Tesla has finally revealed its new Model Y SUV, the electric car specialist is expecting it to overtake the Model 3 as the brand's most popular car when it reaches the market in the third quarter of 2020.
The mid-size Model Y will allow Tesla to compete directly with the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC and the BMW i3X.
Tesla has confirmed it will offer the Model Y in Standard Range, Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive and Performance grades with prices starting at $39,990 US dollars in its home market.
The Standard Range ($47,000 US) entry model (likely to be the last to market given Tesla’s history) is said to offer a 370km driving range and a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds. The Long Range is capable of 480km on a full charge and is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds.
Moving to the Dual Motor AWD ($51,000 US) version sees the driving range jump to 448km, while the dash from 0-100km/h takes 4.8 seconds. The range-topping Performance model ($60,000 US) offers an identical range but takes only 3.5 seconds to run from 0-100km/h.
In terms of features, the Model Y gets a panoramic glass roof, up to 1900-litres of luggage space, keyless operation via a smartphone and a single 15-inch touchscreen interface.
Tesla claims the Model Y is designed to be the safest mid-size SUV. It’s new from the ground up and offers a low centre of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones.
The brand is also talking up the aerodynamic design along with the latest battery technology which achieves greater range with less energy.
When the Model Y will make it to Australia is anyone's guess. The Model 3 still hasn’t reached Oz so those keen on a Model Y will need patience.
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