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Tesla Reveals their Crossover SUV, the Model Y

The Model Y from Tesla is a stunning new crossover SUV that will undoubtedly help the car maker tap into this segment of the market. Pricing will range from approximately $39,000 to $60,000 depending how you want to configure your electric SUV. Overall, the Model Y is around 10 percent larger than its Model 3 sibling and it will comfortably seat up to seven people. Features include a 66 cubic feet cargo space, a panoramic glass roof, and up to four trims for buyers to choose from.

2019 Model Y Pictures

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2019 Tesla Model Y Specs

2019 Tesla Model Y Specs

MSRP: $39,000 to $60,000
Driving Range: 230 to 300 miles
Zero-to-60: 3.5 to 5.5 seconds
Seats: 7
Cargo Space: 66 cubic feet
Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive
Recharge Time: 15 minutes per 168 miles
Cameras: 360 degree (rear, side and forward-facing)
Radar Range: 525 feet (160 meters)
Ultrasonic Sensors: 12

Tesla Model Y Videos

What Does Tesla Have to Say?

Like every Tesla, Model Y is designed to be the safest vehicle in its class. The low center of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones provide unparalleled protection.

Versatile seating and storage for cargo and passengers.

Easy access to the trunk makes loading and unloading convenient.

Model Y provides maximum versatility—able to carry 7 passengers and their cargo. Each second row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more. The liftgate opens to a low trunk floor that makes loading and unloading easy and quick.

Capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road with superior traction control.

Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two ultra-responsive, independent electric motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels—for far better handling, traction and stability control. Model Y is capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road.

Model Y is fully electric, so you never need to visit a gas station again. If you charge overnight at home, you can wake up to a full battery every morning. And when you’re on the road, it’s easy to plug in along the way—at any public station or with the Tesla charging network. We currently have over 12,000 Superchargers worldwide, with six new locations opening every week.

All new Tesla cars come standard with emergency braking, collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and more. Model Y will have Full Self-Driving capability, enabling automatic driving on city streets and highways pending regulatory approval, as well as the ability to come find you anywhere in a parking lot.

Model Y Trim Configurations & Details

Let’s take a closer look at buyer’s four trim options.

#1 Standard-range Model Y

MSRP: $39,000
Range: 230 miles

A standard-range Y, which gets up to 230 miles of range, has a top-speed of 120 miles per hour and costs $39,000 (to be delivered in the spring of 2021)

#2 Long-range Model Y

MSRP: $47,000
Range: 300 miles

The long-range Model Y which gets up to 300 miles of range, has a top-speed of 130 miles per hour and costs $47,000 (to be delivered fall of 2020)

#3 Dual-motor, All-wheel-drive Model Y

MSRP: $51,000
Range: 280 miles

The dual-motor, all-wheel drive Model Y which gets up to 280 miles of range, has a top-speed of 135 miles per hour and costs $51,000 (to be delivered in the fall of 2020)

#4 Performance Model Y

MSRP: $60,000
Range: 150 miles

And the performance Model Y which gets up to 280 miles of range, has a top speed of 150 miles per hour and costs $60,000 (to be delivered in the fall of 2020)

From Around the Web

Let’s see what fellow automotive bloggers have to say about Tesla’s Model Y announcement:


According to

Look closely, and the Model Y looks pretty familiar, as about 75 percent of its DNA comes from the Model 3. As a crossover, it’s slightly larger, and will eventually be offered as a three-row vehicle, seating seven, though a two-row version will be offered first.

Inside, the Model Y is reminiscent of the 3 as well, with a simple, clean interior, glass roof, and the dash dominated by a central touchscreen. That 15-inch screen is oriented horizontally, and contains all the vehicle’s main functions — infotainment, HVAC, vehicle settings and the like — similar to the interface in the Model 3. Like other Teslas, the Y connects to the Tesla app to control certain functions and settings remotely, including locking/unlocking, preconditioning, Tesla’s Summon feature and location tracking.

As for Autopilot, Musk said self-driving capabilities will arrive sometime this year. If regulators agree, it’ll be “safe enough to not pay attention.” The hardware is all built in. It’ll just need software upgrades to achieve those capabilities.

Musk has high hopes for the Model Y. He said Tesla expects to sell more Model Ys than S, X and 3 combined.

Tesla plans to build the Model Y for the U.S. market at its Gigafactory in Nevada. Model Y units destined for China will be built at the Gigafactory that is currently under construction in Shanghai.

Yahoo! News

According to Yahoo! News:

Tesla hasn’t offered a new SUV to tap into that demand since it began producing its Model X vehicles in 2015. The X features falcon-wing doors, which delighted some drivers but repelled others. The Model Y ditches this feature.

According to Musk, however, the Model Y will share about 75 percent of its components with the company’s Model 3 electric sedans, allowing Tesla to start manufacturing the new SUV for far less money that it spent to begin producing the Model 3.

Auto-makers typically share parts across new models, and sometimes build different models on shared assembly lines. This helps them control costs and get new vehicles to the market relatively quickly.

In the past, Tesla missed its part-sharing goals, production and sales targets.

Its Model X was supposed to share a majority of its parts with Tesla’s Model S, but it only wound up sharing around 30 percent after Musk originally planned for 60 percent.


According to MotorTrend:

On stage, Musk claimed a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, but we have to strap in our VBOX test gear to verify that in the near future. After turning the Tesla around, the driver does a bad interpretation of a slalom, and even though the turns he made weren’t especially precise, the Model Y acquits itself well. Floor-mounted battery packs provide for a lower center of gravity and impart familiar and still impressive maneuverability. For an SUV, it sticks to the ground, and there’s hardly any head toss inside the cabin.

Musk bragged that his crossover rides like a sports car with the functionality of an SUV. That’s a hard statement to validate after spending just two minutes riding in the Model Y, but its quick acceleration and ground-hugging handling makes us want to take this crossover on a canyon road.

As we return to the alley, I look around the cabin and have the same impression our own Kim Reynolds had when he rode in a Model 3 for the first time: It feels like a fishbowl inside. With the huge panoramic moonroof and large side windows, the Tesla Model Y has a sense of freedom. The seats feel like they’re positioned a little bit higher, reminding me of the ride height of the Jaguar I-Pace – not too high, but not too close to the ground.

As rides go, this one was all too brief. But fear not, MotorTrend won’t be sitting in the passenger seat for long. Soon enough we’ll be behind the wheel of the Model Y and confirming its acceleration, handling, braking and range, as we have with its Model S, X and 3 siblings. Stay tuned.

Car and Driver

Here’s what Car and Driver says:

Like the Model 3, the Model Y will eventually be available in the cost-leader Standard Range trim, but the first variants to launch will be the Long Range and Performance models. Long Range models can be fitted with either rear or all-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is standard on the Model Y Performance. The Performance model will offer slightly less range (280 miles versus 300, according to Tesla), but it comes with 20-inch wheels, a lowered suspension, a higher top speed (150 mph), and a dedicated Track mode. When the Standard Range variant becomes available, buyers can expect a driving range of about 230 miles.

The Model Y won’t come with the larger Model X crossover’s complicated Falcon Wing doors, but its interior looks to be mostly carryover from the Model 3 sedan. Like that car, it is largely free of buttons and will rely mostly on a large infotainment display centered on a simple dashboard. An all-glass roof lends an airy ambiance to the cabin but will be heavily tinted to avoid roasting occupants in Sun Belt states. The optional third row of seats will reportedly cost $3000 and won’t be available until later in the Model Y’s production cycle. The Long Range and Performance variants—which will be priced at $48,200 and $61,200, respectively—are available to order now from Tesla’s website, and the company claims that deliveries will start in fall 2020.

Top Speed

Top Speed said the following:

Tesla hasn’t even put the model 3 into production quite yet, and it’s already working to generate hype around the Model Y – the car that will complete the S3XY lineup. So far there have been very few details revolving around the mysterious model, but recently more has come to light, including the teaser image that was just released at Tesla’s 2017 annual shareholder meeting. Originally slated to be underpinned by the same platform used for the upcoming Model 3, it is now being said that the Model Y will get its own brand-new platform that should be ready for production by the end of the decade. Much like the Model 3 is to the Model S, the Model Y should be a smaller and more basic alternative the Model X, offering up Tesla’s famed AutoPilot, but without all of the other niceties found in the brand’s more expensive models.

So, the plan is for the Model Y to go on sale for the 2019 model year, but as the story usually goes over at Tesla, 2019 will likely be the pre-order period with deliveries taking place by 2020 at the earliest. The Model Y would tackle models like the BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class, among others. We should hear more about the Model Y when the Tesla Semi-Truck debuts in September. So, with that said, let’s take a better look at the rendering we created and speculate a little on what we can expect from the Model Y.