Tesla's fifth passenger vehicle model, the Model Y, sits below the Model X; Will go on sale in 2020 and offers a claimed range of 480km in its top-spec version.
Elon Musk has lifted the veil off Tesla's next offering - the Model Y, which is best described as a car for 'maximum versatility,' combining the dimensions of a crossover with the performance of a sports car. While the deliveries of the Model Y are set to begin in the fall of 2020, the price range starts from USD 39,000 (about ₹ 27 lakh) for the base version and will go all the way up to USD 60,000 (about ₹ 41.5 lakh). From 2020, Tesla will begin deliveries of the higher-spec Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive and Performance versions of the Model Y whereas the Model Y Standard Range will make its commercial debut in 2021.
The Model Y takes design inspiration both from the Model 3 and the Model X SUV, featuring a glass panoramic sunroof with a seven-seat layout. While the more expensive Model X features a flamboyant 'gull-wing' design, the Model Y makes do with conventional pillarless doors like the Model S and the Model 3. To keep the production costs down, the Model Y borrows nearly 75 per cent of its components and the chassis from the Model 3 but, offers larger dimensions than the Model 3.
Inside, the Model Y offers a bigger 15-inch touchscreen which acts as the interface for all of the car's controls. Like the Model 3, the Model Y does not require a key and instead connects with the user's smartphone for entry and exit. The car also provides connectivity to the Tesla mobile app, with which a user can control access features like remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, etc.
Tesla claims that the Model Y Standard Battery will offer a driving range of about 370km, while the Long Range models will be capable of travelling nearly 483km on a single charge. However, in case of the AWD Performance and Dual Motor models, the driving range will be compromised a bit for better acceleration and higher top speed figures. The 0-100km/h time for the standard model is pegged at 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 241km/h. The Model Y is also compatible with Tesla's current Supercharger network, which is currently present across 36 countries with more than 12,000 touch points.