Tesla Model Y Is Safe, Fast, And Has Up To 300 Miles Of Range

The Tesla Model Y has just premiered at a special launch event in Los Angeles. The SUV will join the Model 3, Model S, and Model X in Tesla’s range of consumer passenger vehicles as well as the impending second-generation Tesla Roadster and Tesla Semi.

Tesla will ultimately offer the Model Y in four configurations. The entry-level, Standard Range model is expected to arrive in Spring 2021 and will be the cheapest of the four, starting at $39,000. Before the Standard Range model arrives, however, customers will have three different variants to choose from all of which will launch in Fall 2020.

The cheapest of these three models will be the Tesla Model Y Long Range. As the name implies, this variant will focus on maximizing range and be able to cover 300 miles (482 km) on a single charge. It will also be able to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and have a 130 mph (209 km/h) top speed. It will start at $47,000.

One step up in the range will be the Tesla Model Y Dual Motor AWD. This variant will sacrifice 20 miles of range from the Long Range in favor of improved performance. It will have a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h) and deal with the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds. Pricing will start at $51,000.

Last but not least will be the Tesla Model Y Performance. Thanks to a pair of powerful electric motors, this model will have a 280 mile (450 km) range, a 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed and accelerate to 60 mph in a blistering 3.5 seconds. It has been priced from $60,000.

As we long expected, the Tesla Model Y’s front fascia is strikingly similar to the Model 3, it’s four-door sedan sibling. Consequently, the automaker’s entry-level SUV has large headlights and a relatively short front overhang.

Viewed from the rear, the Tesla Model Y has a similar profile to the larger Model X but has taillights more akin to those of the Model 3.

Inside, the all-electric SUV offers seating for seven and adopts the same minimalist design of the Model 3. The seven seats will be an optional extra. Among the key interior features is a panoramic glass roof and the automaker’s horizontal 15-inch central touchscreen display. All up, the cabin offers 66 cubic feet of storage space.

Tesla chief executive has big ambitions for the Tesla Model Y and claims that it could sell more examples than the Model 3 and Model S combined.

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  • Jp

    It is a bit disappointing to see that it looks just like a Model 3 on high heels. I was hoping for a more family oriented vehicle, but I guess since it is an SUV it should be an immediate success anyway.

  • Alduin

    This looks exactly like a model 3. Wtf is up with Tesla do they not know how to properly make an SUV? Or how to design one? Between this and the model X they obviously have no clue at all. That dashboard is awful how can anyone like that?

  • Galaxium

    It looks exactly like a Model 3 because they’re definitely sharing parts – correct me if I’m wrong later.

    The headlights and taillights are the same, and I’ll bet the vast majority of the internals are the same.

    It’s lazy, but it’s what Tesla needed to create a cheaper SUV without too much R&D.

    • Alduin

      99% of this thing is exactly the same as the model 3. The only 1% difference is that it’s slightly lifted.

    • Well I’m not even sure you could call this an SUV. There’s no height in the suspension to make it look tall – only the panels seem to have been stretched for added height.

  • ME
    • Alduin

      What a piece of 💩


        Tesla design might not be on top, but you can’t afford it

        • Alduin

          I can afford it. Why would I buy it? Teslas are for smug a$$holes.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            says the guy that drives a hugo

          • Alduin

            Wtf is a Hugo? You mean Yugo? Lol dumbass.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Same thing, you irrelevant trash

          • Alduin

            You’re an idiot with a very low IQ.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            says the dumb american

          • Alduin

            You’re retarded.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            says the low IQ american

  • Ruel Lewis

    Very disappointed. Just a bloated model 3. Hideous.

    • GobbleUp

      This I agree.
      I have two S and love.
      The X is nasty looking and the 3 is odd at best.
      This new thing is also fugly.

    • All I can see is lengthened waiting times, due to increased pressure on Model 3 parts suppliers.

  • designer_dick

    Based on the shape of the roofline, headroom in the optional third row must be absolutely appalling. More of a 5+2 than a real 7-seater. The design is incredibly disappointing – it looks like they accidentally overinflated a Model 3.

  • Nordschleife

    Unless I saw this on the street (for size reference) I’d swear this was a Model 3. I guess Elon said I am not doing Sh*t to cause any additional complications with building them. He is tired of you all talking about him and his delays.

  • LJ

    It looks like if a little kid tried to draw a Model 3.

    • Alduin

      That’s probably who they have designing their cars at Tesla.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        Actually, I had a designer friends who used to work there. Back in the day when Elon was still married, apparently the wife and kids would regularly pick which designs and colours they liked the best.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    The Pontiac Aztek has returned and it’s electric!!!!!!!



  • Mr. EP9

    That’s pretty much what I expected: A bloated Model 3.

    Damn is that ugly.

  • Alduin

    Tesla doesn’t know how to design a car let alone build one. They’re a software company not an automaker.

    • GobbleUp

      Moronic. On my second S now, best car made. Prefer over my speciale and Performante.

      • Eagle By Singer

        S3XY 2.0

        • TheAmerican2point0

          Damnit they’re breeding. Kill em before they overpopulate.

          • Eagle By Singer

            Th…th…they’re c..capable of that?

      • Alduin

        Not moronic,truth. Have you seen the poor build quality? Panel gaps and door panels not lining up? Yeah you don’t know wtf you’re talking about.

      • Mark Hawthorne

        Oh yeah, that’s likely.

    • europeon

      I suspect am sure their customers don’t care about the design.

      • Alduin

        Because the people who buy them are brain dead anyways.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Not bad. I would rather have this over the regular model 3. Another revenue stream and an affordable way to show – superficially – that you’re not just getting by on a 3 car line up… that you’re still designing and innovating.

  • Brian Regan

    To paraphrase Mr. Clarkson – Who looked at the design of that car and said “Yes! That’s exactly what I wanted.”?

  • It looks ugly but those figures are much better than the i-pace
    RIP I-pace

    • Matt

      Well you’ll be able to own an iPace for two years before you can get a Model Y. I think by then Jaguar will have updated the iPace to keep it competitive.

      On looks alone some people will choose the Jaguar despite lower performance.

  • Gullet

    I had hoped for more, but I think the looks add up anyhow.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Again what is it with no bloody interior pictures!

    • Matt

      It’s just the Model 3 interior if you’re curious.

  • Belthronding

    Looks like Tesla makes a electrified Bmw 5GT (6GT now) and not in a good way.
    But no matter, 5/6GT is also damn ugly.

    • Shelby GT500

      Looks more like X4, not the 5/6 GT

      • Belthronding

        X4 is not that much ugly


    Enough said about the questionable styling (and sorry Audi, there is the new leader of design similarities over the product line), but this is no SUV!! Call it crossover, or ulceration, but I don´t see anything looking like a SUV…

  • klowik

    why not build a wagon for the 7-seat?? the 3rd row is pretty much un-seatable with this sloping roof line.

  • Shobin Drogan

    I know tesla doesnt focus much on design, but for the love of god, you can at least pretend to care.

  • Bash

    Looks like nothing I didn’t expect. Plus a bit comical.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    Was there a kindergarden car drawing competition to achieve the perfect Tesla look. Coming soon to a Pixar movie in a theatre near you.

  • nik

    Huge disappointment wow

    • nik

      At least I’m pretty

      • Belthronding

        Hahahaa you are

        • nik

          Haha confirmed 😘

  • homemark

    Why does Tesla think we’re interested in hearing this 18 months/2 years before launch? It’s no longer pioneering and the design is dull, and dated.

  • supermanuel

    Like the Model X, this is absolutely NOT an SUV. Also like the Model X, the styling is incredibly dull.

  • McFly

    At least it looks better than the Model X. That’s something.

  • Danny Boy

    Good job Tesla! Your productivity isn’t what was promised, but thank you for your contribution to a cleaner environment! Which is more than I can say for our own current administration whom refuses to even admit that there is need for concern. Zero emissions from an automobile manufacturer is something we all should be praising!

  • Pedro Pereira


  • Craig

    I like it. But I have to wonder. Is it smart to reveal what’s up your sleeve so far in advance? I would say not.

    • Mike anonymous

      I also like the Y, I don’t think it looks all that bad, but….THIS is how they make money & Stay relevant. The reason they do this is so they can receive reservations. If about 50,000 people reserve a vehicle, that is over $250,000 in their pocket to build the vehicle (not including the full price people will ‘actually’ have to pay for the vehicle) all prior to the vehicle actually launching.

      They also need to stay relevant because at this point all that Tesla really is,(Imo) is; ‘slightly better design than the competitors’ & a brand name.
      In todays EV vehicle market, there are a great many vehicles that are safer, cheaper, have higher build quality, and produce far better range than the vehicles Tesla produces, they simply lack the brand name. Without the name brand, their design, (and maybe software) they don’t really have much that stands against the competition realistically anymore.

      The reason I am not necessarily a fan of the company has nothing to do with the vehicles they produce, but rather the way they are managed and run,.. the ‘context of their character’ if you will.
      They do a number of misleading things, and are very ‘smart’ in how they market things such as layoffs (example ‘closing down retail stores’), and much more.

      They are a SMART company, run by very SMART people, but I’m just not a fan of them (or anyone really for that matter) using their intelligence for the purpose of manipulation. (Even if it is within the best interest of the company, being manipulative is not in the best interest of the people.

      • EM1

        Please be like everyone else with your use of fonts. It hurts the eyes. Thank you.

      • Craig

        Very interesting!

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Wait what? This dated, bloated up model 3 isn’t available until 2021??? Hey guys, Ford are introducing the new 1958 EDSEL soon!!!!



  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    Is Tesla using the same platform for all their cars? With those tiny wheels and ground clearance, this looks nothing like an SUV. It looks like a distorted Model 3 vertically stretched and horizontally shortened in MS word.

    • Mike anonymous

      #1: I can agree (crossover) or lifted (whatever category vehicle such as the Prius V & Mini Countryman sit in), would be a better description of what this is. I am not sure if Sports Utitliy Vehicle may fit the Y well, it seems most companies will use SUV as opposed to crossover because it ‘sounds cooler’ even if it improperly describes what they are selling. (based on a point of view).

      #2: I was not aware you could do that in MS word. I suppose you learn something new everyday.


  • TheBelltower

    I’ll have to warm up to it. The Model 3 was sitting on the same stage as the Y, and I couldn’t tell the difference. A little more differentiation would be nice. I have no idea how the Y will be able to accommodate 7 seats. And more than 300 miles of range would be good in a small crossover that’s coming out in a year and a half… since the Model S achieved this several years ago.

  • Bo Hanan
  • mist

    Just as beautiful as a blobfish

  • Darnell Robeson

    Looks like a Pruis…im disappointed

  • EM1

    I’ll take one. We need to thank Musk for his list of accomplishments, however I have a feeling VW’s “ACT 2” of electrification will have a more attractive line up.

  • Rev360

    I see what Elon is doing with his naming convention he’s spelling SEXY lol:
    S – Model S
    3 – Model E (Ford wouldnt release Model E)
    X – Model X
    Y – Model Y

    • Matt

      Yeah, we have a resident Tesla fan on here called S3XY.

  • ErnieB

    They called it Y because Y The f$&k is it that ugly..

  • Jorge Teixeira

    “Tesla CLAIMS Model Y Is Safe, Fast, And Has Up To 300 Miles Of Range”
    There, I fixed it for you

  • ctk4949

    When will leasing be available?? I aint keeping one of these for more than 3 years.

  • SgtBeavis

    I think I might be in a minority here but I think the proportions of the Y are a big improvement on the overall Model 3 design. It’s a much better looking car. I just find it laughable that anyone would call this an SUV or even a crossover.

    But I genuinely like the design.

    My real concerns are Tesla’s production plans. They’ve never been good at getting cars out the door in a timely manner and the CA plant is so overpacked that they had to build tents to get Model 3 production up to the volume they had targeted. I really don’t like the idea of starting production at the Gigafactory plant because they are going to need that floorspace for more batteries.

    One idea I do like is for Tesla to take over one of the GM factories. The only challenge there is Tesla’s opposition to the UAW.

  • Stephen G

    I don’t care for the “1941 Buick Special” look on so many cars today.

  • Mikestroh

    It looks like a Model 3 that’s been pulled and stretched up by the center of the roof and this is the end result. Next!!!!

  • Liam Paul

    Am I the only one who thinks all these Tesla’s are ugly, they all look like big eggs on wheels! I can tell you, no matter how much money I have , I have zero desire for a Tesla. Hell I think a School Bus has more appeal than this new Y or any other Tesla

  • Liam Paul

    Am I the only one who thinks all these Tesla’s are ugly, they all look like big eggs on wheels, esp the ones painted white lol, it looks like a Egg and speaking of eggs, everytime I see a white tesla, I cant help but think of Morks egg spaceship from the tv show Mork and Mindy
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e10d1962925c112d271df77b107b4cfc46af12451ecbc0ad0a678a27ca8507cc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a9b063baa09e8ef113b3c9930f5ffea14020f1e402c95ca7c6680cb682631f2f.jpg

  • Tumbi Mtika

    What a disappointment looks wise.

    Is the Model S dead? Ironically, It seems like they’ve forgotten how to make sexy cars after their first attempt.

    This is boring as hell, I don’t wanna be seen in this. The Prius took more risks.

    • rodriguez256

      I agree however if taking a risk means ending up with a Prius design then Im very glad they didn’t take any risks.

  • Sebastien

    SUV? lol

  • Nick099

    Complete with the flexi-chassis and cracked windows???

    Yes, it is getting more attractive…in the marketing dept.

    When Tesla can build a quality car…not just a great power plant, that is when they become something more than a fantastical curiosity.

  • S3XY

    Disappointing they didn’t even bother to change the headlight design.

    It’s literally a taller Model 3.

    But this thing will sell to people with planned and accident children somehow. Because everyone love crossovers for some reason

    • Jp

      Couldn’t agree more. Predictable, a bit boring but probably a future success.

    • Rick Alexander

      I’m pretty sure the
      ..choice to use headlights and other bits from other products within the line, was how they kept the pricing down, and how they were able to bring it to market as fast as they did. I agree, they could’ve used the opportunity to break new ground. However, I expect the second gen Model Y to be more adventurous designwise.

      • Matt

        You’re already talking about the second gen? That’s probably going to be a decade from now….. hardly worth discussion.

    • ace_9

      Strange way of saying “people with children” or just “parents”…

    • Matthew Daraei

      Model S
      Model 3
      Model X
      Model Y
      = S3XY

  • Elpatore

    I really struggle to understand why Tesla, having the freedom that their powertrain allows, produces such ugly cars. Don’t get me wrong, I like them because they pushed other manufacturers to electrification VERY quickly, but teslas are anything BUT “S3XY”. (except for the roadster)

    • PatriotWay

      Well, it’s at least better looking than the Model 3 and Model X, although that’s not saying much.

  • PatriotWay

    With all the other EVs coming from Jag, VW, Audi, etc over the next 18 months, why would you plunk down money to wait for this thing (which will inevitably arrive late and with serious quality issues)?

    • Which of these companies will offer a small affordable SUV in 18 months of time? How is 18 months different from being able to buy the Model Y in 2020?

  • botornot387

    Looks ugly. Was really hoping it wouldn’t take the model x bloated look, but can’t argue with the performance or range for that pricing.

  • Matt

    Interesting that you have constantly criticized European brands as being basically unreliable and that Toyota is the only company that makes good cars, yet you are seriously contemplating owning one of the least reliable brands in America? Explain that one…

  • PatriotWay

    Do they design in-house? If so, they should really consider hiring an outside design studio.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Agreed. The Model S is the only Tesla that is remotely attractive and it desperately needs a complete re-design, especially in todays market. I really think this is going to end up hurting Tesla as the EV market is flooded with models from all of the big boy manufacturers. I mean, who in their right mind would choose a Model S over a Porsche Taycan or a Model X over the Audi E-tron? These cars are not only much better looking than their competition from Tesla, but they are also significantly more luxurious inside with much nicer materials. The interiors of the Model S and X are nowhere near nice enough for cars costing $100k+.

  • Momogg

    Before we had prius plus, welcome to tesla plus! 😂😂😂

  • Matt

    The surfacing and DLO made me think of the Mercedes Bionic concept from 2005. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/50fb189ccf0f3daf7d6b58aad39a68a261a272283b731d5ca2b0d0f4dc8e6925.jpg



    • Alx

      Agree… yet, it really is most offensively awkward!

  • Alduin

    Who don’t know how to make cars there I fixed it for you.

  • Alduin

    Introducing the model Y like why would you buy this abomination?

  • LeStori

    A rang eof 300 miles. So I can jump in this car and drive it at 70 mph for at least 250 mile on a 40c (104 F ) day with a safety margin? I can currently do over 360 miles with a safety margin with my current car under the same circumstances. I normally do the 250 mile trip at Christmas, which is in the middle of summer. It is the minimum benchmark for me to buy an electric car. Not going to consider a recharge.

  • DK

    The New NewBeetle

  • Mike anonymous

    Whoops LOL! thank you for the catch. I meant to type $250,000,000 not $250,000 (fixing it now)

  • Mike anonymous

    No I definitely got the point, but I just didn’t know you could do that previously (my response for #2 was more in the; ‘you learn something new everyday‘ kind of way). 👍

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