When it was rumoured that Tesla was building an SUV we pictured something sleek with a modern aesthetic, but as it turns out we knew nothing.

Tesla has unveiled the Cybertruck, an SUV that looks as if it was plucked right from the imagination of a filmmaker in the 80s, imagining what the future would hold.

Our confusion with the look Tesla went for aside, the Cybertruck is said to be rather durable.

The SUV features a “nearly impenetrable exoskeleton” as well as an Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural exterior.

The windows are made of armoured glass and while a window did get damaged when it met a steel ball during a live demo, it held up better than most civilian vehicles.

The Cybertruck will take three forms, namely:

  • Single motor rear-wheel drive
  • Dual motor all-wheel drive
  • Tri-motor all-wheel drive

The vehicle’s range varies from 250 – 500 miles (402 –  800km) depending on the model as does the 0 – 60mph time and the maximum towing capacity.

Autopilot is standard in all Cybertruck models.

As to pricing, the Cybertruck starts at $39 900 (~R585 887) for the single motor, rear-wheel drive model and goes up to $69 900 (~R1 026 404) with production expected to begin in late 2021. Those purchasing the tri-motor model will have to wait for production to begin in late 2022.

Despite the timeline, pre-orders for the Cybertruck are now open via the Tesla website.

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.