Future Tesla product: 2023 kicks off the next big cycle

Tesla priced the standard all-wheel-drive Model Y at $61,440 with shipping and first sold them to employees before offering small numbers to the general public in some areas. Tesla said the new model has a range of 279 miles. The cheapest Model Y available to order nationwide is the long-range version, which starts at $67,440 and has an estimated range of 330 miles. Tesla is likely to expand the availability of the awd version of the standard range as the 4680 supply increases this year or next. A Y Plaid model could also be added next year at the top of the trim lineup.

AutoForecast Solutions expects a Model Y redesign in 2027.

Models: Tesla’s first volume vehicle – launched in 2012 – received a significant refresh in 2021. On the outside, it’s slightly longer and wider with a more aggressive look. Interior changes are more significant, with a yoke-style steering wheel replacing the round steering wheel of earlier models. Likewise, the steering column stalks have been replaced with capacitive buttons on the tread for the turn signals, windscreen wipers and high beams. The sedan’s iconic vertically oriented touchscreen is now a horizontal unit that can tilt left or right. Musk said the refreshed S has a new battery, new drive units, new internal electronics and computer chips to run demanding video games.

Still in its first generation, the refreshed S also features a new driver information display, a new rear-seat display and a high-performance Plaid pattern. Tesla calls the Plaid, starting at $137,440 with shipping, the fastest-accelerating production car with a 0-60 mph time of under two seconds. Some supercars claim similar numbers. Considering the significant changes to the S, which some Tesla fans believe should be considered a redesign, the sedan’s next update will likely arrive at the end of the decade.

Model 3: The compact sedan that launched five years ago – marking Tesla’s push into higher volume segments – remains a strong seller despite the arrival of the Model Y crossover in 2020 on the same platform. Part of the Model 3’s popularity comes from its entry-level price of $48,440 with shipping, compared to $67,440 for the Model Y, which has a bigger battery and more features.

Part of the savings comes from the base Model 3’s lithium-iron battery from China. The new package was offered after a Model 3 refresh for the 2021 model that included blacked-out exterior trim, longer range, new interior materials, a power trunk and a heat pump for greater efficiency.

For 2022, the Model 3 is virtually unchanged except for a series of price increases that make it around $8,000 more expensive than at the start of 2021.

AutoPacific is planning a second Model 3 refresh for 2025. A next-generation Model 3 — complete with a complete exterior and interior redesign — might not arrive until the end of the decade. In 2023, the Model 3 could get a performance Plaid Edition.

AutoForecast Solutions says there could be a Model 3 redesign as early as 2024. It’s the oldest Tesla vehicle without a major update, and the styling is becoming stale in markets like California where the Model 3 is ubiquitous.

Roadster: Tesla’s first vehicle in 2008 was the limited-production Roadster, and fans of the brand have been waiting for its revival for years. Musk teased a new Roadster when unveiling the Semi truck in December 2017. Originally slated for 2020, Roadster reservations can still be made with a $50,000 refundable deposit. Pricing initially started at $200,000. Musk promised the four-seater with a removable roof would set world records for a production car such as acceleration, top speed and EV range.

Although no official date has been set by Tesla, which calls the Roadster a supercar on its website, Musk said this year he would follow the Cybertruck into production, suggesting 2023.

Robotaxi: Tesla plans to reach volume production of a new robotaxi vehicle without a steering wheel or pedals by 2024, Musk said on an earnings call this year. The goal of the model, which would use Tesla’s still incomplete Full Self-Driving software, is to achieve the lowest cost per mile for a taxi-like vehicle. But Musk didn’t provide further details, saying he didn’t want to spoil the product announcement event next year.

Musk first mentioned plans for the vehicle at the April event celebrating the opening of the Austin plant. “There’s going to be a dedicated robotaxi that’s going to look quite futuristic,” he said. The robotaxi, however, would likely depend on Tesla solving fully autonomous driving – a task that seems years away.

Optimus: Tesla teased a humanoid robot last year, and Musk promoted it as a game changer for the automaker, which could use it in Tesla’s factory. Musk said the company may have a working prototype to show off Sept. 30 as part of Tesla AI Day, dedicated to artificial intelligence.

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