When Tesla launches a new model, the motoring world sits up and takes notice. The all-new, 2020 Tesla Model Y is the manufacturer's latest offering and is classified as a compact electric crossover. Riding on the Model 3's platform, this EV slots in under the Model X and starts at $52,990 for the Long Range version; a full $30,000 cheaper than the Model X. As with Tesla's other offerings, the Model Y can be turned into an electric hotrod: the Performance trim will do the 0-60 mph sprint in only 3.5 seconds courtesy of all-wheel drive and 480 electric horsepower on tap. To get anywhere close to that level of performance, you'll have to fork out over $10,000 extra for gas-powered competitors such as the BMW X3 M or a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. There are a few shortcomings such as build quality issues and an as-of-yet unproven reliability record, but with tons of practicality, this electric vehicle might just end up being Tesla's bestseller.
The first-generation Tesla Model Y is an all-new arrival for the 2020 model year. Initially, only Long Range and Performance versions will be available. Featuring Tesla's dual-motor all-wheel-drive layout, even the Long Range is still a high-performance SUV, managing 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and a 316-mile range, while the Performance version can do the benchmark sprint in 3.5 seconds. The 2020 Model Y gets high-tech features like a 15-inch center touchscreen, advanced driver-assist features, and amenities like 12-way power-adjustable front seats. A more affordable Standard Range model, a third row of seating (taking seating capacity up to seven), and a cheaper Long Range with rear-wheel-drive are expected to follow for the 5-door crossover in due course.
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The all-new 2020 Tesla Model Y electric SUV is currently only offered with all-wheel drive and dual electric motors. In the front, you'll find a single AC induction, liquid-cooled motor, and in the back, you get an AC permanent magnet synchronous motor. Power is sent to the wheels via a single-speed fixed-gear transmission. The Long Range model kicks out 449 hp, while the Performance trim produces 480 hp. Power delivery is instant and highly addictive and mid three-second zero to sixty times can be expected. No compact crossover should be this fast. The Model Y has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
Charging is easy with Tesla's ever-expanding Supercharger network, and can grant up to 158 miles of range in just 15 minutes using the latest V3 chargers.
Tesla's crusade to be the EV manufacturer of the people is gaining momentum with the introduction of the Model Y. This is a significant move for the manufacturer, as it now opens up a massive chunk of the EV market by offering a more affordable miniaturized version of the Model X. Competitors such as the Audi e-tron and BMW's upcoming iX3 are also more expensive, giving the Model Y a further edge, but the Ford Mustang Mach-E will pose stiff competition. The Model Y proves itself to be an extremely capable and practical little crossover with excellent range, massive performance, impressive safety levels, and elegant styling. Sure the build quality is still iffy, but this is one of the best offerings currently on the market, and once the more affordable Standard Range model gets introduced next year, we expect sales to set new records for the brand. Our review of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is positive, but we look forward to seeing what the competition brings to the US in the near future.
Tesla gives you two options: do you want to go really quick and far, or do you want to go really, really quick and not as far. To be honest, the Long Range offers all the performance you'd ever need and an impressive maximum driving range. The Performance model is quicker on paper, but out in the real world, both cars feel explosive. We'd stick with the Long Range car and add the Full Self-Driving Capability package, which adds all the driver-assist features that Tesla has to offer. In this spec, the price of the Tesla Model Y SUV is a tick under $60k.