Safety concerns have prompted Tesla to rethink the Cybertruck's design.
Elon Musk wanted the Tesla Cybertruck to have a futuristic design that looks like something out of a Blade Runner movie, and it's safe to say he succeeded. Tesla's first electric pickup truck was unveiled last year with a very unusual wedge-shaped design that was universally mocked.
Overnight, the Tesla Cybertruck's peculiar design became an internet meme, drawing comparisons with blocky vehicle models in 1990s video games. The sharp, angular design also raised concerns about pedestrian safety. In response to this feedback, Tesla has announced the Cybertruck is being completely redesigned.
An early render gives us a preview of the redesigned Cybertruck, and the most obvious difference is the rounded edges that make it look more like a conventional pickup truck, resulting in a design that looks similar to the Rivian R1T that should satisfy safety groups. There's also now a traditional truck bed, meaning the Cybertruck will no longer have a distinctive triangular-shaped profile, as well as a lower payload.
Elsewhere, the pop-out door handles have been replaced with conventional ones, and a roof rack has been added for extra practicality. The front is still recognizable, however, as the Cybertruck's slim full-width light bar has been retained, but we suspect it will also need to be removed to pass safety regulations.
While the design of the Cybertruck is changing, the powertrain options are not. Starting at $39,900, the Single Motor RWD model will hit 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds and will have a driving range of over 250 miles, while the Dual Motor AWD model will cover more than 300 miles on a single charge and sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Topping the range will be the $69,000 Tri-Motor AWD, which will accelerate from 0-62 mph 2.9 seconds and have a driving range of over 500 miles. Production of the Tesla Cybertruck was supposed to start in late 2021, but the last-minute redesign means Tesla's first electric pickup truck will be delayed until April 1, 2023. This will allow Rivian to get a major head start, as the R1T is slated to arrive later this year.