- The new small electric crossover bowed at Tesla's design studio in Los Angeles last night. It's the brand's fifth model in ten years and capitalizes on the current crossover craze.
- Based on the Model 3, the Model Y exhibits much of the styling from its sedan brother. Eventually, the Model Y will also get a three-row version.
The time is right for Tesla to bring a small crossover into their lineup, and
The first trim level that will go up for sale is the Long Range version, which will get 300 miles of electric-only range, do 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and top out at 130 mph. It should cost about $47,000. Later on, in 2021, the cheaper Standard ($39,000) and slower version will be available.
You can add Dual motor, all-wheel-drive capability on the Long Range for a base price of $51,000 and on the Performance model for $60,000. In this configuration, the Long Range will get 280 miles of range, 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 135 mph. AWD Performance models will get the same 280-mile range, 0-60 in a very quick 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 150 mph. It will also benefit from beefier brakes, a lowered suspension, and track mode, to name a few.
Sales will start for the Long Range and Performance models starting in 2020, or at least that's what they tell us. The Model 3 had its own production delays, so things are uncertain. But they've been able to hit their high volume numbers since last year, so the date of the Model Y's release could be accurate. The $39,000 Model Y Standard Range, with 230 miles of range, will go on sale in the Spring of 2021.
Step inside the Model Y, and you'll find that it looks a lot like the Model 3 in that there's not much to look at except for a wide dash and a big center-mounted touchscreen that basically controls everything and displays all relevant vehicle info. It's a huge 15 inches, mounted horizontally and handles audio, navigation, HVAC, as well as vehicle settings. The Model Y connects to the Tesla app for remote functions including locking/unlocking, the cool Summon feature, as well as location. It should have the Autopilot hardware built in, and the self-driving functions may go live via software upgrades later in the year.
Musk expects the Model Y to sell in even bigger numbers than the very popular Model 3 sedan. In fact, he thinks it will outsell all other models combined, which is significant. Too bad the new EV crossover doesn't look better.