2022 Tesla Cybertruck: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

CarsDirect Staff
October 22, 2021

Model Preview

Tesla unveiled its wildly styled Cybertruck in 2019 to a wide range of responses. Originally slated to go on sale in 2021, production has been delayed until sometime in 2022. Here’s what we know about the 2022 Cybertruck and what to expect when it arrives.

Visually, the Cybertruck arrived with an eye-popping design that looked like it was ripped straight from a movie based 30 years in the future. It boasts a triangular design that is sure to catch more than its fair share of stares, including a one-piece LED headlight and taillight bars, a bed that closes off to form what Tesla calls a vault, and rugged off-road rubber. Its cold-rolled steel body resists denting but also creates a secure shell to keep everyone safe inside.

Speaking of inside, the Cybertruck will seat up to six adults in its cabin. In the initial images, this cabin looks very simple, much like other Tesla models. Its dash will be flat and clean, and the only real user input happens on its 17-inch touchscreen. Storage will be no issue inside this pickup with its compartment under the second-row seats.

Tesla Cybertruck

Like other Tesla models, the 2022 Cybertruck will have a handful of powertrain options, ranging from relatively mild to insane. On the mild side will be the base model with a single motor and rear-wheel drive. This model will deliver a sub-6.5-second 0-to-60 time, over 250 miles of driving range, and over a 7,500-pound towing capacity, per Tesla estimates.

The next powertrain option will be the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model that Tesla estimates will deliver over a 10,000-pound towing capacity, a sub-4.5-second 0-to-60 time, and over 300 miles of driving range. The top-of-the-line Cybertruck will be the tri-motor all-wheel-drive model that will deliver a Tesla-estimated sub-2.9-second 0-to-60 time, over 500 miles of driving range, and over a 14,000-pound towing capacity.

That said, in an odd move just this month, Tesla removed the Cybertruck's pricing and specs from their website leading us to speculate that we may see some changes in pricing and configurations as we get closer to the end of the year.

Tesla hasn’t announced much in terms of safety gear in the 2022 Cybertruck, but it did mention it’ll boast partial self-driving, which will convert to full self-driving in the future. The IIHS is not fond of throwing Tesla’s expensive electric vehicles into walls, but it has in the past. These past tests did not bode well for the Model S, but the Model 3 made up for it as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Given the level of tech going into the Cybertruck, we expect it to fall in line with the Model 3’s safety ratings when it hits showrooms.

Pricing & Release Date

Pricing is not yet firm for the 2022 Tesla Cybertruck, but Tesla’s initial estimates put its range at $39,900 to $69,900. While the $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla vehicles wasn't extended past 2019, recent news that a bill to expand the current federal tax credit is in the works, which could amount to huge savings.

The Cybertruck is available for preorder now. A firm delivery window will come later, so stay tuned.

This all-electric pickup will compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500.

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Pictured: 2022 Cybertruck

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