Excited fans, disappointed investors and big promises by Elon Musk: Tesla Model Y revealed everything. Set to be the fourth car in California's automaker's current line-up, the new electric crossover could be the most successful. In fact, Musk predicted that Tesla would sell more model Y than it has sold model 3, s and x combined. Read on about five things you need to know when the dust determines on model Y reveal.
Model Y is a close sibling of model 3
Tesla's early plans for model Y were ambitious. Crossover would debut a new platform, Elon Musk who first promised, loan functions as model X's Falcon Wing doors, but built on a completely new architecture that would be more flexible, easier to build and cheaper than model 3's platform. But the voices of Tesla changed.
Instead, to save time and cost, the model Y strongly inclined to model 3. With the same core architecture, only higher and with more interior space, the intersection with more everyday rear doors and a familiar design. The emergence is the potential for seven places – albeit eating in the trunk, and likely to be uncomfortable for adults – and an aesthetic that turns into one of the most popular segments in the automotive industry right now.
There are actually some who have argued that model Y is the car that model 3 should have been from the beginning. The demand for the small sedan has been fast, safe, but it could potentially have been brisk, but still Tesla had chosen to cater for the difficult small SUV category from day one.
Model Y feels quite familiar on the road
Tesla no longer gives test drives in model Y yet. In fact, our time inside the car on the Thursday event did not even see us taking the wheel: instead, the automaker had professional drivers at the helm, to give people a quick circuit up and down the road with some twisting things added. It's hardly enough to make a decisive judgment about the car, but definitely enough to remind us of something else.
It's model 3. Tesla can call model Y an SUV, but it definitely feels like its then siblings. You sit a little higher, and the panoramic roof makes a difference in how the cabin feels, but it really is a very car-like crossover with well-known dynamics.
These dynamics are promising if you are a keen driver, mind. Again, it is too early – and we have had too little experience – to make any definitive conclusions, but the low center of gravity and the instantaneous electrical torque make model Y a small small thing.
Model Y starts at $ 39,000 – eventually
Elon Musk promised an approximately 10 percent more expensive car than model 3, and certainly model Y comes from $ 39,000. It gets you the Standard Range model, great for estimated 230 miles from the battery and a respectable 5.9 second 0-60 mph time.
However, as was the case with model 3, you will not be able to buy a $ 39k model Y from the beginning. Tesla will instead start the Long Range, Dual Motor AWD and Performance versions of the car. That means the most affordable Model Y will be $ 47,000.
These three cars are open for reservations now, but they are not expected to begin shipping until autumn 2020. You need to put $ 2,500 down as a deposit to place your place in a row.
Model Y is a high-tech, exciting EV
There is no shortage of performance on the crane. Model Y Long Range offers 0-60 mph for 5.5 seconds, while Dual Motor AWD mates it to 4.8 seconds. Model Y performance, from $ 60,000, should make 0-60 mph for 3.5 seconds and promise a top speed of 150 mph. It is despite delivering an estimated 280-mile drive – or 300 miles from the Long Range car.
How practical you must be during driving depends on how much you use Autopilot. Tesla's controversial mix of adaptive cruise control and lane keeping is not surprisingly a major feature of model Y. You pay a headline price, as Autopilot is a $ 3,000 option (and the Full Self-Driving Capability package is an additional $ 5,000).
Whether you're going for the whole, the model Y is the dashboard no matter what most passenger cabins look like. Tesla has done away with most of the controls and dashboard embellishments, replacing them with a clean sweep of fascia on top of which a 15-inch touch screen perches. This is where HVAC, infotainment, autopilot and everything else is controlled. Of course, the owners will also benefit from Tesla's software updates.
Model Y did not convince the market
The composite Tesla fans at Musk's big launch event on Thursday may have been overjoyed at the view of model Y, but the same cannot be said on the market. Shares in Tesla opened at 5 percent on Friday morning, as investors turned out to be less convinced of the new EV than the automaker's fans. The big worry? That Model Y just wasn't special enough.
Analysts criticized the car for being for model 3 derivatives, and Musk's occasional prominent presentation of being too much like an "infomercial". The absence of a "one thing" at the end – which last time, memorably, brought out the new Tesla Roadster – it was also quoted. At the same time worrying about model 3 demand and more expensive reservations this time for model Y also saw the stock market price tumble.
That was not the only problem shaking investors' confidence, mind. When, exactly, model Y would start shipping was also a standpoint. Last year, at the Tesla shareholder meeting, Musk had proposed that the new EV should take place during the first half of 2020; which has been driven back to autumn 2020 for the earliest model Y deliveries. Then there will be some serious electrical competition in the market.