Tesla’s bold, brash electric ute is getting a redesign.

    Elon Musk confirmed the Cybertruck is getting some “improvements” before it’s revealed, telling investors on an earnings call last month “there’s like a lot of small improvements compared to what was unveiled”.

    “I think it’s going to be better than what we showed,” he said.

    Mr Musk has ruled out talk of a smaller Cybertruck, recently tweeting “Even 3% smaller is too small” for the battery-electric ute.

    The updated Cybertruck design is expected to be revealed before the end of the year. It’s expected to have a more level character line running along its side, and a window sill that sits more flush with the window glass.

    With its huge body and distinctive angles, Mr Musk has previously said the Cybertruck could be followed by a more conventional pickup truck if sales are slow.

    It’s targeted specifically at the USA, where the Ford F-150 is the best-selling car in the country.

    “We sort of made the decision to not make this a world truck. So it doesn’t comply with a lot of specifications, like it doesn’t comply with EU’s specs and stuff… Maybe we can get, I don’t know, some exceptions to EU rules depending on how it’s classified,” he told Automotive News.

    It’s unclear if Musk’s statements affect the Cybertruck’s introduction here. Officially, Australian consumers can already pre-order a Cybertruck, while the Tesla website says the Cybertruck will be available globally.

    Though the Cybertruck boasts avant garde, razor-edged styling, it’s been designed for heavy-duty work and boasts features like bulletproof stainless steel bodywork, an air compressor, and an on-board generator.

    From its wrapped stainless steel skin, tempered glass, claimed 800km maximum range, optional triple-motor layout, claimed supercar-like 0-60mph sprint time of 2.9 seconds, driver-assist functions, air suspension, and mooted 6.5 tonne tow rating, everything promised is headline-grabbing.

    When it enters production next year, it’ll face a segment that will have appeared almost overnight. Rivals include the Nikola BadgerRivian R1TLordstown EnduranceGMC Hummer EV and an electric version of the Ford F-150, all of which are expected to launch over the next couple of years.

    At least 200,000 customers have already put down refundable $100 deposits for the Cybertruck since last November, according to Musk.

    In addition to a potential smaller ute, Musk said Tesla is also weighing developing either a van or minivan for its next model line.

    As expected from Musk by now, he has lofty goals – he eventually wants Tesla to produce 20 million new vehicles a year. Volkswagen, currently the world’s largest automaker, built 10.8 million vehicles last year.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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