This is the Tesla Model Y: Here's everything you need to know
The Tesla Model Y is finally here and it is Tesla's entrant into the highly competitive crossover market which is taking the car-buying world by storm. According to a source in America, 40% of new cars sold last year were crossovers, so the Model Y has to be good to compete against well-established rivals.
The Model Y should also be Tesla's money-printing car because crossovers tend to be highly profitable for car manufacturer – after all, they're usually based on a saloon or hatchback but offer more space and practicality. The Model Y will also share 75% of its parts with the Model 3, further reducing production costs, and hopefully giving the cash flow Tesla desperately needs.
Here's everything you need to know about the Model Y.
Model Y exterior
Visually, the Model Y is basically a jacked up Model 3. This is not a bad thing because the Model 3 is already a good looking car. However, there are a few differences. There's even more glass than on the Model 3, which should result in an even airier-feeling cabin. The other benefit, of course, is better visibility for the driver and passengers.
The Model Y is also 10% larger than the Model 3, which gives it more interior space for both passengers and cargo. Aerodynamically, the Model Y has a drag coefficient of 0.23cd which makes it one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class. Other exterior features include slimmer headlights and rear lights compared to the Model 3. Like the Model 3, the Model Y features a panoramic roof.
Model Y interior
The Model Y has the same interior as the Model 3 with the exception of an optional third row of seats – meaning the Model Y can be a seven seater.
Like all other Teslas, the Model Y will come with all the usual Tesla creature comforts such as Autopilot, Summon, and fast charging via the newly introduced Supercharger V3 chargers, which promise to add 1000 miles of range per hour charged.
Model Y specs
Four versions of the Model Y will be available, with three coming in autumn of 2020 and the Standard Range model coming in Spring 2021. The Long Range model will have a range of 300 miles, and the Dual Motor AWD and Performance models will have a range of 280 miles. These figures are real-world figures, according to Elon Musk.
If you're a bit of a speed demon you'll want the Performance model with its 3.5 second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 150mph. However, the sweet spot in the line up is the Long Range model which has a 5.5 second 0-60mph time and a 130mph top speed. Yes, this is slower but you do get that extra bit of range that the Performance model doesn't offer.
Model Y pricing
The pricing isn't all that bad – although it's naturally subject to change. The Standard Range model should start at $39,000 (£30,000) which makes it a rival to the likes of the Hyundai Kona EV, which is priced roughly the same. The Long Range model will cost $47,000 (£36,000), Dual Motor AWD is $51,000 (£39,000) and the Performance model will set you back $60,000 (£46,000).
The prices are reasonable for its segment as rivals are roughly the same price. However, the Model Y should be the car that will bring Tesla to their one-million car milestone, which should happen sometime in the next 12 months, if Elon Musk is anything to go by.
Model Y rivals
Thanks to the Model Y having four different price and performance variations, it's hard to say what it rivals. Size wise, it should go up against the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and even the likes of the Cadillac XT4 and Acura RDX.
Price wise, I think Tesla has got themselves onto a winner here. This will likely be the first Tesla which will appeal to a mass market, other than the Elon-fanboys. Tesla knows the small/mid-size crossover is a huge market so it's essential for the Model Y to do well, for both the segment and Tesla.