Elon Musk has unveiled yet another Tesla electric car. This time it is a mid-size SUV called Model Y. Like other Tesla models, Model Y will be offered in several versions, namely, Standard Range, Long Range, and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive which itself has two variants: Long Range and Performance. Model Y is design to ferry 7 grown person, along with their gear, but here’s the thing: 7-seater IS NOT A STANDARD. Now, that’s not very nice, Tesla, is it?
Prices of the Model Y will start at $39,000, but as we all know, if you want every option there is, it is going costs more and mind you, that is yet to include the premium you’d have to pay if you choose other variants other than the Standard Range version. Speaking Standard Range, deliveries won’t happy until early 2021. However, Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, as well as Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants delivery will start in Fall 2020.
Well, that not like any earlier and so, if you are on a budget, you may want to hold back for the $39,000 without fancy option. Then again, this is a Tesla. How could anyone go basic, right? As far as specs go, Model Y promised 300 miles (483 Km) of usable range, a top speed of 130 mph (209 Km/h), 0-60 (0-90 Km/h) acceleration in 5.5 seconds and a drag coefficient of just 0.23 Cd. But that’s the Long Range, RWD version. AWD and AWD + Performance have different stories.
You are looking a sacrificed range of 280 miles (451 Km), higher top speeds (135 mph or 217 Km/h on Long Range AWD, 150 mph or 241 Km/h on AWD Performance) and of course, quicker acceleration with the AWD going 4.8 seconds and the Performance variant, 3.5 seconds. In addition to faster and quicker, the Performance variant gets 20-inch Performance Wheels as standard, along with Performance Brakes, carbon fiber spoiler, lowered suspension, aluminum alloy pedal, and Track Mode.
Now on what you really need to pay for a Model Y. A 7-seater configuration, which won’t be available until 2021, will add $3,000 to the bill. And if you want Black and White interior as opposed to the standard Black cabin, you will have to add another grand more. Same goes to the exterior, any color other than the solid black will set back at another $1,500-2,500. Model Y comes rolling on 18-inch Aero wheels as standard with the option of 19-inch Sport Wheels for an additional $1,500.
Model Y is Autopilot-enabled, but not as standard. In other words, it cost extra and the same goes for the Full Self-Driving Capability that will arrive later this year. Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability goes for $3,000 and $5,000, respectively. The caveat is, you will need to pay for both (i.e. a total of $8K) if you want the self-driving feature.
Also, those prices are exclusive when pre-ordering the Model Y. If you decided to add those options after delivery, you are looking at $1K more for the Autopilot and $2K more for the Full Self-Driving Capability. That’s a lot of money right there and so, for those who are clueless about what those techs are for, here are what you will be paying for:
“Enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.”
Full Self-Driving Capability:
• Navigate on Autopilot: automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars.
• Autopark: both parallel and perpendicular spaces.
• Summon: your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.
• Recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
• Automatic driving on city streets.
As far as how much you have dole out, if you’d be looking at more than $70,000 investment for the top model with most of the options thrown in. Regardless of the configuration you opt for, each Model Y will come standard with Panoramic Glass Roof and promised a very voluminous 66 cubic feet/1.9 cubic meter of cargo space.
I know, I said it is a “handsome-looking car” in the beginning, but it is not really mind blowing kind of gorgeous. It is just the rudimentary, Tesla kind of beautiful, if you know what I mean. I do love the profile though (hence, the side profile as featured image).
Tesla Model Y Electric SUV is available to order starting today in U.S. (obviously). However, do note that Standard Range version is not yet available for order at the time of this writing. If it interest you, there is the Model Y presentation video by Musk below.
All images courtesy Tesla Motors.