Tesla Model Y Overview Updated March 30, 2020

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October 2015 - March 2020


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

Tesla is starting to ask Model Y rear-wheel-drive reservation holders to prepare for deliveries amid a drop in demand. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 27

Unplugged Performance took delivery of an early Tesla Model Y and they quickly installed their popular lowering spring… and it looks stunning. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 26

Our friends at Jeda have just announced a new Wireless USB hub for Tesla’s Model Y. We’ve been big fans of the Jeda USB hubs and Qi Wireless charging pads for quite some time. The Model Y hub now adds two USB-C ports and four USB-A ports for charging the wireless pads, gaming controllers, and SSD storage for Sentry Mode/Tesla DashCam. expand full story

A detailer posted a video inspection of a brand new Tesla Model Y – showing that Tesla still has some issues with paint quality. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 24

The start of Tesla Model Y deliveries started in the middle of a pandemic, but the automaker is still moving ahead with “contactless deliveries.”

Here’s a firsthand account of what it entails. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 23

Elon Musk praised Tesla’s team for the Model Y’s heat pump — a feature that could make the electric SUV much more efficient in colder climates. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 22

New Tesla Model Y owners are starting to test the new electric SUV, and their first real-world tests are showing some impressive performance, including drifting, off-road driving, and 0-60 mph acceleration. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 16

Tesla has released Model Y production and testing footage, and it is announcing the official start of deliveries in the US. expand full story

We are starting to learn some more tidbits about the Tesla Model Y as deliveries are starting, like the Model Y’s Off-Road Assist Mode. expand full story

Tesla Model Y Stories March 15

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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