What To Expect From The Tesla Model Y?

What we know so far about the upcoming Tesla Model YScreenshot from: Curious Elephant/Youtube

2018 leading to 2019 was a roller coaster ride for Tesla, but that’s not going to make them hit the breaks, for now. CEO Elon Musk announced that they would be unveiling the Tesla Model Yon March 14 at the Los Angeles Design Studio.

The Tesla Model Y is a compact Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV that will soon be introduced to Tesla’s growing family. It is reported to nestle between the cheapest, Model 3, and the more expensive Model S and Model X.

During the unveiling, Musk said that detailed specs and pricing would also be announced and test rides on the Model Y will be demonstrated.

Model Y is pegged to be Tesla’s best selling vehicle among the four models the company has available in the market. “The demand for Model Y will be maybe 50% higher than Model 3 — could be even double,” Musk told investors on a conference call in January when he announced the Model Y would be going into production next year.

If his figures are correct, the Model Y will have a chance to become the bestselling SUV of any kind — gas or electric — in the United States, a title currently held by the Toyota Rav 4.

Other than Tesla, no one has seen the Model Y in broad daylight, but the company CEO has taken the past four years to give us a definitive outline of what to expect. So here’s what we know so far:


It’s like the Model 3, but bigger!

Musk said in a tweet that,” Model Y, being an SUV, is about 10% bigger than Model 3, so will cost about 10% more & have slightly less range for the same battery.”

So far, the only look we have at the Model Y are the two black-and-white teaser sketches released by Tesla. Based on the vague and blurry photos, the Model Y will have design cues from the Model X and the Model 3.

Moreover, The Roadtrack says that the Model Y will share most of its components with the Model 3. “The Model Y will in fact be using substantial carryover from Model 3 in order to bring it to market faster,” Musk said during a quarterly financial call. Doing so will also make production less costly and justify another assembly line.

What it won’t have is the “Falcon Wing” door system of the Model X. The upward-swinging door system has been an issue with the Model X and replacing it with a standard regular swinging door might be a better decision.

Overall, the Model Y is expected to be similar to the Model 3 in terms of width, length, and wheelbase, but would be a little taller.

It’s a tad bit more expensive than the Model 3

Musk announced that the Model Y would be 10% more expensive than the Model 3. It would, when the Model Y is expected to be bigger than the Model 3.

The cheapest Model 3 starts at a base price of $35,000 for a single-motor, rear-wheel drive, shortest range, and most basic interior. But, we won’t be expecting Tesla’s pegged best selling vehicle to be that cheap.

Perhaps, it’s safer to assume that the Tesla Y will have the Model 3’s dual-motor, all-wheel drive functionality at a rough base price of 10% over $52,000.

It won’t take you further

All Musk said on his tweet is that the Model Y will reach less than the Model 3, working with the same battery. That makes sense since a bigger car will be heavier and will need more power to drive around.

Depending on which Model 3 Musk refers to, the Model Y is pegged to range between Model 3’s standard range (220 miles) and long-range (325 miles).

Will still have cutting edge tech

Tesla vehicles have built on the foundation that electric cars aren’t only environmentally friendly but possess one of the most cutting edge technology in a car.

The electric vehicle company has banked on touchscreen-focused dashboards and features like Autopilot and Autopark. Moreover, their vehicles are updated through over-the-air software which keeps drivers away from service centers.

The Model Y will undoubtedly follow suit with the reputation Tesla has built on. But it seems likely that it will borrow designs from Model 3. It will have a wide, uninterrupted swathe of dashboard – with hidden vents – topped with a large, landscape-orientation touchscreen

Like the Model 3, the Model Y will have the Autopilot option. Currently, Autopilot is a $3,000 option on the Model 3. The “Full Self-Driving Capability” package is a further $5,000. And later in 2019, Tesla promises, the system should also be able to drive automatically on city streets, where it will be able recognizing and responding to traffic.

We’ll know more on Thursday March 14

Nothing is entirely sure until Tesla unveils the Model Y tonight. Until then, we’ll just have to sit tight and wait.

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