the musk of delay

We’ll Have to Wait Even Longer to See Tesla’s ‘Heart-Stopping’ Pickup Truck

September 9, 2019 Cars By
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California-based electric car maker Tesla is known for many good things: its vehicles’ ground-breaking range and mind-bending acceleration, its heretofore-unknown levels of connectivity and software optimization, and, of course, CEO Elon Musk‘s unbridled ambition. Unfortunately, the latter can also occasionally lead Musk to overpromise a tad when it comes to future product.

The latest case in point: The Tesla Pickup Truck, which has taken on something of the characteristics of a mythological creature at this point. Word of the truck first surfaced back in 2017, when the company showed a mysterious pickup sitting in the bed of a Tesla Semi during a presentation for the latter vehicle. (That’s the picture you see above; if you think it looks an awful lot like a Ford F-Series pickup, well, so do we.)

Musk went on to reveal more about the truck in a 2018 interview with Recode. “It’s the thing that I am personally most fired up about. It’s gonna have a lot of titanium,” he said, adding that “it’s gonna be like a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner pickup truck. It’s gonna be awesome, it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heart-stopping. It stops my heart.”

Tesla has said the pickup will be the next vehicle to be revealed after the Model Y crossover, yet that Model 3-based SUV was released more than six months ago, and there’s been no sign of the truck since. Musk has previously suggested the pickup in September or October, writing on Twitter back in July that the debut was “maybe 2 to 3 months” away. On Saturday, however, the CEO said on Twitter pegged the reveal for “November most likely.

So will this cyberpunk Rivian R1T competitor really land in November? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Will Sabel Courtney

Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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