Tesla Shows a Bit, Tells a Bit About its New Model S

By KBB.com Editors on February 12, 2009 8:19 AM

Tesla has taken the wraps off of its upcoming Model S Sedan, kind of. This semi-revealing image does indicate that the first "pure Tesla" design has a shorter front overhang than the Roadster and what appears to be a fairly flowing roofline. A previously leaked detail shot of its rear corner indicated that rear end treatment will have a more vertical orientation that features a taller deck height which should help increase trunk capacity. Beyond that, we'll have to wait until March 26, when the firm says a "street-drivable prototype" of this zero-emission five-place sedan will be shown at the corporate design studio in San Carlos, California -- located inside the SpaceX rocket factory owned by Tesla's CEO Elon Musk.

Although Tesla is still awaiting the first payment of a $350-million loan recently approved by the U.S. Department of Energy to set up a factory that will build the Model S, production remains slated to begin sometime in 2011. When it finally does hit the street, the car is expected to cost around $60,000 and have a range of about 225 miles on a single charge of its Lithium-ion battery pack. Tesla also noted that current Roadster owners would be eligible for a $10,000 credit against the purchase of a new Model S.