First pictures: The new Tesla model Y

Tesla has revealed the car that will become the fourth model in its line-up, with the Model Y due to go on sale in America in autumn 2020, which means it should be in the UK before the end of 2021.

The company said the Model Y, which is described as a mid-sized SUV, will come with two different battery options, with the Standard Battery offering a 230-mile range and the Long Range alternative boasting 300 miles, There will also be a dual motor all-wheel drive model and a Performance variant.

Tesla is quoting a starting price of $39,000, which would equate to just under £30,000 at current exchange rates, and between the front trunk and rear luggage area, Tesla claims more than 1800 litres of load volume.

First Pictures: Tesla Model Y - front view - 2019The company said that the Model Y is designed to be the safest mid-size SUV on the market. “Built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the low center of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones provide unparalleled protection,” said the company’s Model Y announcement. “Its aerodynamic design and leading battery technology also make it highly-efficient in terms of energy usage, meaning you can achieve better range with less energy than other EVs on the market.”

The Model Y can be opened using a smartphone, as is the case with the new Model 3, while the new car also gets the 15-inch touchscreen system synonymous with the brand’s interiors. The car ca also be remote unlocked, pre-conditioned, speed limited and located using the Tesla Mobile app.

The new car joins the Model S saloon, Model X large SUV and forthcoming Model 3 hatchback in the firm’s line-up, while Tesla is also promising a Roadster model and the Semi electric truck; the latter is due to go into production this year.


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