in the US were looking for the most efficient form of transportation, everybody would be driving a bicycle or an electric moped, but they don't, and the think cars would be on the market by now, and selling in the zillions. Reality is that there is a huge market for crossovers and SUVs, and tesla would be stupid not to tap that and leave it to somebody else. No doubt that they will introduce a lightweight successor to the roadster some day, but their volumes are always going to be pretty low, more like a premium brand. There will be also plenty of options for the people looking for tiny efficient cars, such as the Smart EV, Think, all the upcoming models from nissan, toyota IQ etc. Right now it is much easier to justify buying a large car such as a model S or a tesla crossover for $60k, if you have the money and are a (potential) customer of BMW, Lwxus, Audi etc, than it is to justify buying a tiny city car for $20-25k when you can get a that for half the price. The way for the prices of batteries to go down is not to make tiny cars that cost as much as a 3 series, and wonder why nobody buys them, but to go after the wealthier buying public and have them be the early adopters that start the ball rolling. IMHO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is good design car .It is very comfortable seat in car.
      http://www.articlespeak.com/south-beach-java-reviews/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice ! Looking forward to seeing the CUV.

      Note for later: when you mention auto shows, please at least mention the month of the year they take place in... You guys almost never do, and some of us, though car buffs, don't really keep track of all the car shows' dates. Having to rely on Car and Driver writers for the information is unnecessary ! :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, the Volt wasn't vaporware - just a piece of engineering whose logic no longer exists, with the advent of cheaper and better batteries, as demonstrated by the Model S, which makes mincemeat
      out of GM's concerns over the "range anxiety" associated with (previous) electric vehicles. The Model S has a driving range equal to the Volt, which uses both batteries and gas tanks.
      Obviously there are plenty of folks here who know nothing about the Model S or the position of Tesla wrt the follow-on vehicles. They will obviously be based on the S platform and drivetrain, meaning mostly sheet metal and interior designs. To claim they shouldn't work on a new car until the Model
      S is on the road might have had some logic. Two or three years ago. To get you slowpokes up to speed, the Model S design is DONE, as in finished - they are building driveable units for testing and crash testing. Those still concerned with the S are production line engineers and such. Certainly von Helmholtz's work is done, as is the case with most of the design engineers and stylists. By the way, those photos of the Model S on this webpage are woefully obsolete. The front looks quite different these days. The BMWs and Mercedes models in its price range can honestly be characterized as not competitive. Using any yardstick : looks, speed, efficiency of space, efficiency of fuel, maintenance and operating costs, performance & handling, etc. etc. This is the first time in one hundred years that an electric is clearly superior to gas powered vehicles in every conceivable way. And it's all because of the gigantic advanatges that one gains by tossing away
      those 2000 or so extra parts required by a gas powered vehicle. The ICE is one major battery breakthru away from total obsolescence. And it will happen FAST. Really fast.
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