Tesla Model Y electric crossover revealed – deliveries to begin in fall 2020

Electric cars are now officially S3XY. Tesla revealed the final component of Elon Musk’s suggestive orthographic adventure at the usual sound-and-light show at the Hawthorne Design Studio.

There were few surprises, other than the fact that Tesla will offer an optional 7-seat configuration. The Y’s form factor is both practical (it’s smaller than the X, but apparently offers more usable cargo capacity than the 3) and stylish (don’t call it a hatchback – according to Tesla, it’s a mid-size SUV – and whatever you do, do not mention that it looks just like a Prius).

Tesla has said that Model Y shares about 75 percent of its components with Model 3, which should allow a cheaper and faster production ramp, and that the new vehicle will “most likely” be manufactured at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.

Model Y boasts a 0.23 drag coefficient and 66 cubic feet of cargo space. It will offer up to 300 miles of range, a 0-60 time as low as 3.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 150 mph.



“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car, so this thing will be really tight on corners,” said Elon Musk. “This will be the safest mid-sized SUV by far.”

Musk also implied that Model Y will have all the hardware required for full self-driving functionality: “The cool thing is, it’s ‘feature complete’…It will be able to do basically anything just with software upgrades.”

Deliveries of the $47,000 Long Range version, with 300 miles of range, along with the $60,000 performance version, are expected to begin in fall 2020. The $39,000 Standard Range variant, with 230 miles of range, is promised for spring 2021.

The Model Y online design studio is now open, and buyers can place an order with a $2,500 deposit.



Sources: Tesla, Electrek, EVannex, InsideEVs, The Verge

  • Ormond Otvos

    I expected more interior size and styling. Betcha it sells meh.

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      Betcha how much? And let’s be numerate about “meh” — I might want to take you up on that.

  • sickofgovwaste

    Disagree 100% with you, Ormond. This thing is right-sized and perfectly positioned. Many, like myself, wanted the hatch, but not the size of the S. There will be more competition when it arrives (see the VW ID Crozz, for example), but the Tesla name has cachet, so we’ll see when it actually hits shelves.

    Curious, to the writer, what was the reference about mistaking this for a Prius?! Were you smoking weed with Musk & Rogan, too? That comment was idiotic….sorry, but this looks NOTHING like a prius.

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      Yeah, I think you’re right.

      I do want to say a few words in defense of Model 3 not having a hatch though, because it is something that is much misunderstood. I frequently hear people say Tesla was “idiotic” not to give it a hatch.

      In brief: batteries pack about 0.25 kWh/kg of energy. Drag totally dominates energy expenditure when going fast. Aero is therefore extremely important in making good EVs. Slightly worse aero means a bigger battery is needed for the same range, and that adds weight and cost, and make it slower to recharge in miles per hour terms. It’s no good charging at 10% more kW if you need 20% more energy.

      Now, a hatch must be hinged on something. If Model 3 had been a hatchback, it would be taller. It would have more drag. That would make it significantly worse as a grand tourer, but most importantly, more expensive to make because it would need a bigger battery.

      I completely understand that there are many people who would rather have slightly impaired long-distance driving in exchange for everyday practicality. Model Y brings that, and meanwhile battery prices should decline 15% more. But the car still gets more expensive, starting at $39k rather than $35k.

      Model 3 is a very conscious, deliberate design. Not making a hatch is the kind of bold move that can provide big payoffs. And I don’t think Tesla could, back in 2016, have presented their long awaited step three in the infamous “secret master plan” as a $45k hatchback. The price point, and the range and performancee, were what generated the huge buzz, and the buzz seems to have been necessary. Even now, with Model 3 production high and steady, Tesla is far from out of the woods. It’s difficult to imagine them still existing if not for the “idiotic” decision to let go of the hatch.

      • sickofgovwaste

        Your points are well-taken, Mr. J. The price on the Y may have to change, given this news about Fisker https://insideevs.com/fisker-reveals-electric-crossover-40000-price/
        Imho, the VW ID Crozz may become the vehicle to beat, because of VW’s sheer might, economies of scale (5+ vehicles based upon the same platform/battery/chassis), and engineering prowess. That vehicle is beautiful, rivaling the sexiness of Tesla sheet metal, to me anyway…
        Price advantage has got to be with VW–and that could be huge!
        Charging network goes to Tesla, but that’s subject to change with all the dough that VW is slated to infuse into the U.S. network.
        Exciting times for EV enthusiasts, indeed!

    • freedomev

      It looks like and is a slopeback sedan with little to gain vs a 3. It isn’t practical as a CUV as it isn’t one.
      Now it is a mom mobile just like the X. So unless you need to haul 5-6 kids and 2 of them small, it for most won’t be worth the extra cost, less range or wait for it.
      Luckily both are getting a towing package.

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        I’ve seen the report at elbil24.no, but can’t find any statement from Tesla or original source in which Straubel confirms this for Model 3. The Y, yes, there are several sources, but I don’t dare yet to expect it for Model 3. Now I’ve bought one, I’ve got skin in the game and would be glad if it could tow as well. (In Norway, third party add-ons for stuff like this is illegal, and cops do enforce it.)