Tesla confirms electric minibus and new Model Y SUV

Elon Musk announces new name via Twitter

Tesla's Elon Musk has confirmed plans for both a new electric Minibus and a compact Model Y SUV. The brand already confirmed the SUV's existence during an announcement last month, but now Musk has given it a name.

The SUV completes Tesla's 'S3XY' naming strategy, with the Model S, Model 3, Model X and now, finally the Model Y. Confirmed via a single Tweet, Musk explained that the brand should be 'inconsistent in our naming conventions after Model Y'. 

>Read our Tesla Model S review

The cost and size implications of the Model Y mean the 'falcon doors' found on the Model X likely won't make their way over. What will undoubtedly remain is Tesla's large centrally mounted touch screen and range of all-wheel and two-wheel drive powertrains.

The electric Minibus appears to be a seperate project, mentioned by Musk at the Tesla 'Master Plan' conference. The car is planned to be produced on a Model X chassis and will be a "high passenger density urban transport". Exact details remain unclear, but the Minibus could potentially become an eight seater, or even a electric replacement for public transport.

If you'd like to read more about Tesla's flagship performance saloon, the Model S, then you can read our full in-depth review here.

Alternatively, our Model 3 preview lists everything you need to know about the electric car manufacturer's new affordable saloon.

Recommended

Hyundai Ioniq 5 revealed – an EV with a fresh appeal
Hyundai Ioniq 5 front quarter
Hyundai

Hyundai Ioniq 5 revealed – an EV with a fresh appeal

Hyundai’s all-new Ioniq 5 doesn't just introduce a new EV architecture but a new way of thinking about electric cars
24 Feb 2021
New Jaguar Land Rover electric car roadmap will see Jag become a pure EV brand
JLR future
Jaguar

New Jaguar Land Rover electric car roadmap will see Jag become a pure EV brand

Under new leadership, the Jaguar and Land Rover brands reveal their new electrified futures
15 Feb 2021
Audi RS e-tron GT revealed – high-performance EV to rival Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S
Audi RS e-tron GT - front tracking
Audi

Audi RS e-tron GT revealed – high-performance EV to rival Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S

Audi’s new electric car borrows more than a little from the Porsche Taycan, but offers its own distinctive style
9 Feb 2021
Porsche Taycan 2021 review – capable, desirable, but not lovable
Porsche Taycan rwd - coffee front tracking
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan 2021 review – capable, desirable, but not lovable

The promise of adding rear-drive thrills to the Taycan’s already formidable dynamic repertoire falls rather flat in reality
2 Feb 2021

Most Popular

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021
Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
Lexus IS500 F Sport revealed – naturally aspirated V8 sports saloon is back
Lexus IS500 F Sport -
Lexus

Lexus IS500 F Sport revealed – naturally aspirated V8 sports saloon is back

It’s a recipe that AMG, BMW and Audi say no longer appeals, but Lexus has gone its own way, with an almighty catch
22 Feb 2021