Tesla Model Y 2020: design, interior specs, price and UK release date

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Tesla Model Y



Budget SUV offers 300 miles of battery range, while Performance version sprints from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds



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Tesla has finally lifted the lid on its new entry-level Model Y SUV after years of rumours and speculation. 


Unveiled by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California, the Model Y takes the form of a budget crossover that will sit below the £82,000 Model X SUV in the range when sales open next year. 


As Musk has highlighted on numerous occasions, the budget SUV completes Tesla’s “S3XY” line-up of models. 








The South African-born billionaire had planned to name its entry-level saloon the Model E, but Ford obtained the rights to that name. The company therefore chose Model 3 instead, says Fortune


Now the final piece of the puzzle is in place, here’s everything you need to know about Tesla’s latest budget EV: 


Design and interior

Given that the Model Y shares around 75% of its components with the Model 3, it comes as little surprise that the new SUV bears a striking resemblance to the budget saloon. 


The grille-less front end of the new car is almost identical to the Model 3, as is the coupe-like silhouette and minimalist interior.


Musk confirmed on Twitter last week that the Model Y is 10% larger than the Model 3, and it’s clear that the car is indeed marginally bigger than the saloon it’s based on. 








Still, the difference between the Model 3 and Model Y isn’t as substantial as that between the Model X SUV and the Model S saloon. 


“The rear half is arguably better proportioned than a Model X”, but the Model Y as a whole “doesn’t stray from the family look”, says Car magazine. 


Buyers get enough room to seat seven adults and their luggage if they choose the optional third row of seats, says Evo. There’s also a panoramic glass roof and a 15in touchscreen panel that dominates the dashboard as it does in the Model 3.


Battery specs and performance

Those looking for a Model Y with a strong battery range will want to opt for the Long Range version, the first car to arrive when sales open next year. 


Long Range models come with 300 miles of range and are capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, says Pistonheads. That time drops to 5 seconds on Dual-Motor cars, though 20 miles are shaved off the car’s overall range. 


Dual-Motor Performance are the fast models in the range. This version is capable of 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 150mph, while the 280 miles of range matches the non-Performance spec Dual-Motor model, the website says. 


UK release date

The Model Y is expected to go on sale worldwide near the end of 2020, says Auto Express


However, it’s not yet known whether the company will launch the budget SUV in the US before opening sales overseas, as it has done with the Model 3 saloon. 


Prices

Long Range models will be the first to launch, with prices starting at around $47,000 (around £35,500), says Autocar. A faster Dual-Motor version costing $51,000 (£38,500) will sit above the Long-Range model.


Top-spec Dual-Motor Performance versions enter at $60,000 (£45,000), while an entry-level Standard Range model is due to arrive in the spring of 2021 and cost $39,000 (£29,400), the magazine says.



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