Tesla has officially revealed the Model X’s smaller sibling.
It’s been years in the making, and now the Tesla Model Y has arrived. Sharing a similar platform, model structure and appearance to its sedan cousin, the Model 3, Tesla aims to cast a wider net with this fourth model. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the new Model Y at the company’s Los Angeles design studio. During the presentation, Elon Musk disclosed a wide range of information about the forthcoming Model Y. Performance specs, pricing and availability were all unveiled at tonight’s event.
All in all, the new Tesla Model Y will have four trim levels, each of which are similar to the Model 3. From the entry-level Standard Range model to the lightning fast Performance, each Model Y will cost slightly more than Tesla’s smallest sedan. However, the new Tesla Model Y seats up to seven passengers (with an optional third row) and packs a remarkably low drag coefficient. That makes Tesla’s latest crossover one of the most aerodynamically efficient on the road, by the company’s figures.
The Tesla Model Y will carry features from other cars in the lineup. That of course includes the company’s Autopilot semi-autonomous feature. Musk also mentioned an available panoramic glass roof, similar to the Model 3. Unlike the Model 3, however, the new Model Y will have up to 66 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Range, Performance and Pricing
|Standard Range||Long Range||Dual Motor||Performance|
|Range||230 mi.||300 mi.||280 mi.||280 mi.|
|0-60||5.9 sec.||5.5 sec.||4.8 sec.||3.5 sec.|
|Top Speed||120 mph||130 mph||135 mph||150 mph|
|Availability||Spring 2021||Fall 2020||Fall 2020||Fall 2020|
*According to Tesla figures presented at Model Y unveiling
Starting from the top of the range, there’s the Model Y Performance. This model packs a 3.5 second 0-60 time according to Tesla, although the company did not mention specific power outputs. The Performance is capable of a 150 mph top speed, and achieve 280 miles on a charge, per Tesla’s presentation. As of right now, the Performance will start at $60,000 and will be available in Fall 2020.
Also available in Fall 2020 is the next model down the line: the Dual Motor. You still get all wheel drive here, but a lower top speed and 0-60 time. Tesla claims 0-60 for the Dual Motor in 4.8 seconds, as well as a 135 mph top speed. Range is unchanged, at 280 miles. Tesla claims the Dual Motor AWD will cost $51,000 and up when it goes on sale next year.
The single-motor Long Range model is the one Tesla claims has the most range, naturally. The company says it can achieve a 300 mile range — only 15 off the Model 3 Long Range — as well as a 130 mph top speed. 0-60 is still a respectable 5.5 seconds, according to Tesla. This model will go on sale in Fall 2020, and will cost $47,000 and up.
But what about the entry-level model? That would be the Standard Range. Like the Model 3, Tesla will not roll out this version of the Model Y first. Instead, this one will come along in Spring 2021. Tesla claims it has a 230 mile range and a top speed of 120 mph. 0-60 comes up in 5.9 seconds, all for a price of $39,000 excluding taxes and fees. All in all, the Model Y Standard Range rings in $4,000 more than the Model 3.
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Update 3/14/19: Added specs, pricing table. Updated incorrect Standard Range pricing (starts from $39,000 — not $40,000).