The 2020 Tesla Model Y is CEO of the company Elon Musk’s first vehicle for entry into the competition for the electric compact SUV market. It’s scheduled for release this year and if you’re considering going electric and you’re looking for a vehicle with room for up to 7 and the latest in electric automotive technology, here are 10 things about the 2020 Tesla Model Y you might be interested in knowing.
1. It’s similar to the Model 3
The outward appearance of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is much like the Model 3 sedan. Both are compact in size, but the Model Y has the capacity for adding a third row of seats to hold up to 7 people. The new addition to the 2020 lineup was first introduced in March 2019 when a live stream of its performance capabilities was shown.
2. The claimed performance is impressive
The Model Y is an all-electric compact crossover that will roll off production lines with an impressive set of performance statistics. The claimed driving range is up to well over 300 miles on a single full charge for some variants of the Model Y. When it comes to power, the acceleration time is claimed to be excellent with a sprint time that moves the vehicle from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. This suggests that the car will have all the power that the average driver will need, but it stands to reason that romping on it will cut down the mileage range.
3. The Model Y Performance Model
This is one of three available models for the 2020 Model Y. The performance model will offer a lowered range of approximately 280 miles on a full charge. It will feature a lowered suspension and 20-inch wheels, but the top speed of this version will be at 150 mph and it will be equipped with a dedicated Track mode.
4. It will be offered in a Standard Range variant
The claimed range for the Standard variant will be 230 miles. It will be offered at a lower price than the other two, but you sacrifice range along with some of the other premium features that come with a higher price tag. This is the variant that will be considered the base model for the 2020 Model Y. We’ve learned that this is going to be one of the last of the three variants to become available for sale.
5. The Interior
You can expect the interior to be similar to that of the Model 3 sedan. You won’t find many buttons and the infotainment display will be placed in the center of an uncomplicated dashboard but it will be large in size. There will be heavy tinting on the all-glass roof for a feeling of being open and free yet protected from the rays of the sun.
6. The third-row seats will not be standard
It’s likely that the first release of the 2020 Model Y will not yet be available with the optional third-row seats. This is an add-on feature that is reported to be available at some point later in the production cycle of the model Y and it will cost an additional $3,000 if you want the additional passenger space. It will come without the extra seats, but that will give drivers a lot more cargo room.
7. The Standard Model Y
The Standard Model Y which is scheduled to be available later than the other two variants will feature the same large battery but will be equipped with a larger rear motor. Other differences include more power, a rear spoiler, and powertrain software that has been revised. It only loses a mile of range over the Long Range. When it comes to performance, the claims are in for 456 horsepower and 497 lb-ft of torque.
8. A Performance Upgrade Package is available
Tesla will also offer a Performance Upgrade Package that is called PUP for short. This package offers enhanced braking performance and better handling, but it will cost you 35 miles in range on a full charge. The claimed mileage is 315 versus the Long Range with 316.
9. Most functions are managed through the infotainment display
One of the more impressive things about the Model Y is the infotainment display that is slim in size but controls almost everything in the vehicle including climate control as well as showing the speedometer on the screen. It is expected that it will offer similar entertainment functions that are already included in Model 3. It will feature embedded YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix apps along with video games for entertainment while the battery is charging at public charging stations. This is set to be an impressive and user-friendly system once you get used to it. There may be a small learning curve because it’s something new, but once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze.
10. It’s loaded with a host of driver assistance and safety features
The 2020 Tesla Model Y will also come packed with a suite of driver assistance features. As standard fare, the advanced autopilot semi-autonomous driving system will be on board in the Long Rand and Performance variants. Additionally, self- parking along with a summon feature will be offered as optional add-ons. Standard safety features will include adaptive cruise control and this will feature a semi-autonomous driving mode. Lane departure warning alerts with lane-keeping assist systems are also included. Finally, an automated emergency braking system with pedestrian detection rounds out the safety features. On top of all of this add the generous warranty and maintenance coverage which will be for a period of 4 years or 50,000 miles limited warranty, and 8 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain. There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a fan of small compact SUVs of the electric persuasion.