Tesla Cybertruck updates: Will have mirrors, rear-wheel turning and price update?

By Nuno Cristovao

The Cybertruck has an iconic design that's smooth and aerodynamic. It's recently been rumored that the Cybertruck's design stemmed from the need for the vehicle to be very aerodynamic, hence the smooth, large windshield and the tonneau in back. Without the Cybertruck's aerodynamic design, the vehicle would need larger batteries, and would likely be more costly. Price

Tesla Cybertruck to comes with mirrors
Cybertruck mock based on the video below. Credit @TeslaTruckClub/Twitter

The Cybertruck was priced at under $40,000. For that price the Cybertruck certainly brings a lot of value. Although Tesla has just removed pricing for its electric truck from its website. You can still place a reservation for $100, but the price of the vehicle is no longer shown. This could mean that Tesla is rethinking the price of the truck. The truck was initially set to begin production late this year, but has now been pushed to next year.

Mirrors

Tesla had planned for the vehicle to not have any mirrors, which certainly distracts from its design. Tesla knew it was facing an uphill regulatory battle. Elon confirmed on Twitter that the Cybertruck will come with mirrors. At least for now.

Tesla Cybertruck spotted with mirrors and other changes
Cybertruck spotted with mirrors and possibly other changes

Elon goes on to elaborate that although the Cybertruck will come with mirrors from the factory, they are designed to be easily removed by owners.

We'll see how this plays out with local laws for any individuals who decide to remove their mirrors. Although, it likely means that Tesla will be offering a software solution for owners who do decide to remove their Cybertruck's mirrors. We had a sneak-peak into the Cybertruck's UI earlier this year.

Tesla will likely utilize the fender cameras to display video on the screen when a turn signal is initiated.

A Tesla fan found a what appears to be Tesla testing the Cybertruck's turning radius in a parking lot. The Cybertruck appears to have side mirrors in addition to other tweaks such as a windshield wiper and possibly a shorter frunk.

Rear Wheel Steering

Elon confirmed this summer that the Cybertruck will include rear wheel steering. For being a larger vehicle, having rear wheel steering will certainly help maneuver in tight situations, such as parking. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Tesla has something special up their sleeves here. In the same tweet where Elon announced that the Cybertruck will have rear wheel steering, he also said that there are lots of other great things coming, presumably to the Cybertruck.

Delay

The Cybertruck was initially set to go into production in late 2021, but that has since been changed to the end of 2022. There could be various reasons why, but it's likely that the global shortage is likely affecting Tesla production as well. Tesla is selling every car they make and the wait for a new car is months into the future. There's no need for Tesla to rush into producing the Cybertruck only to limit their sales of current vehicles even more.

More Changes Coming?

Tesla has a large team of designers and engineers on their hands. They likely won't start designing the next thing yet, as Tesla won't have the means to produce them. Tesla already has a list of vehicles they're waiting to produce, including the Cybertruck, the Roadster 2 and the Semi.

Tesla Cybertruck size compared to a Model Y
Tesla Cybertruck size compared to a Model Y

Tesla designers and engineers may use this additional time to tweak future vehicles such as the Cybertruck. We may see more additions to the Cybertruck, especially given the new competition Tesla will have with the Rivian R1T.

New Model 3 Performance, Racing-Inspired Seats Revealed, a Glimpse of the Front Splitter

By Kevin Armstrong
X/Nic Cruz Patane
X/Nic Cruz Patane

Tesla's reintroduction of the Model 3 Performance continues to inch closer, and just like the refreshed Model 3 and the Cybertruck, every peek gives us some more hints and builds more excitement. A recent observation of a partially covered Tesla Model 3 Performance prototype revealed the new Sport seats designed for improved comfort.

Posted on X by Nic Cruz Patane, the upgraded Model 3 Performance was sighted in Santa Monica, where the vehicle's engineering prototype displayed minimal window tinting, offering a sneak peek at the vehicle's improved seating. The Sport seats, resembling dedicated racing bucket seats, significantly depart from the current Model 3 seating options.

Sport Seats Coming to Other Models?

Tesla's initiative to incorporate Sport seats into the Model 3 Performance hints at broader plans to equip its high-performance models, including the Model S Plaid, Model X Plaid, and Model Y Performance, with similar seating options. This move will elevate the driving experience across Tesla's performance vehicle range.

These seats were also spotted a few weeks ago by enthusiast Fidel Grandez. Initially thought to be designated for the Model S Plaid, these Sport seats have found their rightful place in the Model 3 Performance, aligning with Tesla's vision for a performance-focused yet more affordable electric sedan.

New Wheels and Front Lip

In addition to the seats, the Model 3 Performance is rumored to showcase a suite of enhancements. Another angle gives a little bit of an outline of the new front lower splitter. Other aesthetic and functional upgrades include "Warp" 20-inch wheels, advanced braking systems, and revised suspension components.

Tesla has been testing the Model 3 Performance prototypes for a few months, signaling that initial production could be underway in North America. This step is crucial as Tesla aims to reintroduce the Performance trim to the market, having temporarily removed it from their lineup. The reintroduction is timely, considering the evolving landscape of EV incentives in the United States. While the official launch date remains under wraps, anticipation builds for the Model 3 Performance's debut, expected in the first half of 2024.

Cool Carpool Mom: How Kim Kardashian's Cybertruck Ride Benefits Tesla

By Kevin Armstrong
Instagram/Kim Kardashian
Instagram/Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian showcased her Cybertruck with the caption "cool carpool mom" to her 364 million followers on Instagram. The A-list celebrity and billionaire is well known for her knack for staying at the forefront of trends, making this one image a powerful endorsement for Tesla. The picture of one of the most influential celebrities of our time picking the Cybertruck as her distinctive vehicle speaks volumes about the brand's penetration into popular culture and its appeal to a broad demographic, including those who value style, innovation, and sustainability.

The Power of Celebrity Influence

Kim Kardashian's influence cannot be overstated. Her every move is watched and often emulated by fans around the globe. Her journey from reality TV star to billionaire entrepreneur has been marked by a series of successful ventures in fashion, beauty, and technology investments, making her a model of modern business acumen. Kardashian's ability to turn personal endorsements into significant trends is unparalleled, making her engagement with Tesla's Cybertruck a notable moment for the company.

Kardashian's influence extends far beyond mere product endorsement. Her strategic use of social media to connect with her audience has transformed how brands interact with consumers. She creates a personal connection that can sway consumer behavior by sharing her life, interests, and choices, including her vehicle preferences. Her endorsement of the Cybertruck can significantly enhance Tesla's brand visibility and desirability, particularly among consumers who may not have previously considered an electric vehicle.

Kardashian has recently joined the exclusive circle of celebrities seen driving the Cybertruck, a group that boasts names like Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Jay Leno, and not to forget Elon Musk himself (who, aside from being Tesla's CEO, commands a staggering following of over 370 million on X). Each of these stars wields significant influence, captivating audiences that range from thousands to millions globally.

Sustainability Meets Style

Moreover, Kardashian's endorsement comes at a time when the importance of sustainable living and eco-friendly choices is increasingly recognized. Her choice of an electric vehicle over traditional gasoline-powered cars sends a strong message about the importance of environmental responsibility, aligning with Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. This alignment boosts Tesla's brand and promotes a broader cultural shift towards sustainability.

In the context of celebrity endorsements, Kim Kardashian's showcase of the Tesla Cybertruck is a masterstroke. It merges the worlds of entertainment, technology, and sustainability, highlighting the evolving nature of brand-consumer relationships in the digital age. Tesla's innovative approach to vehicle design and its commitment to sustainability is amplified by Kardashian's endorsement, illustrating the power of celebrity influence in shaping consumer preferences and driving societal trends.

Ultimately, Kardashian driving a Cybertruck and branding herself as a "cool carpool mom" is a significant endorsement for Tesla, enhancing the brand's visibility, appeal, and alignment with sustainable values. In an era where brand success is increasingly tied to social influence and cultural relevance, Tesla's association with Kardashian can only be seen as a positive development, driving the brand further into the mainstream consciousness and reinforcing its position as a leader in the shift towards a more sustainable future.

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