Musk Says Tesla Model Y Will Get New Platform And May Arrive In 2019

Production of the Tesla Model 3 has yet to commence and Elon Musk is already thinking about what’s next, including the Tesla Semi and perhaps most importantly, the Model Y.

We’ve known for quite some time that the Model Y will be a compact electric SUV and during a recent earnings call, Musk revealed a number of new details about the vehicle.

According to the company’s chief executive, the Model Y won’t be built around the same platform as the Model Y and will instead feature “completely different” architecture. Additionally, Musk expressed his intent to ditch the 12-volt battery systems used by existing Tesla models in favor of a setup that requires less wiring in a move which will inevitably simplify production, The Verge reports.

Musk also says that the Model Y could hit the production line as soon as late 2019 but given the company’s history of missing deadlines, we’ll take that with a grain of salt and realistically expect to see it arrive early next decade.

Rendering via RM Car Design

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  • ErnieB

    Why not make the Y of S3XY a super car?

  • EyalN

    and they may go out of business before 2019.
    car company is not an app company that can stay in business without making profit. they open factories, make cars and lose money since they opened in 2003

  • Six_Tymes

    this render looks very good

    • Jay

      Better looking than the X if you ask me…

  • Bo Hanan

    Does anyone care that Tesla’s are ugly- inside AND outside?

  • HOPEFULLY THEY’LL COME UP WITH A BETTER SIGNATURE FRONT END.

  • gary4205

    That’s not an SUV! That’s an 80’s AMC Eagle, that won’t be as reliable or actually have 4WD!

  • Maricaibo

    Electric auto front ends- why do they need to include a vestigial grill? It’s like a humanoid robot with smoothed over genitals….and it does resemble an Eagle!

  • diesel_vdub

    Someone goofed on proofreading. “the Model Y won’t be built around the same platform as the Model Y”

  • NoSnarkHere

    Maybe you have already seen it

    What is this compact SUV 49 seconds into the boring company video?

    https://youtu.be/u5V_VzRrSBI?t=49s

  • Smith

    Still more diversion of attention and more distraction from their core business. So, Tesla still has the highest valuation amongst automotive manufacturers and yet they have not made a penny for investors or for the company, ever. Except for the share value, which is all that matters. This is just a paper company. Tesla does not make any money of $100,000 plus cars and the future looks grim. The Model 3 sales targets have quietly be changed, dramatically and this will negatively effect the company. Original projections that Elon was adamant of meeting, called for 250,000 units in 2017, from July on and 500,000 units in 2018. That is almost 10,000 units per week, starting in July 2017, not 5,000 a week sometime in 2017 and 10,000 a week sometime in 2018. Does not look like they will hit that target. And then there is the matter of burning through cash, conveniently disguised as a result of development costs for new products, such as the much publicized truck that will require further billions to complete, before the company has shown a profit on one vehicle. Elon is Mr. Smoke and Mirrors and Wall Street continues to be fooled by the BS that comes out of Silicon Valley. Be prepared for this paper company to go up in smoke. No responses required as they will be irrelevant shareholder comments and will not be read by this writer.

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