The Tesla Cybertruck is now in the hands of customers, but some features are not yet enabled. The latest to be found as not available are the locking differentials, crucial for off-road adventures, which appear as “Coming Soon” in the vehicle’s infotainment system.
Locking differentials are essential for off-road vehicles as they lock the wheels on an axle together, ensuring that they turn at the same speed. This mechanism provides superior traction in challenging terrains compared to an open differential.
Most off-road vehicles are equipped with two of these, one at the front and one at the rear axle. Without this feature, the Cybertruck’s off-road capabilities can be significantly hampered.
One early Cybertruck owner VoyageATX, documented the Cybertruck’s struggle to conquer terrains that other vehicles, like the Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness, navigated with ease. While the Cybertruck boasts adaptive air suspension and up to 17 inches of ground clearance, these features weren’t enough for it to tackle this kind of terrain without the locking differentials.
The absence of operational locking differentials, a fundamental component for off-road driving, is particularly perplexing for owners given the Foundation Series’ high cost. Owners are left in the dark about why this feature is not available yet, when it might eventually become available and whether it will come with additional costs.
When it does appear however, we should expect to see some more videos of the Cybertruck handling difficult terrain with much more ease.
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