Bringing sexy back: Elon Musk unveils Tesla's 2nd electric SUV Model Y

16 March, 2019, 06:40 | Author: Frank Williams
  • Tesla Reveals Model Y ‘Baby SUV’ Tonight: How To Watch Live

The electric automaker's CEO, Elon Musk, took to the stage Thursday in Los Angeles to reveal the Model Y, first deliveries of which are due in the fall of 2020. This gets you 300 miles of range, a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, and 130mph top speed. It will start at 39,000 US dollars for the standard range version, which the company said can go 230 miles (370 kilometers) on a single charge.

Unveiling the new mid-sized SUV at a presentation, Musk said the new model will not only be built in the United States, but also in the massive new plant in Shanghai. "So this thing will be really tight on corners".

The new Model Y is a mid-size crossover SUV with a battery range of 482 km; an option for three rows and seven seats; a zero-to-97 km/h sprint as low as 3.5 seconds; and a starting price point of US$39,000, equivalent to $52,000 CAD, though no Canadian pricing has been released. And finally the Model Y Performance - 4WD, $60,000, 280 miles, 0-60 in 3.5, 150mph, which let's face it, is the one you want.

Consumers who plop down their deposits for the Model Y may have to cross their fingers for their vehicles to be delivered on schedule. According to documents leaked by Business Insider, it should be August, but as the Model 3 and its shanty tent production line showed, Tesla is still only half way through the book on how to build a auto.

Musk didn't quite literally lift a veil to reveal the new model. And with all that already in place, the fourth model would have to be a Y just so altogether they'd spell out "SEXY". Inside the auto, it will have a panoramic glass roof, up to seven seats and the same spartan interior as the Model 3 featuring the central landscape touchscreen.

At tonight's live stream he reconfirmed this expectation: "I think we will sell more Model Y's than S, X and 3 combined", Musk said. After showing the entire current lineup, Musk talked about how hard 2018 was for them, and added that, "Manufacturing a vehicle is 100x more hard than designing one". Like Model 3, Model Y requires no keys, but instead connects to your smartphone for seamless entry and exit, with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface inside for all of the car's controls. It will sport a 120-mph top speed, 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and will offer a range of 230 miles.

Tesla Reveals Model Y ‘Baby SUV’ Tonight: How To Watch Live

As disclosed by Musk earlier this month, the Model Y design is remarkably similar to Model 3's, and is about 10 percent bigger.

It comes after a challenging period for Tesla, with production issues and legal problems for Mr Musk. That demands a slippery body, particularly when you're dealing with a larger vehicle like the Model X or Model Y.

Model Y from the rear.

Tesla's targeted volume production date of late 2020 for the Model Y would put it behind electric SUVs from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

"But then Ford threatened to sue us, ' he continued, referring to the fact that Ford already has an all-electric vehicle dubbed 'Model E".

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