Plenty has been made of the fact that Tesla is tackling a huge potential market with the Model Y. Crossovers and small SUVs are big business right now, and Elon Musk & Co. are fully aware that the demand for a more affordable auto than the Model X - but with similar SUV-esque styling cues - is considerable. He knew there'd be a crossover, which would have to be the X, and with S and X he was two-thirds of the way to spelling out "SEX", which to his schoolboy sense of humor was hilarious. The last one of these was the Model-Y in Blue.
Really, this was Musk's thinking. We'll keep you updated on the latest. Tesla also has a host of other competitors that will deliver cars similar to the Model-Y.
While the Model Y had a prominent launch, many [indices: WALL|Wall Street] analysts were underwhelmed, which likely lowered Tesla share price.
The Model Y is about 10 percent larger than the Model 3. The vehicle has a.23 drag coefficient. And, Tesla notes on its configurator, "all cars have premium interior and sound". One thing that struck us about the Model-Y is how Tesla is still influenced by Porsche's aesthetics.
The basic model is priced at $40,200 including a $1200 destination charge. But last week, Tesla reversed course and said it would leave many stores open and raised prices back by about 3 per cent. However, many questions are still prevailing over everyone's mind regarding the completion of production of Model Y. It's still unclear where the company will be manufacturing Model Y but there's a possibility that it will be built in its Giga factory in Nevada, as informed by Tesla previously.
After the event, Tesla's website included a page to "design and order" the more expensive, long range version of the vehicle with rear-wheel drive, available next year.
Higher-end versions will start delivery in the autumn of next year. This gets you 300 miles of range, a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, and 130mph top speed. The standard battery will have a range of 230 miles with the long-range version capable of 300 miles on a single charge. Look for the Performance trim to launch in the fall of 2020.
A dual-motor, all-wheel drive version of the Model Y starts at 51,000 US dollars while the performance version of the vehicle, which boasts acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour (97 kph) in as little as 3.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 150 miles per hour (241 kph), starts at 60,000 USA dollars. It'll sticker for $52,200.
Still, the Model Y, like all Tesla models, has already seen pre-production delays. At first look-for a vehicle that won't arrive for Americans until late 2020-Tesla was ready not just to build the hype, but help show right away how the Model Y pencils out. It will also race from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96.6 kph) in 5.5 seconds and have a top speed of 130 miles per hour (209.2 kph).
What are your thoughts on the Model Y production forecast, Model 3 demand, and any puzzle pieces in this realm that I'm ignoring? Even Tesla's elusive ute, which was mentioned before the idea seemed practical, now has competition from another start-up Rivian, and the world's best-selling pickup maker, Ford.
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