A new member of the Tesla lineup should soon join the market, precisely sometime in the beginning of 2020, and it is the new 2019 Tesla model Y. The Model Y will represent the second smallest SUV in the brand’s offerings alongside the Tesla Model 3. Although at first, the plan was to build the Model Y on the new electric platform, the latest news has confirmed that the manufacturer has changed this because of the financial causes and in this way the production will start much sooner than expected.
So, the new Tesla Model Y will be based on the same underpinnings as the Model 3. However, these two models will share the same underpinnings so it is natural that we can expect the same engine also. On the other hand, the Model Y will also share some similar design cues with the Model X such as front fascia and perhaps the “Falcon wing” design of the doors. Furthermore, there aren’t any details or photos of its interior, but we assume that the Model Y will also feature a similar design of the Model X, except it will be less spacious because of the smaller dimensions.
The production of the Model Y should start this November at the Fremont plant in California. And its key competitors will be the BMW X3 EV and the Mercedes-Benz EQC models.
Powertrain and range of the 2019 Tesla Model Y
Although the carmaker still hasn’t said anything about the drivetrain of the 2019 Tesla Model Y, we could make some predictions based on the information known so far. The Model Y will be an all-electric SUV which will share the same platform which underpins the Tesla Model 3. So, since they will use the same architecture, they will probably share the same engine. The Model 3 will arrive with two battery sizes among which the one provides the range of 220 miles. The more powerful will provide the range of around 310 miles. Furthermore, it is very likely that the all-wheel drive system will be standard in both models.
Exterior and interior
When it comes to the platform, the first plan was to make the new electric architecture for the all-new 2019 Tesla Model Y. However, because of the financial reasons but also to start its production earlier than planned, the new Tesla SUV will use the same underpinnings as the Model 3.
In the terms of exterior design, the Model Y will borrow some design tweaks form the Model X. So, they will probably feature a similar design of the grille, headlights and overall shape. Moreover, it might also receive the same “Falcon wing” doors, but we cannot claim it for sure.
On the other hand, there isn’t any official information about the interior of the 2019 Tesla Model Y, but it is very likely that there will be some resemblances with the Model X also.
Release date and price
The 2019 Tesla Model Y is planned to be presented in early 2020. The pricing is not known yet, but according to some rumors, it could start at around $35,000.