Model Y


Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - March 18, 2019

Model Preview

After tons of speculation and many rumors, the 2020 Tesla Model Y has broken cover and completed the “S3XY” lineup Elon Musk cheekily referred to in years past. Here is what to expect when the new Model Y rolls into showrooms.

Visually, the 2020 Tesla Model Y is exactly what most Tesla fans would expect. It carries on the function-first look that has made the brand so distinct on the open road. Most of its looks come straight from the Model 3. In fact, the 2020 Model Y looks almost like a larger, hatchback version of the existing Model 3, and that is definitely not a bad thing.

Inside, the Model Y will continue Tesla’s trend of simplicity with a clean dashboard that boasts a single 15-inch touchscreen to control all the interior functions and act as the vehicle’s infotainment system. It will also have no keys and will instead use your smartphone as the key. Your smartphone will also act as a hub for controls, allowing you to unlock the doors remotely, set the climate control, and even summon the vehicle to your location. The latter feature is part of the optional Full Self-Driving Capability Package that runs an extra $5,000 on top of the $3,000 Autopilot package. As for storage, thanks to the aid of a front trunk, the 2020 Tesla Model Y will haul up to 66 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Tesla Model Y

Under its skin, the 2020 Tesla Model Y will have various range and performance options, much like its older siblings. At release, the base Model Y will be the Long Range trim with rear-wheel drive. This model will boast a 300-mile EV range, a 5.5-second 0-to-60 time, and a 130-mph top speed. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive Long Range model will see its range shrink to 280 miles, but its 0-to-60 time will drop to 4.8 seconds and top speed will rise to 135 mph. The range-topping Performance trim will also use the dual-motor all-wheel-drive system, to deliver a 3.5-second 0-to-60 time and a 150-mph top speed combined with a 280-mile range.

Tesla has had plenty of negative media surrounding crashes with its Autopilot system engaged, but none of the crashes have fallen squarely on the brand’s shoulders. As for objective safety, the Model Y has a while before the NHTSA gets to toss it against a few walls, but the Model 3 and Model Y’s five-star NHTSA ratings across the board are any indicator, the Model Y is sure to ace these tests too. All Tesla models come standard with automatic emergency braking, so we expect the same in the Model Y, earning it another feather in its safety cap.

Pricing & Release Date

The Tesla Model Y is available for preorder now, and it will hit showrooms in the fall of 2020 — unless it doesn’t — with a $48,200 to $61,200 MSRP (destination fees included). A lower-priced Standard Range trim will be available in early 2021, according to Tesla.

The 2020 Tesla Model Y will battle the Mercedes-Benz ECQ, Audi e-tron, and Hyundai Kona EV.

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