Tesla Model Y Overview Updated October 1, 2020

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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 Today

Tesla has started activating the elusive new charge port heater in Model 3 and Model Y, but it’s unclear who has it in their Model 3.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 25

Tesla is launching a $2,000 ‘Acceleration Boost’ upgrade for Model Y Dual Motor AWD vehicles — shaving half a second off the 0 to 60 mph acceleration.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 15

VW says that Tesla is not who it is going against with its ID.4 electric SUV, but it is clear that the German automaker sees the Model Y as a competitor as a new internal document reveals a detailed comparison between the two electric SUVs.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 8

VW CEO Hebert Diess revealed that after having Elon Musk test drive the ID.3, he himself test-drove the Tesla Model Y, which he says is a “reference” car for the German automaker.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 3

Ford is training dealers to favorably compare the Mustang Mach-E against the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in new training material.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 1

A Tesla Model Y prototype has been spotted on a flatbed truck in China, hinting at preproduction of the electric SUV.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 26

Tesla has tweaked the Model Y’s taillight design with small and simple changes that will make a big difference.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 4

Tesla has made a tiny change to Model Y that will save owners some headaches by helping people get out of the car the right way.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 2

This is an ongoing journal of my first few weeks with Model Y. Check out Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, too.

One of the most important jobs for our Model Y is getting the whole family up to our summer/ski condo in Vermont from our home outside of NYC. The trip is around 180 miles. Our Model X 90D would get such poor range that we’d almost always have to make a Supercharger stop along the way in order to make it with confidence. I should note that the route is quite curvy and hilly, and the last leg is climbing a mountain, so it isn’t a straight shot by any means.

So one of the things I’m hoping to get from the Model Y is the ability to make it the whole way comfortably, without charging. To make it more interesting, we added bikes to the back, using our freshly installed tow hitch. Would the Model Y be able to make it?

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 1

Tesla has started trial production of the Model Y Long Range Rear-Wheel-Drive ahead of an imminent launch, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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