Tesla has unveiled its first passenger pickup truck, the Cybertruck.
The Cybertruck starts at $39,900 for the single-motor rear-wheel-drive version and goes up to $69,900 for the tri-motor all-wheel-drive version; self-driving features are a $7,000 add-on. Production is expected to begin in late 2021.
But is it worth waiting for? 250,000 people think so, and I am debating becoming one of them and here are my reasons why.
The Cybertruck will come in three configurations: a single-motor rear-wheel-drive version, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version, and a tri-motor all-wheel-drive version.
The single-motor version has a range of 250 miles, the dual-motor one can achieve 300 miles, and the most expensive tri-motor version can go 500 miles, Tesla said.
According to Tesla, the tri-motor variant will be able to hit 60 mph in about 2.9 seconds as well as tow more than 14,000 pounds.
The truck also has onboard power for plugging in tools and other appliances as well as “adaptive air suspension” that raises and lowers the Cybertruck’s suspension by four inches for easier access. There is also a “self-leveling” feature, Tesla said.
The automaker says the truck has an almost impenetrable body made from “ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel” and “armor glass.” The truck’s stainless-steel shell mitigates dents, damage, and corrosion, according to the automaker. Meanwhile, the “ultra-strong glass” is designed to cushion and avert impact force…ahem.