Tesla has its eyes fixed on China at the moment. The world's largest market for electric cars is now home to the in the world, but the automaker is teeing up a design center, and we got a look at what a "Chinese-style" Tesla car could be.
An announcement posted to the company's official WeChat account in China yesterday said plans for a Chinese design and research center are underway. It called for applications to help design "Chinese-style" vehicles and fill other staff positions. Attached to the announcement was a single photo showing a design sketch of what looks like a small city car.
The car very clearly resembles theand , but with a more podlike look with some aggressive sculpting at the rear. The roofline almost appears to emulate the Model 3 until the design takes a wider shape at the rear and rear quarter panel. Obviously, this is a sketch and may not indicate a production car in the slightest. Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Yet, that's the direction Tesla is moving. The WeChat announcement mentions CEO Elon Musk's goals, saying, "In order to achieve a shift of 'Made in China' to 'Designed in China,' [Musk] has proposed a very cool thing -- set up a design and research center in China."
Previously, at the kickoff for mass Model 3 deliveries in China, Musk also commented on plans to set up a design and research center locally. He mentioned the cars would be.
The city car sketch could be an indicator as to what Tesla is thinking about as a China-specific model, or perhaps a model to be sold in multiple markets. Aside from the current Tesla lineup, the company plans to launch the, a new is still in the pipeline and the is due in two years. There's also the yet to come.