Tesla Cybertruck prototype with design update spotted
A new video of the Tesla Cybertruck has surfaced online, showing some significant changes to its design.
Above: A close-to-production Tesla Cybertruck with new lighting setup on the rear end. Photo: @AstroS3xy / Twitter.
Tesla updated the status of Cybertruck production from ‘development’ to ‘tooling’ during the company’s Q3 2022 update last month.
In a new video as can be seen below, the most visible change Tesla has made to the Cybertruck is the electric truck's tail lights. As the vehicle parks, a new pattern of brake lights can be seen which wasn't there before.
In the previous Cybertruck prototypes, the rear lighting setup was just a red light slit across the tailgate (see pic below). The lighting area (the black bar) width has also been increased to accommodate the additional side brake lights seen in the above picture.
We can also see that Tesla has added reverse lights on both sides of the Cybertruck's license plate.
If we closely look at both the new prototype picture above and the photo of the old one below, we can see that Tesla has also added two red reflectors at the bottom of the tailgate as well.
Above: Rear view of the Tesla Cybertruck prototype before the recent changes made in October 2022. Photo: @whymentc / Twitter
We can also see possible mounting hardware for the front and rear bullbars on this prototype. Tesla will most likely be offering optional bullbars and winch features for owners that want a rougher, more off-road style.
Two new covered-body shells of the Cybertruck were spotted at Giga Texas just a few weeks ago, as sportted by local observer Joe Tegtmeyer with his drone.
Now that the Cybertruck has entered the tooling phase, these body shells were likely brought to Giga Texas for robot calibration to start preparation for setting up a production line. Tesla has estimated that Cybertruck production will start late next year.