Tesla is still going strong and they’re currently working on a new vehicle that they call the Model Y. It’s an all electric car that fits neatly into the compact crossover category which seems to be one of the most popular choices or new car buyers on the market these days. We’re here to take a closer look at this new car which is currently at the point in development where the brand is comfortable in making it official, but we’re told that it’s geared for release for sale to the public some time in 2020.
A practical car for 2020
What we’ve learned about Tesla’s new 2020 All Electric model Y is that it is based upon the model 3 only in a slightly taller version. The new sedan will be smaller than the Model X from the brand and it will eliminate the “falcon” rear doors found in Tesla SUVs instead making use of conventional doors. The intention behind the Model Y is to create a vehicle with an all electric motor and offer it for a price that makes it more affordable so it will be within the reach of the masses. This is Elon Musk’s contribution to the world in the new vehicle that will be more spacious than its predecessor, the Model 3, with a third row of seats that gives it a capacity for seating seven passengers comfortably. It has been a long time in coming and Musk is finally making good on the promise. He asserts that Tesla is now taking orders for the new Model Y for reservations with a deposit of just 2,500 and that the first deliveries of the new vehicle will commence some time in the fall of 2020.
Specifications of the 2020 Tesla Y Model
The automaker is claiming that the new vehicle will offer an all-electric range of 300 miles. When it comes to acceleration, power won’t be an issue as it will be capable of moving from a stand still to 60 miles per hour in a matter of just 5.5 seconds for the Long Range model of the new car. It is currently estimated that the base price of this vehicle which will be the first to be delivered, will be set at 48,200. This will be a rear wheel drive automobile.
Another model Y soon to follow
Tesla has also announced that the Model Y will be available in a standard range edition which is slated to be released in the spring of 2021. This edition will offer a range of 230 miles in its all-electric format, and the expected price for this yet more affordable version will be set at 440,200. We’ve also learned that two all wheel drive models are coming for 2020 with deliveries scheduled for the fall, with a range of 280 miles with front and rear dual motors. The price for each of the AWD vehicles will be $52,200. With regard to performance, the dual motor AWD claims acceleration from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and the asking price will be $61,200. For an additional $3,000 on top of this you can have it delivered with a third row of seats.
Absence of gimmicks
Tesla made the choice to do without the gull wing rear doors found in the Model X. they wanted to keep it simple in order to keep the price of the car as low as possible. The styling is akin to the Model 3s with the exceptions of the taller body and a different roof line. The interior of the model Y is also similar and will include a large 15.0 inch touchscreen which will take up a decent sized space of the dash board along with a couple of other controls. The cargo space is found beneath the hood. You’ll also find this model equipped with Autopilot semi-autonomous driving features.
Model Y owners will have access to a network of Tesla’s Supercharger network with fast-chargers and charges will apply to drivers in increments of kilowatt hours just like they are currently for many of the other Tesla models. Manufacturing of the Model Y is scheduled to take place at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory plant along with the Shanghai, China plant which is currently under construction. The goal, according to Musk is that Tesla will achieve a number of one million cars built globally within the next year. They are currently at the 500,000 mark.