When a design exercise points an intelligent way ahead: the Tesla Allterrain

Jeep is very happy with the success of the Wrangler. So much so it will even built a pick-up out of it. GM and Ford would be creating their own versions of a Wrangler, such as a new Ford Bronco. And Tesla has stated it has a pick-up in the works. What do all these things have in common? In the mind of the designer Jason McGinnity, a lot. His concept, called Tesla Allterrain, could offer the electric car producer not only a pick-up, but also an SUV. All that solely with a sliding C pillar and a retractable roof.

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Since the car structure would be the same one used by the Model S and the Model X, over a sort of skate with the engine and the batteries, it would have two different cargo compartments. One at the front and one at the rear. McGinnity even found a new name for the front compartment: frunk, or front trunk bed.

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A good trail partner

If Tesla took McGinnity suggestion into consideration, off-roaders would have a 70 kWh battery vehicle able to face some difficult trails in Jamboree. But since the company seems to want a capable truck, with a large bed, it would need a larger rear section.

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In case you need extra charge for longer trails, the Tesla Allterrain can offer additional battery packs that can be attached to the car. Just like a regular jerrycan.

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The fact is that a rugged SUV from Tesla would make perfect sense when all other automakers are said to be trying to have their own Wrangler. And it could also become a pick-up. Tesla should give McGinnity’s idea a good deal of consideration.

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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.