The Tesla Cybertruck’s launch has been delayed.
Three-motor Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid produce 1,020 horsepower.
Minor changes for Model 3 and Model Y.
A day doesn’t go by without the media talking about Tesla, and its market value keeps climbing as the company is expanding across the planet. This despite a small lineup of only four vehicles at the moment.
After dominating and revolutionizing the electric vehicle market for the past decade, Tesla will soon start to feel the heat as major automakers are deploying their EV offensive. Here’s what to expect from the Tesla brand in 2022.
The Tesla Model Y lineup currently consists of dual-motor AWD Long Range (330-mile/531-km range) and Performance (303-mile/488-km range) variants, meaning the rear-wheel-drive Standard Range variant (244-mile/393-km range) edition is no longer available. New paint colors are offered, while passenger-seat lumbar adjustment has been taken out, as has some USB-C ports and wireless phone charging. Blame the microchip shortage for these deletions. Other changes include new processors, li-ion batteries, a new cabin radar as well as updated UI and mobile apps, while a recent over-the-air update reportedly reportedly added tire wear monitoring to all Tesla models.
The Tesla Model 3 sedan received some enhancements for 2021, so changes for 2022 aren’t all that significant. The lineup includes the RWD Standard Range (272-mile/438-km range) as well as the dual-motor AWD Long Range (358-mile/576-km range) and Performance (315-mile/507-km range). In Canada, the Model 3 Standard Range with its electronically limited range of 151 kilometres is no longer available, which means the Model 3 is no longer eligible for the federal government’s iZEV rebate.
The Tesla Model X is available with a choice of five-, six- and seven-seat interior layouts. The standard dual-motor AWD variant boasts a driving range of 348 miles or 560 km, while the new tri-motor, 1,020-horsepower Plaid—which replaces the Performance—can blast from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds and has a range of 333 miles or 536 km. The Model X Plaid is equipped with a yoke-like steering wheel and gets an updated on-board computer.
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. The most recent Model S portfolio consists of the standard dual-motor AWD variant (405-mile/652-km range) and the new tri-motor, 1,020-hp Plaid (396-mile/637-km range). Tesla claims the Model S Plaid can hit 60 mph in 1.99 seconds.
The Tesla Cybertruck is still in development, after being unveiled to the world in November 2019. Production was initially scheduled to begin in late 2021 or early 2022, but that has been pushed back to the end of 2022 at best. The Cybertruck will offer dual-motor AWD and tri-motor AWD powertrains at launch, with a single-motor, RWD variant to arrive afterwards.
As for the second-generation Tesla Roadster, which made its debut back in 2017, its future is unclear. The company announced that its release would be delayed, and the Cybertruck will most likely hit the market beforehand. 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.