Controversial exterior design aside, Tesla’s Cybertruck enters a hotly contested segment and, despite its technical specifications, might not be enough to trump established titles within its class.
The Cybertruck’s design has been one of the more noteworthy focal points of the Herculean bakkie. Said design is the result of attempting to create a vehicle which is “durable and rugged enough to go anywhere”. As such, the Cybertruck wears a stainless steel exoskeleton purposed to reduce long-term corrosion and damage. Additionally, its exoskeleton’s composition makes repairs more straightforward and quicker. Windows are composed of shatter-resistant armoured glass, which Tesla claims is capable of withstanding an impact from a baseball up to 110 km/h. Accompanied by all the running gear afforded to the range-topping Cyberbeast variant, the Cybertruck weighs more than three tonnes. Supporting its beguiling physique, measured at 5 681 mm long, 2 413 mm wide and 1 790 mm high, is a suspension system affording the Cybertruck a ground clearance of 442 mm.
In the “Cyberbeast” trim, the Cybrertruck is afforded a tri-motor powertrain. Tesla’s tri-motor configuration is capable of generating a total of 630 kW, allowing it to tow a load of up to 4988 kg. Additionally, the Cybertruck is able to carry a load in its bed of up to 1134 kg. The Cybertruck can be outfitted with three powertrain configurations namely, a single-motor, dual-motor and tri-motor configuration. In its rowdiest configuration, the tri-motor system allows for a maximum driving range of 547 km, but with its range extender that grows to a claimed 708 km. The interior echoes the attitude projected by the exterior, a parred-back sleek interior characterised by leather seats and a familiar Tesla-branded steering wheel is what greets an occupant once the sleek four doors are ajar. Additional focal points of the cabin include its 18.5-inch centre display touchscreen,9.4-inch interface purposed for the second row, 15-speaker sound system with two subwoofers, and expansive glass roof.
Will the Cybertruck prove to be a significant offering within its segment, or will it fade into obscurity?