Competes with: Directly, not much; indirectly, a lot of pricier electric SUVs
Looks like: Model X meets a Model 3
Drivetrain: Single or dual electric motors with a Tesla-claimed 230 to 300 miles of range and zero-to-60-mph times of 3.5 to 5.9 seconds; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fall 2020 for pricier variants; spring 2021 for base model
Tesla has unveiled its latest vehicle in the Model Y, an offering that brings the electric-car maker closer to the SUV-loving masses with a more affordable version of just that. Unlike Tesla’s first SUV, the near-$80,000 Model X, the Y will start at $48,200 when deliveries commence in late 2020. Come early 2021, a base model that starts around $40,000 will arrive. (Note that Tesla frequently changes pricing; all numbers are current as of this writing and include a $1,200 destination fee.)
The Model Y hails from the same platform as the Model 3 sedan — Tesla’s most affordable car and, after early production delays, a raging sales success. Tesla expects even more out of the Y: Amid a throng of smartphone-waving fans, CEO Elon Musk said yesterday that he thinks the Model Y could outsell the Model 3, Model S and Model X combined.