Tesla Model Y Overview Updated January 19, 2021

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Tesla Model Y is Tesla’s crossover all-electric vehicle built on the same third-generation platform as the Tesla Model 3.

The vehicle is similar to the Model 3 and features similar options as the Model 3, like the Model S is similar to the Model X.

Tesla unveiled the Model Y on March 15, 2019. Deliveries of the five-seat model began in March 2020.

Tesla is starting to ship Model Y electric SUVs by the truckload out of its factory in California ahead of the start of deliveries in a few weeks.

As we reported last week, Tesla started confirming Model Y deliveries to customers in the US.

The automaker has given some customers deliveries windows between March 15 and 30 — indicating that deliveries will start during the second half of next month.

On Friday, we reported on Tesla being spotted stockpiling some brand-new Model Y SUVs in the parking lot of its factory ahead of the start of deliveries.

Now we are receiving reports that Tesla is shipping those Model Y vehicles out of the factory by the truckload.

Tesla Model Y reviews

Since deliveries are just now taking place, we’ve not had a chance to review the car just yet. Electrek will get access to some early deliveries, so we will have a video and written review as soon as we are able to spend time with it.

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Some early looks are now available that shows more detailed photos, though.

Friend of the site Sterling Picton spotted a Model Y production-intent unit at a Tesla Engineering Building in Fremont and shared a few great pictures with Electrek to get a close look at the fit and finish:

Tesla Model Y price

The Model Y price starts at $52,990 (Long Range model)  in the US. Worldwide pricing will fluctuate for currency conversions and tax incentives. Various upgrade options include the Performance edition (0-60 in 3.5 seconds as opposed to 4.5 seconds in the Long Range).

Additional upgrades include 20-inch induction wheels, Full Self Driving, and the seven-seater upgrade (which is not available until 2021).

If you are looking for general electric vehicle prices, we’ve done the hard work of calling around to various dealerships to find what they are offering. Find the lowest purchase and lease price here on Electrek.

Tesla Model Y specs features

With the seven seat option that is coming in 2021, it will be the first Tesla car that can hold that many people.

One of the key features of the Model Y is its 315-mile EPA range. With this rating, it becomes the most efficient SUV ever. The new range is for both versions of the Model Y currently available to order: the Model Y Long Range Dual Motor and the Model Y Performance.

Tesla model y specs

Compared to the Model 3, the Model Y is:

  • 2.2 inches longer
  • 2.8 inches wider in terms of body width. With mirrors extended, it’s 1.6 inches wider.  With mirrors folded, it’s 1.2 inches wider
  • 7.1 inches taller
  • .6 inch longer wheelbase
  • 1.4 inch more front overhang, .2 inch less rear overhang
  • 1.1 inch higher ground clearance
  • 2.2 inch wider track on base wheels, 2.6/3 inch wider track front/rear on 21″ wheels

In terms of interior dimensions, the Model Y has:

  • .7in/1.7in more headroom front/rear
  • .9in less legroom front, 5.3in more legroom rear
  • Shoulder room virtually unchanged
  • .4in more front/1.8in less rear hip room
  • 53 cubic feet more rated cargo volume (*the big difference is likely due to change in measurement methods between the Model 3’s three-box to the Model Y’s hatchback configuration)

And in terms of weight, the Model Y is:

  • 344lbs heavier (for Long Range AWD configurations)
  • 309lbs higher GVWR (refers to the “loaded” weight of the car), which means…
  • 35lbs lower recommended cargo capacity (886 vs 921lbs, including cargo and occupants)
  • Same weight distribution – 46%/54%
  • Same towing capacity: Zero.  (“Model Y is not equipped with towing.”)

Model Y Tow Hitch

The manual shows the Model Y can have a roof rack, but what about a tow hitch?

The Model Y Owner’s Manual hit the internet as Tesla started Model Y deliveries on Friday.  We found some good new info from the manual, including the promise of a roof rack accessory.  But unfortunately, another highly-anticipated accessory, a tow hitch, isn’t mentioned.

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Tesla Model Y Stories Yesterday

We are just a couple weeks removed from Tesla’s “lit” holiday update (2020.48.26) and now have further improvements to share. This past week, certain Tesla drivers began to report a new software update available for download. So what’s new in Tesla’s latest release notes for 2020.48.35? Let’s break it all down for you below.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 18

Tesla has started Model Y deliveries in China and they did it in a big way with deliveries in 10 major cities at once.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 14

Tesla released more information on how it achieved a top safety rating on Model Y with NHTSA, including the “lowest rollover risk of any SUV” ever tested.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 12

Tesla Model Y has aced its NHTSA crash and safety test, obtaining a 5-star safety rating in the process.

You can watch watch the impressive crash test video below.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 11

Tesla is starting to release the first video of the Model Y’s third row, but it doesn’t even show someone sitting in the backseat.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 8

Tesla has unveiled the first images of the new Model Y third row for the 7-seat option, and it’s unsurprisingly crazy small.

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Tesla’s new 244-mile range Model Y was previously called “unacceptable” by Elon Musk, but we believe it’s far from the case and will sell like hotcakes.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 7

Tesla is launching today the Model Y with a new Standard Range RWD version and a new third-row 7-seat option.

It brings the base price of the electric SUV down to just $42,000.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 6

Tesla sold out the first quarter of Model Y electric SUVs in China after just a few days of taking orders, according to an update to its website.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 4

Tesla Model Y is receiving strong interest from the Chinese market following its launch, according to local reports, and it is putting pressure on the competition in an important segment.

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