After weeks of teasers, Tesla has finally shown the public its new Model Y crossover vehicle at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California.
The vehicle is based on the core design of the Model 3 sedan, but with a larger body, and a third row, for seating for up to 7 people. It’s a crossover: a tall body sitting on a basic car platform. Crossovers have taken over sedans in sales, so Tesla’s plan to add another one to the lineup, in addition to the Model X, makes sense.
The base Model Y (“Standard Range”) starts at $39,000 (R562 910.40), accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, and can travel 230 miles (370 km) on a single charge. It will be the last version available, starting deliveries in spring 2021. The Long Range model starts at $47,000 (R678 379.20) and will get up to 300 miles (483 km) of range. The Dual Motor AWD will cost $51,000 (R736 113.60) and will travel 280 miles (450 km). The Performance model starts at $60,000 (R866 016.00), will have 280 miles (450km) of range, and go zero-to-60 in 3.5 seconds. Those three will begin deliveries in fall 2020.
The Model Y will work with Tesla’s V3 Superchargers, which are capable of delivering 1,000 miles (1 609.34 km) of travel per hour of charging.
The Model Y is Tesla’s fourth vehicle, following the first Roadster, the Model S sedan, the Model X (another crossover, based on the Model S), and the Model 3. Yes, if you count the 3 as an E, the lineup spells SEXY. Typical Tesla cheekiness, which CEO Elon Musk referenced multiple times during the unveiling.
For interested buyers, Tesla will soon start taking reservations in the United States for $2,500 (R36 084.00) deposits.
Originally published on Popular Mechanics
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