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.
At the latest shareholder’s meeting Elon Musk revealed some really interesting pieces of information about Tesla’s future. Not only he basically confirmed a truck but he also showcased a picture of the upcoming Tesla Model Y. The car has been rumored for a while now but so far not much was known about it. Many of us expected it to be based on the same platform as the lesser Model 3 but with a different body. However, it seems that this is not true.
A bespoke platform?
Elon said that making the Model X on the same platform as the Model S was a mistake. He also suggested that they are not going to make the same mistake with the upcoming Model Y. Even though the crossover will be only slightly larger, and likely slightly more expensive, than the Model 3, it will be using a new chassis. The main reason for this will be cost-cutting. Elon said that they currently need 1.5 km for making the wiring harness for the Model 3 while for the Model Y they will only need 100 meters. On top of that having a crossover platform will allow them to better focus on the strong points of this type of car. Expect a higher ground clearance, likely a longer wheelbase with a wider track and possibly larger batteries that will fit under the car’s floor. These alone should be well worth the upgrade. On top of that the cheaper platform will allow Tesla to expand even more, so they will be able to release new cars in the future.
Up until a few days ago we knew nothing about how the Tesla Model Y was going to look like. Well, this changed since Elon tweeted a teaser picture of the car. Even though the picture only showcases the car’s front end, it is quite clear that it isn’t the same as the Model 3. For starters, it seems the headlights are swept back, the fenders are much wider than on the sedan while the hood has a more dramatic set of design-lines. The car’s grille seems to be squarer and, despite being a crossover, it looks like it boasts a splitter. The picture doesn’t show any mirrors or any real details on the car’s front end. Despite that we can safely assume the Model Y will be a major step forward for Tesla’s corporate design. Unfortunately so far that’s the only real piece of information we received. We do hope in the near future Elon will also reveal some details about the Model Y’s interior.
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.