The Tesla Model Y is here, and it is everything that we wanted it to be, plus more. Elon Musk revealed the all-electric SUV before Tesla enthusiasts and guests at the LA Design Center on Thursday, and based on the community’s reaction; the Model Y seemed to have met expectations.
The Model Y is recognizable as a Tesla from first glance. True to a number of teasers that have been released over the past weeks, the Model Y is a larger, somewhat bulkier version of the Model 3. The vehicle features bigger wheels, a higher ground clearance, and a rear design that seemed to be somewhat inspired by the Model X. These design cues make the Model Y look distinct among Tesla’s current lineup.
Inside the vehicle, the Model Y is all Model 3, with the dashboard being dominated by the same 15″ touchscreen, which controls the majority of the vehicle’s functions. The Tesla Model Y is an SUV that seats six passengers comfortably. With the seats folded up, the Model Y has 66 cu ft of cargo space.
Performance and Range
The Model Y could accelerate from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Being a Tesla, the Model Y is built to last long on the road between charges, and its 300-mile range definitely does not disappoint. A Standard Range version goes for 230 miles between charges.
Similar to the Model 3, the Model Y utilizes cylindrical 2170 battery cells that are manufactured in Gigafactory 1. Production of the vehicle is also expected to begin at the expansive Nevada facility, which should allow Tesla to optimize the SUV’s manufacturing processes further, since battery pack assembly and vehicle assembly happen on the same site.
The Model Y is built to be fully compatible with the Supercharger V3 network, which supports charging at 250 kW. This translates to a charging speed of up to 1,000 miles per hour, which should allow owners to do road trips even faster and more conveniently than before. The faster charging speed will also allow Supercharger V3 locations to accommodate more vehicles per hour; a capability that will be beneficial to Model Y owners considering the estimated demand for the all-electric SUV.
Pricing and Availability
The Model Y is expected to enter production sometime in early 2020, with volume production estimated to hit its stride sometime next year. The Model Y starts at $39,000 for the base variant and $47,000 for the Long Range version.
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Author: Simon Alvarez