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The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Here

Road & Track logo Road & Track 3/15/2019 Chris Perkins
a car parked on the side of a road: The Model Y is the newest electric offering from Tesla. Based on the Model 3 sedan, it's a taller crossover with a more spacious interior. It offers a bit less range and performance than the Model 3 but is otherwise mechanically similar. Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims that Model Y deliveries will begin in fall 2020.

We've been waiting for a few years now, and it's finally here. This is the 2021 Tesla Model Y, the electric car-company's second SUV and it's fifth production car ever. Elon Musk pulled the covers off this compact crossover at an event held at Tesla's Los Angeles design studio. 

Related Video: Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y (Provided by Roadshow)


The Model Y is the smaller companion to Tesla's Model X SUV, though it actually shares a platform with its entry-level Model 3 sedan. It's got a similar fastback profile to the Model X, though it ditches the bigger SUV's Falcon Wing doors. Those can draw a crowd anywhere, but they're expensive and complicated, so they don't make much sense for a cheaper car like the Model Y. Like the X (and the S), the Model Y will be available as a seven-seater though, though ticking that box will cost you $3000.
a black and silver text on a screen: The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Here© Tesla The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Here

Interestingly, Tesla will offer the Model Y in rear-wheel drive form, with a Long Range version coming fall 2020 and a "Standard" version arriving Spring 2021. For all-wheel drives, there's a base Dual Motor AWD and the obligatory Performance version, both of which will be available at launch in fall 2020. 

For highlights, the Long Range version offers a promised 300 miles of real world range, while the Performance will run from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Even the eventual Standard Y has impressive specs, with 230 miles of range and a sub six-second 0-60 mph run. You can see the full specs for each in the image above.

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Thanks to a low center-of-gravity afforded by Tesla's signature floor-pan battery-pack, Musk says the Model Y will handle like a sports car, even though it's a high-riding crossover.

Musk expects the Model Y to outsell the Model S, X and 3 combined, which isn't surprising given the popularity of compact luxury crossovers. Pricing will start at $39,000 for the Standard version (when it arrives), the Long Range will cost $47,000, the Dual Motor AWD will cost $51,000, and the Performance will cost $60,000. As Musk promised, that's about 10% more than the equivalent Model 3.

a car parked on the side of a road: The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Here© Tesla The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Here

While deliveries won't begin for well over a year, you can head to Tesla's site and put in an order and a $2500 deposit now.

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