If you’re an EV enthusiast, auto enthusiast, or strictly a Tesla enthusiast, you don’t want to miss all the news about the Tesla Model Y. The compact crossover looks similar to the Model 3 but has room for a third row of seating – an essential offering considering light trucks and SUVs captured 69% of the market in 2018. Here’s a condensed outlook for the Model Y so you know what to expect.
Production of the Tesla Model Y is set to begin in the summer of 2020, while standard range versions will enter production in early 2021. North America will see the Model Y released about a year ahead of Europe and China.
Versions & Price
Model Y Performance – $61,000
Model Y Long Range AWD – $52,000
Model Y Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) – $48,000
Model Y Standard Range RWD – Approx. $39,000
- estimated EPA range – 230 miles (370 km)
- 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.9 seconds
- top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h)
- 18″ wheels (19’’ Sport Wheels for $1,500)
- Color other than white? Add $750-$2,000
- Black & white combo interior? Add $1,000
- Upgrade to 7 seats (from 5)? Add $3,000
- Upgrade from Autopilot to Full Self-Driving Capability? Add $7,000
- Supercharging – Pay Per Use
Why Pay Extra For The Performance Version?
Model Y Performance includes:
- Quicker acceleration: 0-60 mph in 3.5s
- Top speed: up to 150 mph
- 20’’ Performance Wheels
- Performance Brakes
- Carbon fiber spoiler
- Lowered suspension
- Aluminum alloy pedal
- Track Mode
According to Tesla, “Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two independent motors. Unlike traditional all-wheel drive systems, these two motors digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels—for far better handling and traction control. Your car can drive on either motor, so you never need to worry about getting stuck on the road. If one motor stops working, you can safely continue to your destination with the second.”
Just like with previous Tesla releases, there’s considerable hype around the Model Y. While many people love their Model 3, there are loads more that won’t buy an EV unless it’s a crossover or SUV. Hence Elon Musk’s decision to release the Model Y to appeal to a broader set of American consumers.
If you’re ready to design and pre-order your own Model Y, you can do so here for $2,500.