Word on the street is that Jo’s Tesla truck concept is a no-go, but that Tesla may be released an all-wheel drive version of the Model S next year. I know there are many people who basically demand all-wheel drive on any vehicle they buy. Even with the Model S being the best mass-production car in the world, I’m sure some of them would still hold out for an all-wheel drive Tesla. Well, if the above rumor is true, they may have two options next year. From Chris DeMorro of sister site Gas2:
The Tesla Model S has been universally lauded by critics and magazines, but Elon Musk isn’t resting on his laurels. From a new performance handling package to the promise of a valet mode, Tesla has added new features to the Model S to make it more appealing to more buyers. Rumor has it that next year, all-wheel drive Model S may debut.
An all-wheel drive Tesla Model S certainly makes sense, as rear-wheel drive is far from ideal in slippery or snowy conditions. Tesla has already said that the Model X SUV will be available from the get-go with all-wheel drive, and considering that the Model S and Model X will share many components (and even the same chassis).
That brings up the question, is Tesla really planning to launch two all-wheel drive models in the same year? Sure, the Model X is aimed more at families than business executive types, and an all-wheel drive option would certainly help drive sales in colder climates. But launching an all-wheel drive Model S could cannibalize sales from the newly-launched Model X if this rumor proves true. Could this have anything to do with the proposed Tesla crossover?
To read more of Chris’ thoughts on the potential all-wheel drive Tesla Model S, check out: All-Wheel Drive Tesla Model S Coming In 2014?