Are the gorgeous Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Red shades coming to America?
Tesla's Franz von Holzhausen has hinted at more exciting paint colors coming to the automaker's US lineup. The company's chief designer told Tesla podcast Ride The Lightning that he hopes new shades will hit the American market.
This would give buyers more choices. Currently, American-spec Teslas are only available in five hues: Pearl White Multi-Coat, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Solid Black, and Red Multi-Coat. When asked whether the US will gain new paint options, von Holzhausen simply replied, "yeah, I hope so ... [you'll have] to wait and see."
Recently, the automaker introduced two new colors for the German-built Model Y. Both Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Red are beautifully rich but, unfortunately, are only available for the European and Middle Eastern markets at this time.
Elon Musk has previously described the paint shop at Gigafactory Berlin as the "world's most advanced." Hopefully, the technology implemented at Tesla's German factory will make its way to other facilities. Whether this will happen remains to be seen, with the chief designer remaining mum on the matter.
He may be head of design at Tesla, but von Holzhausen notes that it's Musk that has the last word on color choices. "We develop all the colors here, with a team, and we evolve them and do all the testing. Ultimately, Elon has the final say. I guess maybe I'm second in that chain," he said.
We certainly hope both the new shades make it to the United States. Tesla's design guru says they're even better in person and "tough to capture how amazing" they are until seen in the metal.
He also alluded to the possibility of bespoke colors for the upcoming Roadster sports car. "I think there's an opportunity for the Roadster to be unique, but we haven't determined that 100% yet." We're guessing the Tesla halo car will definitely debut with unique color schemes, as it's aimed at the customer who wants to stand out from the crowd and are willing to pay a strong premium for that privilege.
In other news, Tesla has reportedly reintroduced the Standard Range Model Y to its lineup, giving buyers even more choices. More important is that the automaker has slashed prices across the range. Staying with the Model Y, the entry-level crossover now retails from $52,990, which is a massive saving compared to the previous $65,990 starting price.