Tesla unveils Model Y
Tesla’s toing and froing over model pricing and the destiny of its showrooms might’ve left you with some whiplash.
But, today the US car maker has kept its word, unveiling the all new Model Y in San Francisco — if not twenty minutes late, in typical Tesla style.
Company owner Elon Musk has touted the all-electric seven-seater will be the safest mid-sized SUV in the world, expected to get the highest safety rating in every category.
He also says the SUV will likely outsell the Model X and Model 3 — combined.
Included will be a panoramic sunroof that “feels just like a Model 3” according to Musk, as well as a “fair amount of range” (482km in Long Range, 370km in Standard Range) and “great handling, thanks to a very low centre of gravity”.
‘Incredible performance’ is another promise for the Model Y, with acceleration from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds on Performance variants, while Standard Range models take 5.9 seconds to triple digits.
Autopilot, smartphone entry and exit, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking and more will also be included.
Customers wanting to get their hands on one will be able to from next year, with Performance, Long Range rear-wheel drive and Dual-Motor all-wheel drive variants on the way.
A Standard Range will also be available with a starting price of US $39,000 ($55,000 AUD) — but not until 2021.
Tesla Model Y Prices
Dual Motor AWD:$72,039*
*Converted from USD, before on-road costs