By Steve Laser & Gregg Ziak
Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the new Model Y midsize all-electric crossover this evening during an event at the automaker’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.
Smaller than the Model X, and minus the gull-wing doors, initial deliveries of the Model Y for U.S. customers is expected to begin in Fall 2020.
“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” said Musk (above). “This thing will be really tight in corners. It’s also going to have incredible performance.”
Watch Elon Musk unveil the new Model Y at the company’s design studio and talk about the amazing progress Tesla has made in producing a full lineup of electric vehicles. (video: Tesla)
With its high-efficiency powertrain and ultra-responsive motors, Tesla quotes 0-60 mph acceleration in about 3.5 seconds along with a top track speed of 150 mph for the top Performance edition.
Driving range for the Standard Range version is said to be 230 miles, while the Model Y Long Range is reportedly capable of driving up to 300 miles on a single charge.
Prices were announced for the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive ($47,000), Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive ($51,000), and Performance ($60,000).
While Tesla quotes the base price for the Standard Range Model Y at $39,000, that version isn’t expected to be ready for delivery until Spring 2021.
Signature design elements include a panoramic glass roof, high seating positions, and a single 15-inch touchscreen interface. With the Tesla Mobile app, Model Y offers access to a variety of features including remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking and Speed Limit Mode.
This video offers a quick sneak preview of some of the design details of the new Tesla Model Y including a look at the interior. (video: Tesla)
With its smaller footprint compared to the Model X, the Model Y still offers expansive storage space. The front trunk and split-folding second row provide a total of 66 cu. ft. of room for gear.
Model Y is designed to be compatible with Tesla’s network of more than 12,000 Superchargers located in 36 countries, along with the new superfast V3 Supercharger.
For more information on the Model Y, visit Tesla Motors
Prices, features, specifications and launch timing for U.S. market models is subject to change without notice
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