The folks at Tesla Motors' Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters aren't real sticklers for timelines, but the company's fate depends heavily on prospects for an expanded lineup that can support its massive investments in r&d and battery manufacturing.
Model S: Though Tesla regularly pushes out over-the-air updates and eschews conventional model years, the design of the Model S got a midlife freshening in the spring. The faux grille has been jettisoned in favor of a solid bumper piece that's closer to the faces of the Model X and the upcoming Model 3, while the taillights have been subtly darkened. In August, Tesla announced a new 100 kWh battery pack for the Model S P100D, giving it a 315-mile EPA-estimated range and a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds in the optional Ludicrous Mode. A redesign is expected around 2020, with updates to the car's software and battery packs expected in the meantime, including a nonperformance iteration of the latest battery pack called the 100D.
Model X: Deliveries of Tesla's repeatedly delayed all-wheel-drive crossover picked up in earnest in 2016, and it's now available with 60, 75, 90 and 100 kWh battery packs. The 100 kWh pack is the latest addition, capable of moving the X from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and promising a 289-mile EPA range. Based on Tesla's current cadence, a redesign is expected in 2023.
Model 3: Unveiled in prototype form in the spring, the Model 3 is Tesla's long-promised "affordable" model. The compact sedan will start at around $35,000 before any incentives, and it will have a range of 215 miles. While Tesla finalized the car's design in early July and contends it will begin deliveries by the end of 2017, many industry analysts predict volume deliveries won't begin until 2019. Single-motor rear-wheel drive will be standard while a dual-motor awd version will be available.
Model Y: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long promised a Model Y crossover based on the Model 3 platform. Initially Musk signaled that the Y would have falcon-wing doors similar to the Model X's. But given the quality problems and costs associated with the door design, the production Model Y is likely to ditch them in favor of a more conventional setup. The Model Y is expected to start around $40,000 to $45,000 before incentives when deliveries begin, likely in 2019 or 2020. Awd will likely be standard, and the base range should be at least 215 miles.
Roadster: A second-generation Roadster has been on Musk's mind for years, and last summer he said such a car would show up around 2019. Unlike the original, which used Lotus gliders as a starting point, the new version will be all Tesla, riding on the platform used by the 3 and the Y. It will also be bigger and faster than the original, with a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds.