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Tesla to unveil Model Y; Musk teases futuristic Tesla truck

By Nicholas Sakelaris
The Tesla Model 3, pictured, will share about 75 percent of parts with the new Model Y SUV, which will be unveiled March 14. Photo courtesy Tesla
The Tesla Model 3, pictured, will share about 75 percent of parts with the new Model Y SUV, which will be unveiled March 14. Photo courtesy Tesla

March 4 (UPI) -- Tesla will unveil the Model Y sport-utility vehicle on March 14 at the company's Los Angeles Design Studio, founder Elon Musk said.

The Model Y will be a cheaper, scaled down version of the Model X, the same way the Model 3 is a smaller, cheaper version of the Model S. Musk said it will cost about 10 percent more than the Model 3 because it's about 10 percent larger. The price of the Model 3 varies but the company just announced it would begin producing the long-promised $35,000 version. The Model Y will use the same battery as the Model 3 but will get less range because of the added weight and size, Musk tweeted.

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The Model Y will be the company's first new product announcement since the Tesla semi-truck and Roadster 2 were unveiled 17 months ago.

If that wasn't enough, Musk also tweeted about another future vehicle.

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"Personally, I'm most excited by the Tesla Truck," he said. "Maybe it will be too futuristic for most people, but I love it."

In an earnings call last month, Musk described the Model Y as a "manufacturing revolution." About 75 percent of the Model Y's parts will be borrowed from the Model 3.

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It's not all good news for Musk, though, as the Securities and Exchange Commission has accused him of violating a settlement by tweeting car production numbers this month.

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