Tesla Motors is keeping its cards close to its chest in regards to future vehicles. While CEO Elon Musk has dropped hints here and there, including an all-electric supercar and a BMW 3-series fighter, we’re mostly left to our own devices to wonder what Tesla has planned. That has led some would-be car designers to fill in the blanks, and one in particular stood out to me. Meet the compact Tesla Model C.
The Tesla Model C is the brainchild of Derjan Hristov, who envisions the Model C as Tesla’s entry into the affordable compact car market. While Tesla has just rolled out its first mainstream vehicle, the Model S sedan, eventually they’ll have to try and break into the compact market if they want to make headway in the competitive automotive market.
Hristov envisions a compact hatchback with automatic sliding doors, a nifty feature that really hints at the hopefulness of this concept. That said, if Tesla were to build a compact EV like this, and gave it rear-wheel drive I could totally dig it.
The rear bumper doubles as a slide-out trunk, offering extra cargo space for this compact city car. While it seats just two, I think the sporty nature of this little EV could make it a popular seller for Tesla. That is, if Tesla were to embrace such an independent design. For now, the only future model we know Tesla is working on is the Falcon-wing Model X SUV.
Whatever Elon Musk has planned for his electric car company, it had better be as eye-catching as Hristov’s design if he hopes to wrestle away market share from conventional automakers.