Tonight’s Tesla Model Y unveiling could come with another Elon Musk surprise

Tesla’s Model Y unveiling is upon us, and expectations among the fan community are high that the company could pull off another “one more thing” twist. Tesla has done something similar in the past, taking the wraps off the next-generation Roadster after the Tesla Semi’s unveiling. This time around, will the company have another surprise in store?

We conducted a poll on Twitter to gauge the pulse of the Tesla community with regards to a potential surprise at the end of the Model Y event. It appears that sentiments are pointing towards a possible Model S and Model X update or a Tesla Pickup truck reveal. We have to admit, these two options have pretty solid arguments behind them.

Tesla Pickup Truck

Elon Musk has mentioned the Tesla pickup truck during the Tesla Semi’s unveiling, and during that time, it seemed like the vehicle would still be a few years away. With the electric pickup market getting hotter by the week thanks to upcoming vehicles like the Rivian R1T and an upcoming all-electric Ford F-150, it will be wise for Tesla to expedite the release of its own truck. Such a vehicle will likely make big waves in the United States, thanks to the popularity of trucks in the country.

Elon Musk has stated that the pickup will be futuristic and not look out of place in the set of sci-fi movies like Blade Runner. Musk has also hinted at some of the truck’s features, such as 400-500 miles of range per charge, dual motor AWD, a 240-volt connection for heavy-duty tools, and up to 300,000 pounds (yes, that’s 300 thousand) of towing capacity, to name a few.

Model S and Model X update

The Model S and Model X are among the best electric cars available in the market today, though both vehicles are getting a bit long in the tooth. The Model S still uses the same design theme that Tesla debuted in June 2012. That’s more than six years ago.

Speculations among the Tesla community point to a possible updated interior that follows the theme of the Model 3, as well as slight design cues that update the look of the flagship sedan and SUV. This is, of course, speculation, but a potential range boost to around 400 miles per charge will also make the vehicles more attractive to buyers. These improvements could better establish the Model S and Model X as electric cars that are a cut above the Model 3 and Model Y.

Next-Gen Roadster SpaceX Package

Okay, this could be a long shot, but it would be really cool if Tesla unveils this vehicle. The next-gen Roadster was the “one more thing” of the Tesla Semi’s unveiling, so it will be pretty interesting to see Tesla use another Roadster as an extra surprise for the Model Y event. While somewhat unlikely considering the vehicle’s release date, it is difficult to argue that a next-gen Roadster that uses actual rocket technology will most definitely turn the Tesla community on its head.

The next-generation Tesla Roadster at Car Classic 2018. [Credit: t35l_4/Instagram]

No surprises?

There is also the possibility (though we definitely hope not) that Tesla will not have a “one more thing” at all. Tesla has done something like this in the past as well, with the Model 3 unveiling, which had no surprises at the end. Since the Model 3 and the Model Y are closely related, perhaps their unveilings will also be similar? Tomorrow’s event will hold the answer.

The Model Y unveiling is scheduled for this evening at Tesla’s LA Design Center and will be live-streamed begining at 8 p.m. PST.

Here are the running results of our poll so far. What do you think?

"Simon Alvarez : @https://twitter.com/ResidentSponge Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.."
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