The Twittersphere was ablaze last week, following the official launch event of the Tesla Model X electric crossover on Wednesday evening. But in all the excitement, it looks like Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have inadvertently spilled the beans on a yet-unannounced future product.
According to Autoblog, in response to a Tweet calling for the same falcon-wing doors as found on the Tesla Model X to appear on the Model 3, Musk tweeted: “there will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will [have similar doors].” That Tweet was promptly deleted from Mr. Musk’s Twitter feed.
We’ve already heard a wide range of speculation regarding the Tesla Model 3, including that while it is a sedan, the platform will also spawn a smaller, more affordable crossover. Is this the Tesla Model Y to which Elon Musk referred in his deleted Tweet? Autoblog reports that the electric-carmaker already has a trademark on the “Tesla Model Y” name, and that the Model 3 will be denoted by a “≡” symbol. This would keep with the automaker’s penchant for humor, as Tesla Motors’ four models still in-production would be S,≡,X, and Y, spelling out “S-E-X-Y.”
Interestingly, Elon Musk’s Tweet referring to a Tesla Model Y wasn’t the only thing deleted from the CEO’s Twitter feed that day; the executive also responded to an inquiry about a possible lower-cost version of the Tesla Model X coming along at a later date with a smaller, 70 kWh battery pack. Autoblog reports that Mr. Musk Tweeted the following response: “something like a 70, but probably around 12 months from now.”