Last November, Tesla revealed the Cybertruck, its vision of the all-electric pickup truck of tomorrow, with great fanfare, a dead blow hammer…and a broken window. That said, while the company began accepting deposits on said Cybertruck almost immediately, many details still remain in flux — from the production vehicle’s final design to where Tesla will build it — leaving fans and skeptics alike wondering when and in what form it’ll finally reach the streets.
Of course, Elon Musk isn’t the type of genius entrepreneur to let a news vacuum go unfilled. Recently, he tweeted about some planned tweaks over the weekend that should be welcome news to off-road enthusiasts.
Musk noted that Tesla is working on increasing air suspension travel to allow the Cybertruck to “kick butt in Baja” — a presumed reference to the Baja 1000 off-road race, or at least, to the rough terrain there that inspired the likes of the Ford F-150 Raptor‘s incredible capability.
And where there’s one Elon tweet, there’s usually more. Musk also said the production Cybertruck would be slightly smaller than the concept, which could help it shed weight – – and delivery sportier performance.
Musk also asserted the Cybertruck would be able to both cross streams and float, albeit for a short period.
Whatever the eventual production Cybertruck looks like, we can safely presume it will be more off-road capable than the new Model Y crossover, which has a meme-worthy lack of prowess off the tarmac. Off-roading has been a central part of the Cybertruck’s appeal from the start; Tesla launched it with big stubbly all-terrain tires, an electric ATV in the trunk and a still image of the Cybertruck bed sporting a pop-up tent. It would have been weird if off-roading wasn’t a focus for this Tesla.
Whether for appearance or recreation, off-roading has been a major profit driver in the current pickup market, with the booming worlds of overlanding and rock-crawling opening up new domains of both OEM and aftermarket products. Off-roading is also the niche nearly every automaker in the electric truck market, from startups like Rivian and Bollinger to established truck manufacturers like GMC, is looking to exploit. Question is, will the Cybertruck wind up outdoing them all…or collapse under the weight of all those expectations?
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