Rumors surrounding Tesla Motors automaker come thick and fast due to the company’s lack of convention, whether it be the car’s layout, its dealer network, its stock price, or the shoot-for-the-stars ideas coming from CEO Elon Musk. The latest of these rumors have been focused around the Model E sedan, the slightly more petit brother to the production Model S.
In a recent interview with journalists, Musk stated that the company’s third offering to the public would be somewhere around 20 percent smaller than the Model S, roughly equal to the size of near-luxury vehicles like the Lexus IS and Acura ILX.
Though this is rather preliminary speculation, it gives us a general idea of where America’s newest baby electric will slot in regards to the current hybrid/electric segment. Official release dates and battery sizes are still far from finalized, but Musk has stated that this new model will boast no less than a 200-mile driving range accompanied by a relatively accessible $35,000 price tag.
Look to see this compact Tesla offering to debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a possible 2016 introductory date, if all goes well.