Having just announced plans for a Nissan Leaf rival priced below $40,000, electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors revealed that an affordable compact crossover SUV is also in the works.

Set to be built on the same platform as the entry-level sedan, the crossover will also hit the market "in the next three to four years" and will be significantly cheaper than the $70,000 Tesla Model S.

Reportedly aimed at the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, the crossover could borrow the design of the gull-winged Model X, which was delayed for 2014 when Tesla decided to repay the company's Department of Energy loan ahead of schedule and increase Model S production.

As we already reported earlier this week, Elon Musk announced that the Nissan Leaf contender will offer a range of about 200 miles.

Story via AutomotiveNews

By Ciprian Florea