What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More
2019 is going to be quite the busy year for the EV manufacturerby Andrei Nedelea, on
Tesla is set to expand its operation further in 2019, building on 2018, a year when the automaker’s main goal was to ramp up production of the Model 3, while at the same time addressing the many quality issues new owners were reporting. Model 3 production is still not at the level Tesla would want (neither in terms of quantity or quality), but in 2019 it looks like there is a lot more on its plate.
Model 3 aside, 2019 is supposed to be the year the new Model Y is unveiled. That’s Tesla’s smaller high rider and it is believed it could be officially revealed March 15 - Elon Musk himself is the one who announced the date, but it remains to be seen if the company will stick to it. But even if it is shown to the public in mid-March, it’s still not going to go into production until the middle of 2020 at the earliest.
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Tesla Model Y
We could also see the new pickup model from Tesla this year, which will be the company’s main point of focus once the Model Y is launched. However, it seems less likely for the automaker to unveil it this year and even if it does, it will be a study/concept and not the final production version of it.
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Tesla Pickup Truck.
The much talked about Tesla Semi probably won’t go into production in 2019 either, although the project is already quite advanced. We could see additional specs be released this year, though, but realistically probably not much else on this. Then again Telsa has always been one to surprise us, so you never really know.
Read our full review on the 2021 Tesla Semi
Tesla Model X and Model S Refresh
This year will also be the year Tesla updates the Model X for the first time and the Model S for the second time. Both models will get restyled exteriors and updated interiors. There’s even word that Tesla may introduce a larger battery pack that could be as big as 125 kWh, although realistically it will be smaller than that. The new larger battery pack could also bring about even more powerful, faster, and more extreme versions of the Model S and Model X. It will also be compatible with Tesla’s new V3 Supercharger the first of which will probably go online towards the middle of the year.
Read our full speculative review on the 2022 Tesla Model S.
Will AutoPilot Go Fully Autonomous?
Elon Musk has previously announced that by the end of 2019 he believes fully autonomous driving will be possible and safe. That seems unlikely, but even if it does become a reality, it will probably only work on the highway at first. What’s clear is that this year is quite a big one for Tesla as it tries to advance all projects, and I don’t remember them ever announcing as full a year as 2019.