The small crossover was spied being tested in California.
The Tesla Model Y is slated to be the company's second crossover model built on the Model 3 platform to sit below the Model X in the range. Revealed in March of 2019, the Y isn't slated to enter production until the latter half of 2020. Some rumors estimate it could hit production earlier than anticipated, but it will still be many months before we see the Model Y out on the road. Well, technically.
While it's still some way from being production-ready, Tesla has been spotted testing a few Model Y prototypes out on the road. YouTuber StevenMConroy must have been shocked when he drove into a shopping center in San Luis Obispo, California to find a Model Y pulling into a parking spot.
From far away, the Model Y could easily be confused with a Model 3 because the two vehicles look extremely similar. Up close, the Model Y clearly looks taller, has black plastic around the wheel arches, and uses a hatchback instead of a conventional trunk. This will give the Y more storage space than the 3 as well as an optional third-row seat.
Like its sedan counterpart, the Model Y will be offered with a few battery variants including a Long Range, Dual Motor Long Range, and Dual Motor Performance model. This white example is actually the Dual Motor Performance variant, as evidenced by a badge on the tailgate, black trim, and Power Sports Aero Wheels.
The Model Y Dual Motor Performance will be the quickest of the bunch with a 0-60 mph time of only 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. On a single charge, this version is expected to have a 280-mile range. Tesla will price the Model Y at $48,000 for the Long Range, $52,000 for the Dual Motor Long Range, and $61,000 for the Performance when it arrives as a 2021 model.