By Paul Rachwal
Monday, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm
 

Electric car maker Tesla is planning on bringing back a sports car just like the very first model it launched, the Roadster. That car, which used an Elise-chassis, is no longer officially sold in North America, with the Model S sedan the sole model so far available.

Before a Roadster returns to market, it may take at least five years, however, as the Model X SUV, will precede it.

Also in the works is a smaller sedan likely due out in 2015 or 2016, Tesla VP of sales and the ownership experience, George Blankenship, told AutoCar.

"The small saloon will likely sit on an all-new generation of our aluminum platform that will take us forward again and be the basis for all Teslas," he said.

One this range is completed, the company may look at a new flagship, or halo car, to replace the Roadster. That car will attain the best performance numbers of the range, but probably the highest price tag as well. The current performance flagship is the $105,400 Model S Performance Series sedan, capable of reaching 60mph form a standstill in just 4.4 seconds. The Model S has just won Automobile magazine's Automobile of the Year award.