Tesla has offered up our first glimpse at another future product. Today at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting CEO Elon Musk displayed the above teaser shot of what he says is the company’s upcoming Model Y SUV. Musk even provided a tentative timetable for when the Model Y will hit the road.
Apparently already bored with the yet-to-launch Model 3 sedan, Musk flashed the Model Y preview today and said he anticipates it will hit the road sometime in 2019, confirming earlier rumors about the upcoming electric SUV.
“I’m really excited about Model Y,” Musk said to shareholders, according to Inverse. “We’re aiming for that to hit the roads in 2019 approximately.”
Musk went on to reiterate earlier comments that the Model Y will reside on an all-new Tesla platform. He told shareholders that he felt it was a “mistake” to base the Model X on the Model S platform because the company ultimately ended up shoehorning an SUV into a sedan platform. With that thought in mind, the CEO vowed not to repeat said mistake.
The Model Y is expected to be the SUV equivalent to the Model 3 sedan, meaning it will be a mass-market vehicle versus more of a luxury item like the Model X. Tesla clearly has big hopes for the Model Y as the company is anticipating building an additional factory for Model Y production.
In typical Musk fashion, the CEO asserted he wants the new Model Y factory to be the “fastest” production plant in the world. As usual, details of such a bold initiative have yet to be disclosed.
Also in Musk fashion, he ended his presentation by telling shareholders there was more to say, but that it would happen at a later date. He hinted that perhaps the company will share more news at the planned unveiling of its semi-truck in September.