For the (small) kids only.
The Tesla Model Y has been a phenomenal success for the automaker as it continues to ramp up production of the all-electric crossover. Manufactured in California and Shanghai, the Model Y is mechanically very similar to the Model 3 sedan, but its larger size and additional cargo space often make it better suited for families. There was, however, just one problem: it lacked an available third-row seat. That has now been resolved.
Following yesterday's announcement of the three-row Model Y and its new base price tag of $41,900, Tesla has released a couple of images of the new third row and, as expected, it's small. Like crazy small. See for yourself in the images below.
This $3,000 option folds flat into the floor (as does the second row) for increased cargo capacity and comes with a number of features occupants will appreciate such as USB-C charging, electronic fold-flat releases in the trunk, and easy entry with the second row sliding forward. There are even a couple of cup holders. But once back there, the two third-row occupants will be rather squished if they're not small children.
Tesla even acknowledged this reality by changing the wording on its website from fitting "7 adults" to "7 people." We were always skeptical seven adults could be packed into a three-row Model Y as there were no plans for an extended-length version.
The third-row option is available for both the Standard Range and Long Range Model Y for the same price. Tesla has promised a seven-seat Model Y since the vehicle first launched back in March 2019. No specific availability date was provided at the time, but we suspect the option would have been made available sooner if it hadn't been for delays and a general global disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Now that it's on sale, Tesla says US customers will have a lead time of around two to five weeks for deliveries.