Tesla Model Y mid-size SUV unveiled

Tesla has unveiled its fourth passenger car in the form of the Model Y mid-size SUV. Slotting below the larger Model X in Tesla’s fast expanding portfolio, the Model Y is underpinned by the same platform as the Model 3 sedan and will be offered in Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance variants.

Depending on variants, the Model Y has a seating capacity of seven adults. At the top of the pecking order, the Model Y Performance variants pack a high-efficiency powertrain and ultra-responsive motors that enable 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration in as little as 3.5 seconds and a limited top speed of up to 150 mph (240 km/h)

Claimed to offer excellent handling for any road condition, the Model Y’s standard battery will have 230 miles (370 km) of range, while Model Y Long Range will be able to travel up to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.

Inside, Model Y’s panoramic glass roof and high seating mirror that of the Model X. It creates a feeling of spaciousness and offers an expansive view from every seat in the vehicle. The front boot and split-folding second-row seats provide a total of 66 cubic feet (1868 litres) of storage space.

Like Model 3, Model Y requires no keys, but instead connects to your smartphone for seamless entry and exit, with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface inside for all of the car’s controls. Model Y also connects with the Tesla Mobile app for unique, easy-to-access features like remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.

The Model Y is compatible with Tesla’s current Supercharger network of more than 12,000 Superchargers in 36 countries, as well as our new V3 Superchargers which can charge at rates up to 1,000 miles per hour.

Deliveries in the US are expected to begin in 2020 for Model Y Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants, and 2021 for the USD$39,000 Model Y Standard Range.

The Model Y is expected to hit Australian showrooms in late 2021 with pricing and specification to be confirmed closer to local launch.

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