Tesla is set to unveil a new car Thursday, which has many speculating about what this unveiling could entail. The new model, dubbed “D,” is set to be shown at the Paris Auto Show and has industry watchers asking what could be featured in this new model.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has been quoted for some time now as claiming that Tesla will be putting self-driving cars on the road in the near future. Because it is rumored that this new model is a revised version of the Model S, it could be intuitively called the Model SD – “Self Driving”.
While there is little evidence to back up this speculation, the slight chance of this possibility is intriguing and would be a huge milestone not only for Tesla but for the auto industry as a whole. However, more likely, it is simply an all-wheel drive version of the Model S. Because the Model S was designed to be a sports car, the power was only allocated to the rear wheels. This can be a severe setback for those driving in wintery conditions and would make a poor car choice for those who live in areas that get snow. Introducing a Model S with all-wheel drive not only expands the market to those who might be driving in less-than-optimal conditions and want a sporty car, but it is rumored that it even expands the distance the car can travel on one charge.
Other rumors swirling around the new “D” model is that Tesla has created an electric/diesel (hence the D) hybrid.
This would make sense if it was not clearly outlined in the company’s mission statement that its goal is “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible.” It is highly unlikely that Tesla has created an electric/diesel hybrid, as that is clearly at odds with its mission.
No one knows for sure what Tesla will unveil this week; in fact, it could very well be a self-driving all-wheel drive electric/diesel hybrid.
One thing is for certain; Tesla is not known to take baby steps when it comes to revolutionizing the auto industry.