By John McCann Tesla is completing its S, 3, X, Y lineup with a compact SUV – here’s what we know so far about the Tesla Model Y.
The Tesla Model Y is the first mid-size SUV from the electric car maker, completing the firm’s tongue-in-cheek S, 3, X, Y vehicle lineup.
It’s a smaller version of the Model X, with five or seven seats and a lower price tag.
Details of the Model Y were initially scarce for months following its announcement, but at its official launch at Tesla’s LA Design Studio in March 2019 we were given a handful of specs.
Fast-forward a year, and the first customers have taken delivery of their Tesla Model Y – in the US, at least – which means we know a lot more about the all-electric SUV. We’ve collated all the important information on the Model Y, so here’s everything you need to know…
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Tesla Model Y price and availability
You can order a Tesla Model Y right now in the US, with deliveries having started in March 2020, and Tesla is currently quoting an eight-to-12 week lead time for new orders at time of writing (May 2020).
However, currently you can only choose from the pricier dual-motor all-wheel-drive Long Range and Performance models, as the most affordable Tesla Model Y variant (the Standard Range spec level) won’t be available until early 2021.
|Standard Range||Long Range||Performance|
|Range (miles)||230||316||Up to 315|
|Top Speed (mph)||120||135||Up to 155|
The Tesla Model Y comes as a 5-seater as standard, but a 7-seated Model Y will be made available in 2021 – it’ll cost you an additional $3,000 (around £2,500, AU$4,600) for those seats.
Tesla will bring the Model Y to more countries, including the UK and Australia, but details of its price and release date outside of the US have yet to be confirmed.
What is the Tesla Model Y?
“It starts with a Y, ends with a Y, and has Y in the middle,” announced Tesla CEO Elon Musk cryptically as he introduced the latest vehicle in his company’s lineup at its California Design Studio.
The Tesla Model Y is an all-electric compact SUV, and will be available in three variants: Standard Range, Long Range and Performance.
The Model Y seats up to seven (although initially it’s only available as a 5-seater), with a panoramic glass roof like the Model 3, and high seating. The front trunk and split-folding second-row seats provide 68 cubic feet (1.9 cubic meters) of storage space.
The Model Y has no keys, and is instead locked and unlocked using a smartphone app. The car also supports remote unlock, summon, remote pre-conditioning, and speed limit mode. Infotainment is controlled via a single 15-inch touchscreen in the dashboard.
Musk is clearly aware of the value of this market, referring to it at the “biggest product segment in the world”, with electric challengers including the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi e-Tron and Kia e-Niro.