Tesla has released the first new images of its nearly production-ready Model S electric sedan, known as the Model S Alpha during these last development stages.
The styling of the Model S Alpha appears largely unchanged, the concept's sleek four-door-coupe proportions carrying over into production. The front end sees a restyled bumper, while the XF-like rear lights get a new lens design.
It will be Tesla's first new model since the groundbreaking Roadster debuted in 2008, with left-hand-drive production expected to begin in 2012.
The first Australian right-hand-drive models are expected to hit local roads sometime around the middle of 2013.
The Model S also represents Tesla's push toward becoming a volume-selling brand, with its initial 12-month and 5000-unit production schedule expected to grow to 20,000 per year.
By comparison, the company has built just 1500 of its Roadster cars since its launch in 2008.
Tesla Roadster Production To Continue Through 2012
Reports of a production slowdown on Tesla's all-electric Roadster supercar have been shot down this week, with confirmation that sales and production will continue through 2012.
"The Roadster was always intended to be a limited production vehicle, created with the goal to attract the world's attention to electric cars, and pave the way for Tesla's new vehicle, the Model S premium sedan," Tesla Motors Australia's Jay McCormack said.
Mr McCormack said that Roadster sales and deliveries will continue in Australia, with right-hand-drive models scheduled for production until at least the end of 2012.