Tesla plots true Ford Ranger Rival: Elon Musk says smaller Cybertruck now on the cards

No matter what you think of Tesla’s just-revealed Cybertruck (and conflicting opinions are currently flying across the internet), there is at least one fact about it that cannot be disputed. And that it is that it’s very, very large. 

Tesla’s apocalypse-ready (well, unless the zombies throw something at the windows…) vehicle measures in at a whopping 5885mm in length, making it very much a full-size truck.

To put that number into perspective for you, the Ford Ranger Raptor measures some 5560mm in length. And that’s about the biggest from the Blue Oval. Remember, you can have smaller versions that are closer to 5.0m in length. The Tesla out-stretches the Toyota HiLux, too, which measures 5330mm too 5415mm

In the States, the Tesla Cybertruck is to be considered a full-size ute, given it’s slightly bigger than the Ram 1500 (5817mm).

Days after the truck’s reveal, though, Tesla boss Elon Musk has teased us with another, smaller version of the Cybertruck – a size that would pit it directly against cars like the Ranger, HiLux and Nissan Navara Warrior

Asked on Twitter whether he would be launching a smaller version, Musk replied that Tesla would “probably” do a mid-size Cybertruck, too. 

“Long term, it probably makes sense to build a smaller Cybertruck too,” Musk wrote in a Tweet. 

But before you burn your HiLux key, Musk also warned any development was some years away yet, Tweeting that the “Cybertruck is our last product unveil for a while, but there will be some (mostly) unexpected technology announcements next year”.

In the meantime, we have the Cybertruck. Australian timing for the six-seat EV is yet to be officially confirmed, but we’d expect a 2022 launch date at the absolute earliest.

The truck will be offered with single- dual- to tri-motor variants, with the quickest able to sprint to 100km/h in “less than 2.9 seconds”.