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Elon Musk promises an ‘unexpected’ Tesla announcement later today

Andrew Hard
"Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging..." Elon Musk tweeted cryptically in December. Now, he is starting to reveal some more concrete plans.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk loves a good tease and his platform of choice is usually his Twitter account. The exec previously revealed a new Tesla product would be unveiled on Monday and he sweetened the deal by saying the debut would be “unexpected by most.” But now, it looks like we will have to wait a bit longer. On Sunday, Musk took to Twitter again to inform eager fans that there would be a slight delay in the unveil — until Wednesday at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

There are countless products that would fall into the category of “unexpected” — a Tesla-branded hair dryer, for instance — but there are a few frontrunners for the reveal. Let us run down the likely candidates.

First up is the highly anticipated second half of the Model 3’s reveal, something that Musk has been promising since the original launch on March 31. We know a fair amount about the vehicle by now — check out our full news and rumor roundup here — but specs regarding all the available powertrains are still under wraps and we have not seen the car’s full insides yet. Rumors of a spartan driverless cabin are swirling, so it is possible the interior of the future is just around the corner.

Another likely option centers around Autopilot, the latest version of which went live just weeks ago. Dubbed Autopilot 8.0, the semiautonomous technology suite improved the electric vehicles’ ability to “see” with more reliance on radar. Autopilot 8.0 was an over-the-air software update, so it is possible Musk will announce new Autopilot hardware such as upgraded cameras or improved sensors as a refit to existing vehicles or as a feature for future cars.

Tesla also recently dropped the 60kW version of the Model X SUV from its lineup. Considering this was the base model, the move increases the Model X’s entry point from $74,000 to $85,500, and that’s a noticeable jump even for luxury car buyers. We have nothing official go on regarding the Model X, but killing off the entry-level option just days before an “unexpected” product announcement is interesting, and it has us hoping for a new, cheaper way to get our hands on some Falcon Wing doors.

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Musk’s Twitter message also confirmed that a major announcement concerning Tesla and SolarCity will go down on October 28. We expect a new Powerwall to show its face alongside the beefier Powerpack 2.0 energy storage system, both compete with new 2170 cells from the brand’s gargantuan Gigafactory. We are hoping to get a glimpse of a new solar roof or Tesla charging unit as well, but if Musk’s tweet is anything to go by, join us in expecting the unexpected.

Article originally published on 10-10-2016. Updated on 10-17-2016 by Lulu Chang: Added news that the “unexpected” reveal will be delayed by a couple days to October 19.

This article was originally published on 10-10-2016. It was updated by Bruce Brown on 10-19-2016 to include correct dating.