Tesla Model Y – New Tesla car!
Back at the end of 2015 Elon Musk was tweeting that there is not going to be just a Model 3 but also a Model Y and even though quickly after that the tweet was deleted, the information remained. While we still think that was an intentional leak by Elon in order to make people more interested in its car, a Tesla Model Y would make a lot of sense in more areas than one. Let’s start with the name. Currently Tesla has on the market the S, soon the 3, the X and the rumored Y. If we take all these together, their name will spell S3XY which is an inside joke by Elon.
Unlike what the first rumors about the car said, the upcoming Y is not going to be a pickup truck but it is expected to be a slightly smaller crossover based on the same platform with the upcoming Model 3.
The two should share the same powertrain, chassis and most of the interior as well but the Model Y will be slightly taller and possibly longer as well and unlike the sedan shape of the Model 3 it should be offered as a five door crossover.
Release date of Tesla Model Y
The release date is unknown but we do know that a smaller capacity X will be coming in the next 12 months, the new Model 3 should be out in around 18 months while the Y is likely up to 3 to 4 years away.
The large development cycle of the Tesla Model Y is because they will have to basically redesign the body entirely.
Unlike the X which is using a rather futuristic body with gull-wing rear doors and a very sporty appearance, it seems that the upcoming Model Y might hit the market with a more conventional crossover shape which should allow a larger amount of people to get the car.
The regular Tesla design scheme should be carried over on this model as well so expect the grill-less front end, the rather sharp-looking headlights and tail lights and the general clean design which is unlike any other car out there.
Its cabin is less of a secret than its actual exterior design mainly because Tesla proved that they prefer sharing parts, so the Model Y will most definitely offer a nearly identical interior to that of the Model 3 in terms of design, materials and likely storage space as well.
The difference will come in the form of a bit more passenger space and likely an extra set of seats.
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Unfortunately by this point we don’t have all that much official information on what the Model 3 or Y are going to be powered by.
Tesla only announced that the 3 is going to get over 200 miles of all electric range, it will be able to hit 60 MPH in less than 6 seconds and it should be able to charge itself from a SuperCharger in under 30 minutes.
The Tesla Model Y should be quite similar to it but just like with what they did to the X, the Y will be offered only with the larger set of batteries available on the 3 in order to make it a more premium package. We expect the car to come with a 60 to 80 kWh battery pack and two, instead of one, electric motors.
These will offer a completely computer controlled all-wheel drive system and it should provide the Model Y more than 300 horsepower which is enough to get a medium sized crossover up to 60 MPH in around 6 seconds or right Tesla’s target.
The top speed will be limited like with most other electric cars but the range should be in the neighborhood of 200 miles which for a less than $45,000 electric crossover would be quite impressive.