Tesla Model Y compact SUV revealed with 300-mile range

16 March, 2019, 06:38 | Author: Erin Carter
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Tesla has held parties like this in the past, including for the Semi electric truck and the Roadster refresh unveilings in November 2017, and for the solar roof display in October 2016.

It's fair to say the automaker is up against an entirely different set of hurdles than it was on March 31, 2016.

Expectations from the Model Y were, therefore, fairly low in terms of just how SUV-inspired its design might be.

But now that Tesla has revealed its Model Y it's worth considering the lead time between reveal and delivery into showrooms here in Australia.

"There is clearly a large market for the M3, and likely the Model Y, but this seems to fall short of more aggressive expectations given vehicle prices seem too high, in our opinion", Irwin said. The point of a vehicle like this is to build it on the same line as its sister model, reduce tooling investments and supply chain variation to a minimum and get it to market rapidly so it can start boosting profit margins.

The covers are officially off, and at first glance the much-anticipated Model Y looks to be a proper contender in the compact crossover market.

The Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive will also offer 280 miles range but with a top speed of 135 mph and a 0-60 of 4.0 seconds.

One question has been, would Tesla introduce a base version Model Y to match its recently released $US35,000 Model 3 ($A49,800 at today's rates) from the get go, rather than starting the premium Long Range and Performance versions as has been its modus operandi for the Model 3.

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The cheaper version of the new vehicle starts with a battery that will last drivers for up to 230 miles. He said it would do 0 to 60 miles-per-hour in 3.5 seconds with an actual true usable range of 300 miles.

Getting the Model Y into production quickly will be key for Musk to build on the momentum of the Model 3, the less-expensive sedan that catapulted Tesla up the sales charts and helped the company post back-to-back quarterly profits for the first time.

The metric there is "Cd" or coefficient of drag. The plant will initially build just Model 3 sedans before adding Model Y production. All Model Ys also get a single 15.0-inch touchscreen and split-folding seats that allow cargo room to expand to as much as 66 cubic feet.

Musk had previously joked that after making the Model S and the Model X, he thought it would be "pretty amusing if we had the model E".

The Y comes with a suite of 12 ultrasonic sensors and a 160-meter forward radar system.

Musk said that there was a time when making a auto company was "stupid" and making an electric vehicle company was "stupid squared". The usable range will be around 300 miles. Tesla also recently backtracked on a cost-cutting decision to close all its retail stores, now saying it'll close only around half of them, and announced it is raising vehicle prices by around three percent.

Tesla said production will begin late next year with the standard edition expected to roll off the assembly line in early 2021.


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