Tesla Cybertruck leaks online a week ahead of official reveal

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Less than a week before Tesla Cybertruck deliveries begin in the US, the highly-anticipated electric pick-up has been leaked online.

Next week’s long-awaited launch of the Tesla Cybertruck in the US may not live up to its hype after the electric pick-up appeared to be leaked online – giving a first look at the production version of the controversial but highly-anticipated model.

In a post on social media platform X – formerly known as Twitter – user ‘YYDS’ uploaded a set of images they claim were taken of the Tesla Cybertruck and originally shared via Chinese social media websites, previewing the electric pick-up’s exterior and interior design.

Though it’s not known if the images are indeed official, the details of the Cybertruck pictured in the post appear to share a number of cues with previous leaks, such as its rectangular steering wheel (with the vehicle’s outline stamped into its airbag cover) and large horizontally-mounted central touch screen.

The new photos provide a first proper glimpse at the Cybertruck’s front seats, which adopt the same angular design as the pick-up’s exterior panels, with perforations in the upholstery suggesting they could be heated and ventilated. 

It also appears that the Cybertruck will adopt a new user interface compared to Tesla’s other models, incorporating controls for the electric pick-up’s steering column, mirrors, suspension and tonneau cover.

Another pair of photos show the vehicle’s exterior, which includes a windscreen wiper which is ‘stopped’ next to the A-pillar rather than tucked below the bonnet line – raising questions from some online users about whether it could risk being frozen in place when covered in snow.

First deliveries of the Tesla Cybertruck – as well as the official announcement of pricing and specifications – will take place on 30 November US time, four months after the first example rolled off the production line.

Since being revealed as a concept in 2019, the Cybertruck’s debut has been delayed multiple times and by almost two years in total, with the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning beating it as the first electric pick-up to market.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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