The facelifted Model Y may be further out than we thought. Or is there a more sinister explanation?
A post from @teslascope on X refutes a previous report that claimed the updated Tesla Model Y, codenamed Project Juniper, would be arriving on our shores later this year.
According to the post, Tesla told delivery advisors the following: "It is important that we communicate transparently that there is no refresh for Model Y launching this year."
As such, it appears we can expect that the new Tesla Model Y will arrive stateside early next year instead. But just like the Tesla Model 3 facelift, overseas markets like Europe and China still appear to be in line to get the reworked midsize crossover first.
Either Tesla isn't ready to launch the updated car in America this year, or it still has a lot of inventory to clear. As it happens, the automaker offering a $1,000 price cut for the base RWD and mid-spec Long Trim trims for the remainder of the month.
Tesla points out that buyers can also enjoy a $7,500 EV tax credit across the range (RWD, Long Range, and Performance). The Model Y is among the few EV models still eligible for the incentive, along with the Tesla Model X, Volkswagen ID.4, and Ford F-150 Lightning. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also joins the list as the only PHEV to get a full credit.
The Long Range trim offers the most range at 310 miles. While the full specs of the new Model Y are yet to be revealed, we can expect the crossover to feature a more streamlined design similar to the facelifted Model 3. This should improve the EV's aerodynamic efficiency, which, in turn, should add more miles to the range.
The Tesla Model Y has entered the year with a strong momentum following becoming the best-selling model globally last year, according to JATO Dynamics, dethroning Toyota with its volume-sellers, the RAV4 and Corolla. With that much popularity, we doubt Tesla will struggle to find buyers this year, even without a facelift.