Tesla's latest driving mode is an about-turn from its previous options, which were all about squeezing the optimal performance from its cars. The new "chill" setting makes for a "gentler ride," according to the manufacturer. That sounds like an odd upgrade from an EV maker that was once obsessed with cracking the fastest acceleration time, motivated by its rivalry with Faraday Future. It achieved that milestone earlier this year (after dropping the "Ludricous" easter egg), when the Tesla Model S P100D became the quickest car to 60 MPH. All those boring folk can tap chill mode for "smoother" and "more gradual" acceleration.
Elon Musk can't stop shooting from the hip on Twitter. Last night, the Tesla chief said he might reveal the mysterious Model Y SUV on March 15th, 2019, "because the Ides of March sounded good." He then clarified that the unveiling could take place sometime between the end of 2018 and the middle of 2019. We could unveil Model Y anytime from late this year to mid next year, so March 15 is about right. That timeline does make some sense, with Model Y production tentatively scheduled for 2020.
Want to know what Tesla's upcoming compact SUV, the Model Y, will look like? Sure, Tesla did share an image of the car during a shareholder meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday, but it doesn't show much, except that the car will have a front window, and, probably, headlights. SEE ALSO: Toyota and Tesla's unravelling relationship has finally ended Sometimes, though, what's missing in a photograph is more revealing than what's there. Check out that photo again. That's right, the car has no side mirrors.
Pre-orders of the Model 3 started today all over the globe. Potential customers lined up at Tesla dealerships and placed 1,000 deposits for a car (limit two per person) they might not take delivery of until 2018. Musk noted earlier that this is phase one of the car's rollout and while tonight's event showed off the car, the automaker will be adding more features in the future as it gets closer to production. When it does hit the street, it's closest competitor will be the Chevy Bolt. Both cars have a range of over 200 miles and a pre-tax credit price in the mid 30,000 range.
Recently, Tesla's world has revolved around the Model 3. Rumors of an upgraded and pricier Model S began circulating last month, and now more details about that EV have emerged. According to CNET's Tim Stevens, the overhauled Model S could debut as early as next week, based on information from sources inside Tesla. The report claims Tesla is set to make "luxury-minded" changes to its flagship vehicle, internally and externally, as Elon Musk's team looks to compete against Audi, BMW and Mercedez-Benz.