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Tesla Model Y announced: release set for 2020, price starts at $39,000

Roomier than a Model 3, less bulky than a Model X


This is the Tesla Model Y, the electric carmaker’s new compact SUV due out in 2020. The long range version can travel 300 miles on single charge, and will sell for $47,000, while the performance version is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It’s Elon Musk’s fifth car ever to hit the road, and the company’s second attempt at a mass-market electric vehicle.
“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it rides like a sports car,” Musk said.
The long range Model Y will come first in the fall of 2020, and will have a range of 300 miles, Musk said. Tesla will also sell an all-wheel-drive dual motor version for $51,000, and a performance version for $60,000— both of which will also be available in fall 2020. The cheaper, standard range version with a range of 230 miles won’t be available until 2021, Musk said, and will sell for $39,000.


Roomier than a Model 3 but not as imposing as a Model X, the Model Y can seat seven, as demonstrated during the event Thursday evening at Tesla’s design studio outside Los Angeles.
The Model Y was revealed at a crucial time for Tesla
The Model Y was revealed at a crucial time for Tesla. In its first full year of production, the Model 3 sedan became the best-selling EV in the world in 2018 — and that’s just in North America. But Tesla’s drive to make that many Model 3s nearly killed the company, according to Musk. And there has been speculation that Tesla may have exhausted demand for the car in the US, which is why the company turned its attention to Europe and China. Even there, early sales of the Model 3 have been slow.
Tesla recently introduced the long-promised $35,000 “standard range” Model 3 as a way to reach more customers, but the release was overshadowed by the company’s decision to close most of its stores and shift to online sales in order to cut operating costs. The move also allowed Tesla to lower prices on its other cars, but after backlash from customers, employees, and even landlords, Tesla decided to halt the store closings (which, in turn, forced the company to raise prices again).
Because the Model Y shares so much in common with the Model 3, it should theoretically be less of a drain on the company’s resources. It also represents a huge growth opportunity, as SUV sales are through the roof in the US.
SUV sales are strong, but it’s a really competitive market
Tesla will have to execute well in order to take advantage of that opportunity, according to Jessica Caldwell, the executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds. Competition in the SUV space is fierce, and essentially all the German automakers are already shipping (or about to ship) their own electric SUVs.
“If Tesla truly wants to be a mainstream brand, it’s going to have to figure out how to sell cars to people besides young men in California,” Caldwell said in a statement. “Tesla has the right foundation for the Model Y to be a turning point: Tesla has the youngest buyer base of any luxury brand, and the Model X has more female buyers than any other vehicle in the brand’s lineup. If the Model Y is priced right, offers a roomy interior, and delivers flawless safety and quality, it has the potential to be the ‘it’ vehicle for young families.”
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Liveblog: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV



Elon Musk takes the stage at Tesla's design studio tonight to unveil Tesla's small SUV, the Model Y.
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It’s been a weird few weeks for Tesla. Stores opened and stores closed, a $35,000 Model 3 appeared, the SEC asked a federal judge to charge CEO Elon Musk with contempt of court. But drown it all out, folks, because tonight is about that old school Musk magic. Expect him to walk onstage around 8 pm PDT to unveil Tesla’s latest, greatest offering, the Model Y, its first baby SUV.
If the Model 3 was the EV for the masses, the Model Y is the EV for the masses that the masses really want. The US loves big cars: SUV and crossover sales are currently up 13 percent year-over-year, and just short of half of all light vehicles sold in 2018 slot neatly into those categories. And Tesla certainly believes it has a hit on its hands. “The demand for Model Y will be maybe 50 percent higher than Model 3. Could be even double," Musk said during a January earnings call.
As the hour of the unveil draws near, though, we have plenty of questions. Musk told investors that the Model Y would share about 75 percent of its part with the Model 3—but how different will it look? How much will it cost? Will it have gullwing doors like its more expensive predecessor, the Model X? How about a third row of seats? When will it be available? And how does Tesla—the company that went through “production hell” to create the Model 3—intend to pull it all off?
Tune in with us as we watch the show go down, and check back below for our latest, live updates.
9:00 pm PDT

And we're done! Elon seemed to have a lot of fun with the audience during this unveil, cracking lots of jokes and giggling at the outbursts from (adoring) hecklers. But the whole thing was pretty short—just about 30 minutes—and the Tesla CEO spent most of his time reviewing how far his little-electric-vehicle-company-that-could had come. We have so many more questions! Stay tuned to wired.com for what we know so far about the Model Y.
8:57 pm PDT

A big surprise: The Model Y will have seven seats! But it won't have gullwing doors. Here's my big question: What becomes of the Model X now?
8:55 pm PDT

And we have some pricing information! Tesla says the Performance Model Y will show up in fall 2020, with a 280 mile range, a 150 mph top speed, a 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a $60,000 price tag. The Dual Motor AWD is also slated for fall 2020, with a 280 mile range, a 135 mph top speed, a 0 to 60 sprint of 4.8 seconds, and a $51,000 price tag. Next up in fall 2020: the Long Range Model Y, topping out at 300 miles of range, for $47,000. Finally: The standard range Model Y is set to be released in spring 2021 with a 230 mile range, for a cool $39,000.
8:50 pm PDT

At last, it's here! Dressed in blue, the Model Y comes on stage. It's a bit bigger than the Model 3, with a higher roof and a third row, so it seats seven. Musk starts off talking about safety, and a bit on performance, saying it'll be as functional as an SUV, but as fun to drive as a sports car. The big battery pack in the floor helps keep the center of gravity low, and the motor will provide a 3.5 second 0 to 60 mph time. Range: 300 miles.
8:48 pm PDT

We've got an update on Tesla infrastructure: 1,400 supercharger stations and 12,000+ superchargers in 36+ countries. The Canadians in the audience express discontent, and quoth Elon: "I've specifically asked about a Saskatchewan supercharger and I'm told it's under construction." (Musk's grandfather is from the Canadian province.) He also promises a station in Kazakhstan, great news for Kazakh Tesla owners. And it feels like he's about run out of things to say that aren't about the Model Y. We hope...
8:45 pm PDT

Elon is on to the factory portion of his presentation, talking the Nevada Gigafactory and the one in production in Shanghai, which he says should be finished by the end of the year. I would not call this a "tight five", but the audience seems to be eating this up.
8:30 pm PDT

Play the hits, Musk: the Roadster, the Model S, the Model X, the Model 3. (Elon confirms that "S" stands for "sedan", not "saloon".) The company's tale, according to Elon, is a lot of "They couldn't say we could do it...and then we did!" Which, fair enough! He notes that he would have called the Model 3 the Model E—to spell S-E-X—but that Ford holds the "Model E" trademark. "Ford killed sex."
8:25 pm PDT

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is onstage—black shirt, black jacket, black pants, custom Tesla-branded Nike sneakers—and is starting off talking history. "There was a time when electric cars seemed very stupid," he says. He's rolling out past Tesla models, starting with the Roadster. "It's a bit small," he says. Next we'll see the Model S sedan, Model X SUV, and Model 3 sedan.
8:22 pm PDT

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8:00 pm PDT

We've reached official show time, but like any rock star, Elon Musk tends to take the stage a little bit late. In the meantime, we'll remind you that the Model Y is not just an overall big deal for Tesla, it completes something of a quartet, so Tesla's current lineup includes the Model S, Model X, and Model 3. Get it? S3XY. (Ford holds the trademark to "Model E".)
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Tesla Model Y First Ride: A Compact Crossover for Canyon Roads

Good handling and space for four, but seven is tight




As the new Tesla Model Y approaches, about 100 people pull out their smartphones and start recording. The same Deep Blue Metallic model that was shown on stage by Tesla CEO Elon Musk stops in front of the assembled Tesla super fans and journalists who clamor impatiently to get in.

I'm in front of the line and ready to step inside. "Come on, it's your turn," says one of the people coordinating the rides. The doors swing open like a regular SUV, not the wild cantilevers of the Model X.


Despite its compact crossover look, the Tesla Model Y's second row is ample. First thing I check is headroom—I have about an inch and a half between the top of my head and the all-glass roof. Legroom is decent; there's enough space for my 6-foot frame. But as another two people come into the second row, shoulder room gets tight.


Tesla claims the Model Y can seat seven. But when I look behind the second row into the hatch, I see no room for passengers. "It may be too dark to tell, but there are two other seats folded down behind you," says Tesla's Model Y driver. It's clear the third row is for children only. "There's no way I can fit myself in there," I say out loud. A third row would be tight and only for small people as there is not much headroom; during the presentation, a rendering showed the third row with no headrests.



In front is a clean, centrally mounted, horizontally oriented 15-inch floating touchscreen, similar to the one found in the Model 3. In fact, the Model Y's interior appears to be lifted straight out of the Model 3 sedan. This makes sense, as the 3 and Y are supposed to be the most affordable Teslas yet, and one tried and true way to gain cost efficiency is through parts sharing. The rest of the interior is clean and tidy; the center console has a couple of cupholders and an armrest that's also a storage compartment. Wood and leather trim give it all a premium feel, but we're curious how the entry-level Model Y will present.


As we pull out of the alley, the driver stomps on the accelerator and my back is pushed against the seatback. We're in the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Model Y, and like all Teslas and many EVs, the response feels instantaneous. The compact crossover quickly reaches a speed of 53 mph before we start slowing down on the closed road.



On stage, Musk claimed a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds; we'll have to strap in our Vbox test gear in the near future to verify that. After he turns the Tesla around, the driver does a bad interpretation of a slalom, and even though the turns he made weren't especially precise, the Model Y acquits itself well. Floor-mounted battery packs provide for a lower center of gravity and impart familiar and still impressive maneuverability. For an SUV, it sticks to the ground, and there's hardly any head toss inside the cabin.
Musk bragged that his crossover rides like a sports car with the functionality of an SUV. That's a hard statement to validate after spending just two minutes riding in the Model Y, but its quick acceleration and ground-hugging handling makes us want to take this crossover on a canyon road.


As we return to the alley, I look around the cabin and have the same impression our own Kim Reynolds had when he rode in a Model 3 for the first time: It feels like a fishbowl inside. With the huge panoramic moonroof and large side windows, the Tesla Model Y has a sense of freedom. The seats feel like they're positioned a little bit higher, reminding me of the ride height of the Jaguar I-Pace—not too high, but not too close to the ground.
As rides go, this one was all too brief. But fear not, MotorTrend won't be sitting in the passenger seat for long. Soon enough we'll be behind the wheel of the Model Y and confirming its acceleration, handling, braking, and range, as we have with its Model S, X, and 3 siblings. Stay tuned.




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