Tesla planning three new cars, one amphibious based on Lotus Espirit
Tesla Motors Inc. is in the works of bringing out three new cars to expand their lineup. One will be Tesla Model X SUV positioned alongside the S luxury saloon, and second will be a BMW 3 series competitor. Third one is exciting, a transformable amphibious car.
Model X SUV is a four door full-size Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) based on Tesla Model S platform. Prototype of Model X was unveiled in February 2012, at Tesla’s design studio in Los Angeles. Expected to launch in international markets next year, new Tesla SUV could come with gullwing doors.
Tesla Model X SUV will come with two lithium-ion battery packs similar to ones in Model S (60, 85 kW.h). The performance model is expected to sprint from 0 to 97 kmph in 4.4 seconds, to leave behind many sports cars and high end SUVs as well.
New Tesla compact sedan is said to be 20 percent smaller than current Model S, starting price of which is expected to be around £30,000 (Rs. 29,89,585 approx.). Most of the work on this saloon like dynamic tuning will be carried out at Tesla’s forthcoming Research and Development Centre at United Kingdom. Designing and modelling of the same will start by end of this year. International launch could take place in 2017.
Tesla’s third project became clear when Elon Musk purchased the Lotus Esprit submarine model at an auction for £650,000 (Rs. 6,47,74,354 approx.) in September 2013. Named “Wet Nellie”, The Perry Oceanographic-built submarine featured in the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. Musk is planning to develop a transformation amphibious vehicle based on the featured one, using Model S electrics.
Though Elon Musk plans for it to be a low priority project, he is keen on making it fully functional and produce in single digit numbers. The Tesla amphibious car will look like Espirit Lotus, but will be 10 percent bigger.
Via – Autocar UK