The Tesla Model Y is now on sale, while the Model 3 is by far the brand’s best-selling vehicle.
Three-motor Model S Plaid with more than 1,100 horsepower on the way for late 2021.
Production version of the Tesla Cybertruck will likely appear in 2021.
Business is good at Tesla these days, and its stock market value keeps climbing to impressive levels. This despite a small, but growing model lineup as well as the promise of more new models to come.
It was recently announced that Tesla delivered 499,550 units worldwide during the 2020 calendar year, just shy of its half-million sales target, an increase of more than a third over 2019. Pretty good in these troubled times when almost all manufacturers saw their sales volume shrink significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new assembly plant recently opened its doors in Shanghai, China and another one is being built in Berlin, Germany, which will further expand the EV company’s global presence. Here’s what to expect from the Tesla brand in 2021.
The Tesla Model Y is the company’s latest, and sales took off immediately following its launch in March 2020. The lineup consists of a new rear-wheel-drive Standard Range variant (244-mile/393-km range), along with AWD dual-motor Long Range (326-mile/525-km range) and Performance (303-mile/488-km range) editions. A seven-seat interior configuration is now available as an option, while a glovebox-mounted USB 3.0 port has been added.
Not to be outdone, the Tesla Model 3 sedan received some recent enhancements, including an over-the-air update that increased the car’s driving range. Other changes consist of wireless phone charging, USB-C ports, a power trunklid, new alloy wheels and black exterior trim. The lineup includes the RWD Standard Range Plus (263-mile/423-km range) as well as the dual-motor AWD Long Range (353-mile/568-km range) and Performance (315-mile/507-km range). In Canada, the Model 3 Standard Range with its electronically limited range of 151 kilometres remains available, if only to fly under the federal government’s EV rebate price cap.
The Tesla Model X doesn’t get significant changes for the 2021 model year, but driving range has recently been improved, as so has performance in the range-topping variant. Available in dual-motor AWD configuration only, but with a choice of five-, six- and seven-seat interior layouts, the Long Range Plus boasts a driving range of 371 miles or 597 km, while the Performance, which can blast from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds with the Ludicrous Mode activated, has a range of 341 miles or 549 km.
Introduced for the 2012 model year, the ground-breaking Tesla Model S is getting up there in age, but the company isn’t neglecting the big hatchback sedan whatsoever. Thanks to recent modifications, the car’s range has been increased, and it’s the first mass-produced EV to top 600 miles of driving range. The most recent Model S portfolio consists of the dual-motor AWD Long Range Plus (402-mile/647-km range) and the Performance (387-mile/623-km range). However, in late 2021, the tri-motor AWD Model S Plaid (520+ miles/840+ kilometres of range) will hit the market, which boasts more than 1,100 horsepower and can rip from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds, as per the manufacturer.
A prototype of the Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled to the world in November 2019, and the much-anticipated pickup should be revealed in production form sometime during the 2021 calendar year, with production to begin in late 2021 or early 2022. The 2022 Cybertruck will offer dual-motor AWD and tri-motor AWD powertrains, while the 2023MY will add single-motor, RWD variants to the market as well.
As for the second-generation Tesla Roadster, which made its debut back in 2017, is still in the development stage at this point. The company announced that its release would be delayed, and wouldn’t go on sale before the Tesla Model S Plaid was released, which means late 2021 at the earliest. The 2+2 Roadster is said to pack three motors and AWD, 7,376 pound-feet of wheel torque, a 0-to-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, a 200-kWh battery pack (that’s twice as big as the largest batteries in the Model S/Model X) and a driving range of 620 miles or 1,000 kilometres. The Roadster will cost $200,000 USD, while the limited-run Founders Series will cost $250,000 USD.
Last but not least, back in September 2020, Tesla hinted at expansion plans that include a minivan and a small car positioned below the Model 3 that would cost about $25,000 USD. Both likely won’t arrive before the Cybertruck.