The eagerly anticipated Tesla Model Y has been revealed, with the new compact SUV going up against the forthcoming Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC.
The company says its new all-electric crossover will be launched in 2020, and Tesla Model Y reservation and pre-orders are now being taken. This makes it the fourth vehicle in Tesla’s current EV lineup.
And it’s no coincidence that the vehicles have been released in this order: S3XY…
According to Tesla, the cost to place an order for the Model Y is US$2500, with the rest of the payment requested on delivery of the vehicle.
The company says that it was designed at Tesla’s Los Angeles design centre, which is where it was also unveiled. At that event, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the Model Y would able to manage a range of around 300 miles in some trim levels.
And it isn’t slow, either, folks. In some spec levels, we’re talking 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. Of course, that’s the top-level version, being called Performance, but there are also Long Range and Dual-Motor AWD versions.
The Standard Range version will give you 230 miles from a full charge, and get to 60mph in 5.9 seconds. The Long Range is slightly quicker, with 300 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.
Tesla Model Y Price
Standard Range – $39,000
RWD Long Range – $48,000
AWD Long Range – $52,000
Performance – $61,000
Tesla Model Y Interior
Clearly, the exterior of the Model Y has been taken from a mix of the Tesla Model 3 and the Model X, but instead of the infamous gullwing doors of the latter, the Model Y gets normal doors with frameless glass.
Inside, though, is where you’ll notice the bigger differences. There’s a seven-seat layout as an option, you get a massive infotainment and sat-nav screen, and Tesla says the cargo space is class leading, with 66 cubic feet available.
Overall the theme is similar to the Model 3, with a few trim detail differences. Of course, the dominant feature is the 15-inch touchscreen, and that houses all of the vehicle’s controls, including drive mode selection.
Will there be a ludicrous, stupefying or stupendous mode? Probably, but we’ll have to wait to experiment with that.
And yes, you can option it to get the auto-pilot self-driving function.
Tesla Model Y Charging
The company says that the new vehicle will be compatible with the current Supercharger network (the third-generation version), which can offer 250 kW charging.
Tesla says its crossover can get around 75 miles of range just by charging for only five minutes. To give you an idea of how quick that is, it will charge at up to 1000 miles of range per hour.
Currently, the US will be getting the Model Y first in 2020, with Europe and China being available in early 2021.
We’ll bring you more news as it comes to hand.