Tesla just posted a video to commemorate the beginning of deliveries of the Tesla Model Y to lucky owners. Ahead of schedule!
Produced in China, Germany and US, this crossover version of the Model 3 seems to be the one to consider when orders start in the Middle East.
Here’s what we know, before we can get our hands on one.
A Model 3 in sheep’s clothing
The Tesla Model Y at first glance looks like bigger Model 3 as it should since it is a crossover built on the same platform. It features similar options to the Model 3 and we can expect it to be almost the same inside.
It will be the first Tesla to seat 7 people with that option be made available in 2021 production units. Each second row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage your big items. The liftgate opens to a low trunk floor that makes getting those big items easily loaded.
The Model Y comes with a 15inch touchscreen display that is designed to improve over time. Over-the-air software updates will introduce new features, functionality, and performance not just to the touchscreen, but to the vehicle driving dynamics and technology.
As with the Model 3, it has a glass roof that provides more UV protection and headroom. With an elevated seating position and low dash, the driver has a commanding view of the road ahead.
Unlike the Model X, the doors on the Model Y open normally – as they should!
The Model Y comes with 360 degree rear, side and forward-facing cameras provide maximum visibility, and 160m forward facing radar provides a long-range view of distant objects. 12 ultrasonic sensors detect nearby cars, prevent potential collisions and assist with parking.
As with every Tesla before it, the Model Y is designed to be the safest vehicle in its class. The low center of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones provide unmatched protection.
Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two ultra-responsive, independent electric motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels—for far better handling, traction and stability control. Model Y is capable across all terrains. 0 to 100kmh can be achieved in as little as 3.7 seconds.
If you charge overnight at home, you can wake up to a full battery every morning. And when you’re on the road, it’s easy to plug in along the way—at any public station or with the Tesla charging network. In a mere 15 minutes plugged into a supercharge station, you can get 270km of juice. So park, charge, get your snacks and you can make it from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in a sinch. It has an estimated 505km range, the longest electric range of any sport utility vehicle on the road.
All new Tesla cars come standard with emergency braking, collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and more. Model Y will have Full Self-Driving capability, enabling automatic driving on city streets and highways pending regulatory approval, as well as the ability to come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Many of these features will be available at a discounted rate upon booking in the Middle East, however, they won’t be working until the infrastructure catches up to the car.
Expected Price in the Middle East
What can we expect it to cost? Well, in the US the price range varies from $39,000 for the standard RWD range, all the way up to $61,000 for the Performance package.
Let’s compare how the prices are between the US and UAE on the Model 3 for the Performance package
Model 3 United Arab Emirates Purchase Price
Performance $59,150 (AED 215,900)
From the above, the performance package is approximately 17 percent more expensive in the UAE. So we can expect that the Model Y will start around $71,370 (AED 260,500).