Tesla Model Y Unveiled, Able To Drive Itself To You

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Tesla Model Y Unveiled, Able To Drive Itself To You

Tesla has unveiled its fourth model that takes the form of a sporty looking crossover.

The new Model Y will be offered in three variants initially, with the fourth entry-variant joining the line-up only nine months later in Spring 2021.  

Starting with the Long Range 2WD variant, the Model Y is expected to deliver a realistic range of 480 kilometres. A dual-motor Long Range AWD variant offers more power (range reduces to 450 km) and also asks for a US$4,000 premium over the US$47,000 2WD variant.

The Performance variant meanwhile offers supercar-like acceleration, with the 0 to 96 km/h benchmark sprint achieved in just 3.5 seconds. Tesla has priced the Model Y Performance from US$60,000, and that includes sports suspension, performance braking system, and large 20-inch wheels.

Starting at US$39,000, the Standard Range is no slouch either, with the benchmark sprint requiring less than 6 seconds. Being equipped with perhaps a smaller battery pack, the range is reduced to 370 kilometres on a single charge.

Tesla has maximized the cabin space to accommodate an optional third-row seat and all driving interface is communicated with the large 15-inch touchscreen, similar to the Tesla 3.

The Model Y will also have Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability on top of the Autopilot - both optional features - enabling automatic driving on city streets, where regulations allow. With the FSD function, the Model Y is capable of adapting to traffic lights (stop, wait, and go) and even overtake slower cars.

Tesla says with FSD, the Model Y will drive itself to you while you wait at a parking lot.

This fourth model also completes Tesla’s co-founder, Elon Musk, initial desire to have a line-up of 'SEXY' passenger vehicles, with the models S, 3, X, and now Y. Model 3 could not be named Model E due to protest from Ford Motor Company.



Siew Weng

Siew Weng

Weng loves the technical bits of the automobile, and even more fascinated on the reasons the designer created the crease or fold, as well as innovative use of existing systems to execute new features. Prior to being in the content creation field, Weng was part of the product life cycle management team for a few automotive brands.


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