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Tesla Model E will be Premium All Electric Car for the Masses

Tesla first showed off its Model S sedan four years ago and unveiled its Model X SUV last year. But electric car fans will likely have to wait more than a year to get a glimpse of its upcoming third model.

Speaking to Germany’s Auto Bild magazine earlier this month, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen said that the company is working hard on its so-called third-generation car, which some in the automotive press have been calling the “Model E.” Von Holzhausen said Tesla plans to unveil the new car at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

The new car will lead “Tesla to a new level,” von Holzhausen told Auto Bild, according to a translation by Google Translate. “The car will show what we are about: to build electric cars for the masses.”

Despite the earlier timeline and a few notable fires in the Model S recently, Von Holzhausen said he's not feeling pressured to rush the car out the door. "The fires don't affect my work," he told AutoBild.

"We're more interested in making a safe car. That's not changing." Oh, and he also confirmed that Tesla is working on a pickup truck, and said it will be built on its own platform and that it would "make sense" for Tesla to make a small city car someday. As for Tesla's next vehicle, the Model X, it is "nearly finished" and the team is working on the last aerodynamic tweaks.

That would represent a sharp turn for the company, because the cars it has made to date have been anything but broadly affordable. Its original Roadster had a base price of more than $100,000 and the Model S starts at $62,400. The company hasn’t yet disclosed the exact price of the Model X, but has said that it expects to charge about the same for it as it does for the Model S when it begins selling the SUV next year.

By contrast, the price of the “Model E” is expected by auto industry watchers in the $30,000 to $40,000 range.

The “Model E” isn’t the only new car Tesla has on the drawing boards. Company CEO Elon Musk has said that Tesla plans to make a pickup truck in the next 5 years. And von Holzhausen told Auto Bild that a small “city” car like Smart’s electric powered two-seat coupe “would certainly make sense” for Tesla to make — but not anytime soon.

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