It will appeal to those who want something different. Something strange. The interior, while following the path laid down by the Model 3 with a single display for everything, is also full of stark angles. The dash is made of pressed paper and looks like a kitchen countertop. Even the rearview camera is devoid of any soft angles. It’s essentially a rectangle.
There was plenty of leg and headroom for my six-foot three-inch frame in the back seat, which is always a plus when you’re trying to impress your friends with your crazy ’70s sci-fi space truck.
Overall it was a very pleasant — but short — ride in a truck that has a lot of features (locking bed, autopilot support, automatic alignment for hitching a trailer, crazy weird lights) for something that starts at under $ 40,000.
Yes, the design is insane. Probably too insane for most. And Tesla will have to adjust some of that to comply with regulations. It’ll need to redo the headlights — you just can’t have a string of lights in the US. In fact, all the lights will probably need some rethinking to comply with the law. I don’t think it even has blinkers at this point. Also, it’ll need side mirrors. The steering wheel isn’t actually a wheel, right now. Oh, and Tesla will have to crash that 9mm bulletproof body into a few walls to make sure that, while it can withstand a blow from a hammer, it’ll still deflect and absorb the impact of another car or truck. And the glass will probably need some work.
But while all that happens, I can’t tell you what I think of the Cybertruck’s design. I’m really not sure where I fall on this. Is it so outrageous I love it? Or do I hate it because it’s a series of triangles mashed together? Maybe I’m just somewhere in between. What I do know is that there’s nothing else like it on the road, and for that reason alone, it’s at least worthy of our attention and admiration.
Reporting by Roberto Baldwin for Engadget.