Speculation has been running wild since Elon Musk hyped an “unexpected” upcoming product unveiling set for Monday, October 17. Details are scarce and no one at Tesla wants to confirm what will be part of the event next week.
Since you guys got it exactly right the last time with a strong majority, we thought it would be appropriate to come to you again to crowdsource an educated guess on the upcoming product unveiling.
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Musk didn’t give us a lot to work on here other than the unveiling being “unexpected by most”. The timing could be unexpected, the product itself, or the capabilities of the product, which leaves space for a lot of speculations. So here we go:
Autopilot 2.0/Tesla Vision
New Autopilot hardware and feature announcements are a likely possibility since CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year that he would talk about it more “toward the end of the year”.
The first generation Autopilot and the introduction of the hardware suite happened in October 2014. The release of the first major Autopilot software update happened in October 2015. Wouldn’t it be fitting to also announce Autopilot 2.0 in October?
Yesterday we reported new details of the Tesla Vision, which is part of the next gen Autopilot, and earlier this year we revealed details about new sensors Tesla was working on for the future version of its semi-autonomous driving system.
Model 3 part 2
Elon Musk made it clear that the unveiling event in March was only “part 1” of the Tesla Model 3 reveal and that another unveiling will take place for the final design of the vehicle, including an expected revamped interior, and details about the options available and the different trims.
As for the timeline, he only said “closer to production”, which is vague considering every passing second is technically closer to production. Tesla aims to bring the Model 3 to production by the end of 2017. He also hinted at an event toward the end of 2016, but it has never been clear if that wasn’t simply a reference to self-driving capabilities as talked about it the previous point.
The Tesla Model Y is a compact SUV built on the same platform as the Model 3 and it is expected to closely follow the sedan to production. Therefore, it could be unveiled relatively soon. Musk said that we could see the Tesla Pickup, Tesla Semi or Tesla Minibus in the next 6 to 9 months, but the Model Y is expected to hit the market before those vehicles and therefore, we would expect an unveiling before any of them.
It a possibility and definitely more likely than the next option…
I’m throwing all three vehicles announced in Musk’s ‘Master Plan Part Deux’ together since I think we can all agree that those are less likely, but you can choose this option if you think any of them could be unveiled next week.
Model S and X non-performance 100 kWh battery pack
It might not seem that big of a deal following the P100D announcement, but considering that it will undoubtedly be the electric vehicle with the longest range by a wide margin, Tesla could have decided to make an event out of it?
Finally, let’s end with a wild option that would more accurately fit Musk’s description of the product as “unexpected by most”. Last month, we reported in exclusivity about the automaker’s latest top-secret program called ‘Tesla Glass’.
Almost nothing is known about the program other than it is led by a top material scientist formerly from Apple. We speculated that it could be to create a new HUD system for future vehicles.
Please vote for your best guess on what Tesla will unveil next week. I apologize in advance if you have another possibility that I didn’t include in the options, but we can discuss it in the comment section below.
Note that I left all solar/energy storage related products out of the poll since it looks like it’s pretty clear that those will be reserved for the October 28 Tesla/SolarCity event.