Tesla CEO Elon Musk is walking back earlier statements that the company’s upcoming Model Y SUV will leverage an all-new architecture. During Tesla’s second-quarter earnings call the CEO said top management “walked him off the cliff of insanity” by talking him into utilizing the Model 3 platform for the Model Y.
Earlier this year Musk stated publicly that he planned to develop an all-new platform for the Model Y. A new architecture would provide them more autonomy in developing the SUV, something they admit was a problem with the conversion from Model S to Model X.
At the time Musk quoted a launch timeline for the Model Y of late 2019 or early 2020.
The reversal of the new platform plan should push that time line up a little, though Musk declined to offer an updates in that regard.
It is worth noting that automakers develop crossover SUVs off of car platforms on a routine basis, so this isn’t exactly something novel to accomplish.
The Model Y is expected to be a compact electric SUV. Tesla released the above teaser image of the SUV recently, while also confirming plans to offer a variant of the Model X’s controversial rear falcon wing doors.