Seven seats, a range of up to 480 kilometers and a lot of power: Tesla has just introduced their Model Y. According to Tesla boss Elon Musk, model Y will probably be available around autumn 2020. Tesla’s “S3XY” model range is now complete.
Around 8 pm local time, Elon Musk presented the latest addition to Tesla’s automobile selection in Los Angeles. On display was a compact SUV, which is visually close to the Model 3, with a slightly raised roof line. Like a small Model X. The intelligent gullwing doors are reserved for the luxury SUV, the Model X, though.
The Model Y will compete with a wider range of electric cars from major corporations such as VW or Daimler. Also, given the upcoming product offensive of the rivals, it was important for Musk to expand the model family as soon as possible to a compact SUV.
In this segment Tesla is comparatively late – unlike his previous models. Hyundai, Kia, Jaguar, Audi and other manufacturers already offer compact electric SUVs. Volkswagen and others will probably do this about the same time as Tesla.
Musk is convinced that Tesla will sell more vehicles of the Model Y than the three previous models S, X and 3 together. The Model 3 is already the world’s best selling electric car.
“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” Musk said at the launch event in Los Angeles. “So this thing will be really tight on corners.”
The model comes in four versions: Standard Range, Long Range, Performance, and Dual Motor AWD. The Long Range version is priced at $47,000 and can go 480 kilometers on a single charge. The Performance version costs $60,000 and can hit 0 to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds and is factory equipped with four-wheel drive and has a range of 450 kilometers. There is a track mode for the sporty driving style and a top speed of 240 km/h.
At the cheaper end of the scale, the Standard Range Model Y will cost $39,000 and can travel 370 miles on one charge. Finally, the all-wheel-drive Dual Motor version will cost $51,000.
The Model Y can be pre-ordered now. As always, a down payment is due, in this case $ 2,500.