2020 Tesla Model Y: prices, range, specs and release date

TESLA Motor’s core ‘S3XY’ line-up of models will be complete next year, when the new Model Y pure-electric crossover joins the Model 3 mid-size saloon, larger Model S luxury saloon and larger Model X seven-seat SUV.


What is the Tesla Model Y?

Ten years after Tesla announced its first wholly-produced car, the Model S saloon, the American brand is introducing its first mid-size crossover, the Model Y.

It’s expected to be a hugely significant new model that could sell in high numbers. According to Tesla founder Elon Musk, the Model Y is expected to outselling the company’s other models combined. And that’s saying something, as the Model 3 was the bestselling luxury car in the US last year, with 145,846 sold, more than twice as many as the Mercedes C-class.


How fast is the Tesla Model Y?

Regardless of which Tesla Model Y you go far, it won’t be a slouch. Even the base, rear-wheel drive ‘Standard Range’ car is capable of going from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, and Tesla reckons the appropriately-named all-wheel drive ‘Performance’ model can do the same sprint in a supercar-esque 3.5 seconds.

Tesla isn’t quoting power figures for the Model Y, though it’s likely the car will use the same battery and electric motor technology that’s used on the Model 3 saloon.


How far can the Tesla Model Y go per charge?

According to Tesla, the ‘Standard Range’ Model Y has an estimated range of 242 miles. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive ‘Long Range’ versions are predicted to have 336 and 314 miles respectively, and Tesla reckons the potent ‘Performance’ model is capable of going 298 miles per charge.

Tesla also says Model Y owners will be able to recharge the car’s batteries at a rate of 168 miles in just 15 minutes. It’s likely this will only be possible when using Tesla’s new V3 Supercharger stations, which are expected to be rolled out across Europe later this year. It’s worth noting that the Model 3 is the first Tesla to come with a type of charger connection called CCS, which is a universal standard used by other car makers and found in many rapid charging locations; we’d expect the Model Y to follow suit. CCS isn’t as quick as the Tesla Superchargers at present but it does open up many more charging options while on a long trip.


What tech will the Tesla Model Y have?

The Tesla Model Y will have a good amount of equipment as standard, with all versions of the car coming with front and rear heated seats, built-in sat nav with real time traffic updates and a huge 15in centre console touchscreen out of the box. Over-the-air updates will also be supported, allowing Tesla to add new features to the Model Y when the car is connected to the Internet.

In an unusual move for a car of this size, the Tesla Model Y will be available with an optional third row of seats. At time of writing, it’s unknown how much cargo space will be lost when all seven seats are in place; the five-seater  has a claimed 1,868 litre cargo capacity.


When will the Tesla Model Y go on sale?

A UK release date hasn’t been revealed yet, but Tesla says deliveries of Performance and Long Range Model Ys will begin in the USA in late 2020. The first Standard Range cars are expected to be in customers’ hands by spring 2021.


How much will the Tesla Model Y cost?

UK prices will be revealed closer to launch. In the USA, Tesla Model Y prices will start at $39,000 (roughly £29,000) for the rear-wheel drive Standard Range model, and rise to $60,000 (roughly £45,000) for the range-topping Performance version.


What are the Tesla Model Y’s rivals?

The Tesla Model Y’s nearest rival at the moment is the pure-electric Jaguar I-Pace. When the Model Y eventually arrives in UK showrooms, it will likely also face stiff competition from cars such as the Audi Q4 e-tron and an upcoming pure-electric version of the Volvo XC40.

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