Tesla brings 'S3XY' back with the launch of Model Y
After so much anticipation, Elon Musk walked on stage at the LA Design Studio in Hawthorne California and introduced Tesla's newest addition to its line-up, the Model Y. Fortunately, Model Y looks to share some commonality with Model 3 which could translate to a production ramp that moves more rapidly than prior new cars introduced by Tesla.
Above: Musk, Model Y, and hmmm... could Elon be teasing a custom 'Tesla x Nike' sneaker collaboration coming soon? (Twitter: LikeTesla)
So what did we learn last night? According to The Verge, "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... [whereas] The long range version will travel 300 miles on single charge, and will sell for $47,000, while the $60,000 performance version will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds." Higher spec versions of the Model Y are slated for deliveries in the fall of 2020.
Above: A 3-minute recap of the Model Y launch event (Source: The Verge)
“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” Musk said. “So this thing will be really tight on corners.” And Musk added, "This will be the safest mid-sized SUV by far.”
Above: Model Y's stunning all-glass roof (Twitter: Tesla)
The Verge reports, "The Model Y will have a panoramic sunroof and 66 cubic feet of cargo space... 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."
Above: Under the skin of Model Y (Source: Tesla)
Musk also said progress was being made on the company's Autopilot functionality. In reference to Model Y's ability to execute self-driving functionality, Musk notes, "The cool thing is, it’s ‘feature complete'... It will be able to do basically anything just with software upgrades.”
Above: A side view of the Tesla Model Y (Image: Tesla)
Can Tesla attract a new market segment with Model Y? Jessica Caldwell at Edmunds says, "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.”
First Ride: Model Y