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Tesla Reveals Fairly Unremarkable Model Y

Tesla Reveals Fairly Unremarkable Model Y

After some teasing, Tesla has taken the wraps off its next new product: the Model Y. The Model Y may be the most normal Tesla product launch to date; it’s just a crossover version of the Model 3. Actually, calling it a crossover may be a stretch; it’s more like a taller Model 3 with a hatchback.

There really isn’t much in the way of new things here. The Model Y is quite literally a taller Model 3. Their exterior designs are nearly identical, as is the interior. This similarity comes as little surprise give the mission of the Model Y is more about Tesla paying their bills more so than trying to reinvent the crossover, a strategy leveraged on the Model X.

Tesla does have one small surprise with the Model Y, though. The company says they will offer an optional third row seat, giving it a total seating for seven passengers.

Eventually the Model Y will allegedly carry a base price of $39,000 for the Standard model. However, like the Model 3, that version will be the last one to launch in an overall launch cadence that starts in fall 2020. A full chart of the Model Y’s trim levels, power, range and price points is below.

Model Standard Range Long Range Dual Motor AWD Performance
Range 230 miles 300 miles 280 miles 280 miles
Top Speed 120 mph 130 mph 135 mph 150 mph
0-60 MPH 5.9 sec 5.5 sec 4.8 sec 3.5 sec
Price $39,000 $44,000 $51,000 $60,000
Launch Spring 2021 Fall 2020 Fall 2020 Fall 2020





 

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    tripowergto
    It looks like a Model 3 blowfish to my eyes. Not attractive nor desirable whatsoever, but I suppose the Tesla fanatics will adore it.

    Why is their stock down 5% today given the big announcement?


    They are realign a vehicle that won't start selling for 1 /12 years. Must be something with that...
    tripowergto
    It looks like a Model 3 blowfish to my eyes. Not attractive nor desirable whatsoever, but I suppose the Tesla fanatics will adore it.

    Why is their stock down 5% today given the big announcement?
    Tone
    Seems like a more traditional squared off rear -- even if it tapers like a RR Evoke -- would provide more passenger and cargo room and differentiate the Model Y better from the Model3. Even from an aero point of view, such shapes can be quite slippery if designed correctly.
    donmateo
    Looks like a Prius.
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