Production Model 3 or Autopilot 2.0?
Update: Elon Musk has said on Twitter that the product reveal has been delayed until Wednesday, October 19.
Moving the Tesla announcement to Wednesday. Needs a few more days of refinement.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 16, 2016
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced through his Twitter channel that the Californian automaker will reveal a new product on October 17. The unveiling will be followed by Tesla/SolarCity announcement on October 28.
The short tweet is rather scarce on details, but a report from Electrek suggests there are two main options. Chances are Tesla will introduce its Autopilot 2.0 hardware and software, which is expected to bring three advanced forward-facing cameras, and to be available as a retrofit upgrade for existing vehicles. Spy photos from June this year revealed Tesla is already testing a mule with these new cameras.
Recently, the current Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system was updated to version 8.0, which makes much greater use of the front-mounted radar sensors. The improvement was made available through an over-the-air update in the end of September.
Back to the announced product unveiling for next week, Musk says it’s an unexpected reveal and Electrek speculates Tesla could make some Model 3 announcements. The most affordable Tesla was rumored to receive and European debut during the Paris Motor Show, but the company decided to keep the still unfinished prototype in secret.
“Almost all of the Model 3 design is done, and we're aiming for pencils down basically in six weeks,” Musk announced in June, but we still don’t have the final design of the model. He also said Tesla is going to hold a “big” event towards the end of the year, so a reveal of the production Model 3 sounds like a possibility.
Meanwhile, Tesla has discontinued the 60-kWh version of the Model X, along with some color options and the more expensive rear seats. This move significantly raises the price of the base variant, which is now the 75D with 75-kWh battery and 237 miles (381 kilometers) on a single charge.