Elon Musk Opens The Door To A Smaller Cybertruck

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It may not come soon, but it'd hopefully come in cheaper.

There's a lot to be said for Tesla's new Cybertruck. One thing it's not, however, is small. But Elon Musk says a smaller version could follow, though it could take a while before it does.

Responding to a commenter on Twitter (Musk's famously favorite social-media platform), the Tesla chief said that "Long term, it probably makes sense to build a smaller Cybertruck too." The next day, however, he clarified that the "Cybertruck is our last product unveil for a while," adding that "there will be some (mostly) unexpected technology announcements next year."

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For those of us still wrapping our heads around all the specs pertaining to Tesla's new electric pickup, the Cybertruck is pretty damn big. Measuring 230.9 inches from nose to tail and riding on a 149.9-inch wheelbase, it's about the same size as your typical full-size light-duty pickup (like a Ram 1500, Ford F-150, or Chevy Silverado 1500) with a quad cab and short bed (or a crew cab and a long bed). Not as big as a heavy-duty truck, mind you, but a lot bigger than a mid-size truck like the Ford Ranger or Chevy Colorado.

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That leaves plenty of room underneath for Tesla to slot in a smaller pickup, and Musk's comments coupled with the company's typical modus operandi leave that door open. Both the Model S and Model X have been joined by the smaller Model 3 and Model Y, so it would only make sense for the electric-vehicle manufacturer to follow the same pattern with the Cybertruck... especially when you consider that upcoming challengers like the Bollinger B1 and Rivian R1T are going with a similarly full-size form factor. And we'd hope that the smaller pickup would carry a lower price of admission, too: as it is, the Cybertruck starts at $39,900 for the single-motor/rear-drive model, $49,900 for the dual-motor/all-wheel-drive version, and $69,900 for the tri-motor flagship.

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