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Watching the video of last week’s Tesla Motors shareholder meeting was like eating a box of chocolates, to paraphrase a certain Mr. Gump. Besides finding chewy sales projections and crunchy Supercharger network tidbits, we also found something equally delicious, but with a more subtle texture.
During a brief discussion of its third generation of electric vehicles, one slide (pictured above) seems to reveal that the company plans on using that future platform for a crossover as well as a sedan. The different body types went unmentioned by CEO Elon Musk, but there it was on wall behind him for all the world to see.
Musk did say, however, that the company expects Gen III production to be an order of magnitude greater than that of the Model S sedan and its platform-sharing sister, the Model X SUV. As well as being smaller, we expect the upcoming cars to be about 40 percent less expensive, which should greatly help drive sales.
What we didn’t hear any news about during the presentation was the next generation of Tesla sports car. Previously rumored to be coming in 2014, it is still likely in the planning stages, though the focus is clearly now on high-volume vehicles. Hit us up in the comments below and tell us if there’s a vehicle type you’d like to see Tesla make.
Tesla is looking to expand its product lineup, and besides a BMW 3 Series competitor with a Nissan Leaf price tag, the brand is also planning on bringing a compact crossover to market, both of which will ride on the same platform.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that both of these new vehicles will arrive ”in the next three to four years.” Both models will be significantly cheaper than Tesla’s current offering, the Model S, which carries a price tag of about $70,000.
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Both are known internally as “gen 3″ because this is the brand’s third generation platform. Musk says that the small sedan will be targetted at the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, though it will carry a price tag around $30,000.
As for the compact crossover, it is likely to take its styling cues from the Model X, and may even incorporate the same gull-wing door design. It will look to take on the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
[Source: Automotive News]
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