Elon Musk Teases Tesla Fans With “The D”


Tesla Motors is planning to give us the D.

As reported over on Engadget, a mysterious tweet by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told the world to expect the D and something else on October 9, though there was no mention of what the D, or that something else, is. In Thursday’s teasing tweet, Musk did attach a clue: A photo of the front of a Tesla automobile poking out under a garage with the letter D painted on it.

The next vehicle in the Tesla line, following the Model S sedan, is the Model X, a sport utility vehicle that will be available in 2015. The next generation Tesla Motors model was supposed to be named Model E—but Ford Motor Company blocked the potential S-E-X Tesla family with a trademark lawsuit against the Model E, leaving us, presumably, with the D.

It’s unclear what the D will look like, or how expensive the D will be. According to ReadWrite, the D could be a more affordable Tesla sedan, or a “four-wheel drive, long-wheelbase version of the Model S for Chinese markets.”

There will also be “something else” in store, he says. Just what either of those entail is still a mystery, although Musk has previously hinted that the third generation of Teslas would involve both the long-expected “budget” sedan and an SUV smaller than the Model X. There’s a real possibility that you’ll hear about one or both of those EVs in a week’s time.

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