Tesla To Debut Model E at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

TTAC Staff
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tesla to debut model e at 2015 detroit auto show

For admirers of Tesla’s latest and greatest who would love to own a piece of the action if only the price of admission were low enough, the word on the street is such a vehicle will debut in January 2015 during the Detroit Auto Show.

The Model E, as rumored to be named, will have a price tag of $25,000 to $35,000, and will be a mid-sized sedan. Those worried it might simply be a smaller S have Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen’s assurance that it won’t go the “Audi unit face” route. Holzhausen also said there is a truck in the works, though it won’t be riding on the third-generation Tesla platform, as well as a second coming of the car that started it all, the Tesla Roadster.

As for the Model X, the SUEV is nearing the finish line to production, with units set to be delivered to showrooms by late 2014 at the earliest. The price tag for the X should be around if not above that of the S.

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  • Akatsuki Akatsuki on Dec 16, 2013

    I was hoping they would just adopt the iPhone model. Drop the price on the current model (with a bit of cost-engineering) to make the lower tier model and then introduce a new higher end model. Better than the constant churn of models all the time.

  • Hubcap Hubcap on Dec 16, 2013

    Acura should poach Tesla's designers.

  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Dec 16, 2013

    Assuming a "Tesla" type range of 200 miles or more, the cost of the battery alone will be more than $25K, so expect a retail price of at least $50K plus options. Given that the S model does not make a profit, it is highly unlikely the cheaper one will be profitable since it saves relatively little money to make a slightly smaller car. Hence I would not be at all surprised if that actual retail price is only 10% less than the S model.

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 16, 2013

      Using your logic, Hyundai would lose money on every Sonata because it's just a little less car than an Equus. Having the Model E priced like a compact car is Tesla's stated goal. Missing that target, the stock price tumbles and the company risks failure. The E's battery won't cost $25k because the E won't weigh 4600 lbs like an S, so it will have less battery to move less car. And it won't be blinged-up like an S, so that will lower costs, too. As for range, I'll bet they make it 200 and not 201, just to minimize the pack size. But I'm sure it will be possible to push its price up with options, but hey, these days, you can buy a $44k Camry.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Dec 19, 2013

    The panel gaps of the Tesla look great in publicity photos, but when you see them on the street in light enough colors, or in ebay ads, they are ghastly.

    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Dec 19, 2013

      I still want one. I've often though my next personal car purchase would be an EV. I need at least a 300 mile range though. That would have to be 300 miles on the freeway at 75-80 mph range. I'm not wasting $50K on an EV as a third car. I'll buy whatever Ford puts out for the next special edition Mustang instead.