Leaked images show the new Tesla Cybertruck design without removable door handles and wheel covers

Two new photos leaked over the weekend of the Tesla Cybertruck, giving us a closer look at the design changes we’ve discovered recently from afar.

The photos were posted on the Cybertruck Owners’ Club and have inspired great response so far.

The same “unconventional” appearance of the original prototype is preserved, with large flat body panels, sharp corners and a massive windshield. But there have been some notable changes between the original unveiling and now.

The rims are perhaps the most notable change we’ve ever seen. In the recent drone video of a Cybertruck driving around a Tesla test track in Fremont, the wheels looked different than in these photos today.

Those wheels, in turn, were different from the original model, which had a large plastic wheel cover that improved the aerodynamics of the car, and also added to the car’s powerful and aggressive appearance:

These new rims look similar in design to the Model 3 wheels, with the air caps removed. Zooming in closer to the new image, we see that the tires have the same design as the Cybertruck prototype with seven “speakers” on the tire wall opposite the seven rims on the prototype’s wheel covers. As such, we suspect these rims have been hiding under wheel covers all along, and that the Cybertruck will have removable wheel covers like the base Model 3 and Model Y wheels.

Comparison of Model 3 wheels and Cybertruck wheels, with covers removed.

In the prototype, there was no windshield wiper or side mirrors – this is common in model cars that are not intended to be driven on regular roads.

For years, car designers have been imagining a future in which side mirrors would be replaced with cams, allowing for cleaner design and better aerodynamics, but that dream clashed with safety regulators who aren’t ready for that yet. Tesla would like to ship the Cybertruck without side mirrors, and has designed it to be “easy to remove” in case regulations are updated to allow cameras instead of mirrors.

A massive windshield requires an equally massive windshield wiper, which we take a closer look at in these leaked photos — a single massive blade on the driver’s side of the windshield, which appears to extend across the entire windshield in one large sweep. Tesla is designing its own electromagnetic wiper system, which is rumored to appear on the Cybertruck.

While we’re on the windshield, the windshield appears to have a slight curve (as was also visible in the drone video), while the prototype was completely flat. The LED light strip on top of the windshield is not visible in this new photo or drone video – maybe it’s better hidden, or maybe it’s been removed.

Side by side comparison of new design vs old design from similar angles.

Another thing missing from this new prototype are the door handles. In previous iterations, the Cybertruck had door handles that were flat but visible “present” as on the original Model S, but Tesla has since confirmed that the production version will not have door handles at all. Instead, the car will recognize you as you go up and open the door for you. Tesla seems to be following that idea, as there is no hint of a doorknob in these photos.

As for changes in the car’s overall proportions, since we only have two photos from one angle, it’s hard to tell if there are any differences. A lot of the obvious changes could be just perspective or lighting tricks, so we can’t be reliable here, ButYes it is research Like the front end has changed a bit.

In the prototype, the front end was more angular and the bezel above the headlights was slightly protruding, even outside the bumper. This was immediately referred to by many as a major ban, because safety regulations require that vehicles be designed to minimize pedestrian injuries in an accident, and a pointed bumper likely won’t.

Several regulators have decried the forward tilt angle of the Cybertruck prototype’s bumper as unsafe.

He. She ResemblesIn these new photos, the top edge of the headlights has been brought back a bit, and the plastic bumper underneath has been made larger (including the larger air intake) and for a bit farther. Again, it could just be a trick in perspective, but if there was a change, it likely was done to get closer to meeting pedestrian safety regulations.

Update: Following this post, a walkthrough video was leaked and it appears that while the lower bumper area has been increased, the headlight still protrudes beyond the level of the bumper. Thus, we remain suspicious that this area will undergo some restyling before the car is homologated.

Take Electric

These changes certainly show a car approaching “real”, with the addition of mirrors, a windshield wiper and what looks like a few bumper changes. The removable wheel covers will come as a welcome change for many, with some believing the Model 3 wheels look better with the aerodynamic covers taken off (think you’re totally crazy – not only do they look better with the aerodynamic covers, the car performs better with them).

But the same basic Cybertruck design is still there. For those who have been eagerly waiting for this truck for years now, it will be refreshing that the original look of the concept has been largely preserved. But for me, well, I still find it hideous. I was told it would grow on me, and I said I knew it wouldn’t, and it didn’t. But that’s just me, and I’m not in the market for one anyway.

I still respect the idea of ​​doing something different, and maybe saving on manufacturing cost from a simpler design would be beneficial, but I still never wanted to be able to drive myself. Fortunately, there are several electric truck options available now or soon to potential buyers depending on how radical your aesthetic tastes are—the F-150 Lightning, Silverado EV, Rivian, and Hummer EV, roughly in that order.

what about you? What do you think of these new design changes? Let us know in the comments.

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