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Tesla Model S - Click above for high-res image gallery
Up to this point, the only actual vehicle Tesla Motors
has offered for sale is the all-electric Roadster
. But the Silicon Valley-based automaker has drummed up a ton of interest and money by showing off its next planned product, the Model S
sedan. It looks as if that trend will continue, as a report from the fine folks at Car and Driver
suggests a new crossover will be shown off for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show
. This makes some sense, since Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that we'll get to see the Model X before the end of the year
Assuming this report is accurate, it's worth noting that the CUV's appearance in Frankfurt will mark the first time Tesla has used a major auto show to introduce a new model - both the original Roadster and the Model S sedan were both unveiled in smaller, private events.
The CUV will be based on the same underpinnings as the Model S sedan, which was designed from the start to allow for future model expansion. C&D speculates the crossover will sport all-wheel drive, though it's not known exactly how such an arrangement will work. It's possible that Tesla will craft a second powertrain unit that will power the front wheels independently of the rears. We'd expect a similar lithium ion battery pack to be used in the CUV as is planned for the sedan.
Following the unveil of the crossover, development of both a coupe and a larger, likely three-row sport utility vehicle will move forward in full force. There's also been talk
of a carbiolet and possibly a minivan or MPV. Of course, all of this assumes that the startup automaker, which has partnered up with both Daimler
, doesn't run out of money before any of these future vehicles come to market. Here's hoping.
Gallery: Tesla Model S in motion
[Source: Car and Driver
]Report: Tesla Model S-based crossover coming to Frankfurt?
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