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Elon Musk accidentally spills the beans on an unannounced Tesla car

Updated 4 years ago
Published Oct 7th, 2015 3:15PM EDT
Tesla Model Y

Tesla’s long-term strategy for electric car domination may be grander than we previously realized. While Tesla’s plan to roll out a mass produced and affordable electric car — dubbed the Model 3 — is already widely known, Elon Musk a few days back may have inadvertently spilled the beans on another car Tesla is planning to develop — the Model Y.

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Responding to a question about whether or not the highly anticipated Model 3 might include a crossover vehicle with the same type of Falcon Wing doors that come on the Model X, Musk responded: “there will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will.”

Though the tweets were ultimately deleted, a few folks managed to take screenshots of the digital evidence beforehand.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings of a Model 3 crossover being discussed. About one year ago, Tesla VP of Engineering Chris Porritt said that the Model 3 will represent a vehicle platform that may include a number of offshoots.

Tesla has revealed that its new BMW 3 Series rival, the Tesla Model 3, will spawn a number of derivatives that could include an SUV and an estate in order to attract a broader spread of customers.

What’s more, the following slide, taken from a presentation delivered by Tesla CTO JB Straubel, also points to the Model 3 spawning a crossover vehicle.

And now, seemingly, the crossover vehicle has been confirmed by none other than Musk himself. As for what we might expect to see in a Model Y, it stands to reason that it will come in the form of a smaller version of the recently released Model X.

If the Model Y comes to fruition, Musk will have achieved his goal of creating a ‘sexy’ lineup of cars, what with the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and the Model Y. Note that the Model 3 logo will be depicted via three horizontal bars (≡), resulting in Models S≡XY. Famously, Musk wanted to call the Model 3 the Model e but was unable to due to Ford owning the trademark.

Incidentally, Musk last month stated that Tesla will show off its Model 3 design in March of 2016, with production slated to kick off sometime in 2017. Price wise, the base price on the Model 3 will check in at $35,000.

production on the Model 3 will begin in 2017

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.