Tesla boss Elon Musk has confirmed the all-new Model Y compact SUV is on the way but still a few years removed from launch.
So we will have Tesla Models S, 3, X, Y (the model 3 so-named because Ford has trademarked E) – we’ll leave you to work-out the alphabetical connection.
On Twitter, Mr Musk revealed that after Model Y, the company “should be inconsistent in our naming conventions”.
As for styling, Britain’s Auto Express is expecting the all-new compact SUV will follow the lead of the larger Model X (pictured, top of page) but will likely not run the ‘falcon-wing’ folding doors.
Mr Musk also confirmed the Model Y will sit on the Model 3 chassis while the larger Model X platform expands its use to underpin the upcoming Tesla electric pick-up truck and minibus.
Speculation points to an eight-seater initially which may arrive by the end of 2018.
Locally, Tesla has confirmed new retail outlets for Brisbane and Adelaide.
As reported by TMR last month, Tesla is now in New Zealand and the company has plans for a Supercharging network in Hamilton to be followed by others in Turangi and Sanson by the end of next year. Auckland and the South Island are also planned.
As for Australia, the Tesla Supercharger network is also expanding north toward Brisbane and west toward Adelaide in preparation for the new stores. The network is supported by myriad Destination Chargers, and more than 100 of these are planned for the Land Of The Long White Cloud.
Superchargers require some co-operation from local councils while the Tesla Destination Chargers can be installed independently.
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