The Tesla Cybertruck Is Slowly Transitioning Into a Normal Pickup
The shape is still the same, but it has started to look more proportionateby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Musk took to Twitter to give us some more updates about the Tesla Cybertruck. He said that the truck will be about three-percent smaller in size, more balanced centerline, and flaunt a lower sill height for the windows. Now, these tweaks aren’t going to change the overall looks of the truck, but they will make the Cybertruck look more proportionate and well-balanced than the prototype. Since the truck is still some time away, expect more such subtle changes to come.
Why Reduce The Length?
A Twitter user asked Musk what’s the biggest change made to the Cybertruck from the prototype unveil. Musk replied with “reduced size by 3%, centerline is more level & lower window sill height.” According to the specs released by Tesla at the time of the launch, the Cybertruck measured 231.7 inches.
A three-percent reduction means the truck is now seven inches shorter, approximately.
For the sake of comparison, the Ford F-150’s length ranges from 209.3 inches to 250.5 inches, depending on the body style and configuration. A 6.5-foot bed F-150, just like the Cybertruck’s, in the SuperCrew cab configuration is 243.7 inches long. The Cybertruck wasn’t longer than the competition, so why bother reducing the length? It needs to be seen where this seven-inch reduction will affect the most. Will Tesla reduce the wheelbase or the truck bed? Highly unlikely, but you never know.
The Levelled Centerline Improves The Side Profile
Musk also said the centerline is more level now. Are we talking about a perfect triangle now? Another Twitter user who goes by the handle @alwinart photoshopped the Cybertruck based on these updates from the EV mogul. Although the difference is subtle, the side profile looks a lot more proportionate now. The third change is the lowered window sill height. In the render, you can’t notice much of a difference, but the real deal might not be so subtle.
There could be a lot of other changes to the production version that would make the Cybertruck a little more conventional and in line with the other trucks on road.
Lot Of Interesting Tidbits Lately
Elon Musk has given out quite a few details about the Cybertruck in the last couple of weeks. It started with an indirect announcement of a Plaid-powered Cybertruck in the future. The Plaid powertrain could produce 800 horses and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. Just like the Plaid-powered Model S and X, the Cybertruck will have one motor on the front axle and two at the rear.
Then we heard about Tesla increasing the travel range of the dynamic air suspension for better off-roading. Previously, the Cybertruck had a suspension travel range of 16 inches. So, the new range will be more than this, but what are we looking at? 18 inches or 20 inches? The news of the adaptive air suspension also brought along another tidbit – the Cybertruck’s participation in the Baja 1000 motorsport race! Can you imagine how it would be customized to take part in the off-road event?
Every concept or prototype gets tamed before being mass-produced, and the Cybertruck is no exception. The aligned-centerline and lowered window sill will make things better for sure, but will the reduced length bode well with the prospective owners? The truck wasn’t long when compared to the competition. Perhaps it had to with a more aligned centerline.
What other changes would you like to see made to the Cybertruck before the final-spec variant is revealed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
|Single-motor RWD||Dual-motor AWD||Tri-motor AWD|
|Horsepower:||>400 HP||690 HP||800 HP|
|Torque:||TBA||824 LB-FT||1,000 LB-FT|
|Range:||250+ miles||300+ miles||500+ miles|
|0-60 mph:||6.5 seconds||4.5 seconds||2.9 seconds|
|Top Speed:||110 mph||120 mph||130 mph|
|Payload Capacity:||3,500 pounds||3,500 pounds||3,500 pounds|
|Towing Capacity:||7,500 pounds||10,000 pounds||14,000 pounds|
|Truck Bed||6.5 feet|
|Approach Angle||35 degrees|
|Departure Angle||28 degrees|
|Ground Clearance||Up to 16 inches|