In an event in Los Angeles, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the company’s fourth mainstream electric car, named Model Y, which, the company claims, is capable of giving a range of around 482km. The latest Tesla car is expected to arrive in 2020.
The design of the Tesla Model Y is inspired by the Model 3 and the Model X models. This is a five-seat (optional seven-seat) mini-SUV which will have a glass panoramic roof. Unlike the Model X’s gull-wing doors, the Model Y will feature pillarless doors found in Model 3. It has been built on the same platform as the Model 3 but is around 10% larger in the size.
According to Musk, the Model Y has been designed to offer the functionality and luxury of an SUV and the performance of a sports car.
The car is expected to be launched in three models initially - the Long Range, Performance and Dual-motor All-wheel-drive models, all of which are expected to be released in the autumn of 2020. The Long Range model which is expected to be priced at USD 47,000 (around Rs 32.55 lakh) will offer 482 km of range, along with a top speed of 209kph with 5.5sec of 0-96kph time. The Dual Motor variant will have a 450 km range and will offer a top speed of 217kph with 4.8sec of 0-96kph time. It will cost USD 51,000 (around Rs 35.32 lakh). The most efficient and costliest Dual-motor performance variant will have the same 450 km of range but a higher top speed of 241kph and 0-96kph time of 3.5 sec. It is expected to bear a starting price of USD 60,000 (around Rs 41.55 lakh).
In terms of interior, the Model Y has the same single 15.0-inch touchscreen as the Model 3. It contains all the standard car’s controls along with self-driving and auto-pilot options. Second-row seats can be split-folded providing a total storage of up to 1,800 litres. The car comes with a rear hatchback as opposed to the Model 3’ tailgate. The seven-seat Model Y car is expected to go on sale not before 2021.
Tesla will integrate the Model Y cars with the latest third-generation Superchargers, which are capable of charging 250kW. The card will charge 120km of range in just 5 minutes. The company has already started establishing its charging stations in many countries across the world.