Tesla has just started deliveries of its Model Y, its new electric SUV, taking up most of the parts of the Model 3. Its differences with the compact sedan launched in 2017 could seem trivial, while 75% of its parts are shared with the Tesla's flagship model.
To be able to fully measure the points of differentiation, Tesla will have kept us waiting until the arrival of the first copies of Model Y from their new owners. Indeed, many details were only revealed when the keys to the cars were handed over in their user manual. Let us now look at these points.
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Enhanced Model 3 or shrunk Model X, Tesla’s new SUV should raise a lot of questions. To put it simply, the logic of its output somewhat follows that of the Model X. The brand's first SUV added space, compared to the Model S, as with the addition of a third row. The Model Y follows this logic: by taking the mass production philosophy of the Model 3, it adds space in the cabin and in the trunk.
In terms of size, the Model Y is 5.6 cm longer than the Model 3, has 7.1 cm more width and 18.2 cm more height. In the passenger compartment, these measures mainly benefit passengers in the second row, who gain 4.2 cm of head space, and up to 13.4 cm more for their legs.
At the trunk level, the difference is also noticeable. We will first point out that the tailgate is larger and therefore more practical, compared to the opening which is all the more similar to a traditional trunk on the Model 3. The loading volume is also significantly higher, not to say that it has nothing to do.
Finally, let's look at the wheels fitted to the new Tesla Model Y. Compared to the Model 3, we note that the width of the tires is more important. It goes from 8 to 9.5 inches. On the most powerful version called Performance, the rear wheels even go to 10.5 inches.
Equipment updated on the Model Y
Coming out three years later than its cousin, the Model Y benefits from updated equipment. On the connection part, we can note that the new electric SUV benefits from USB-C ports in its cabin. Two inputs are available on the second row, thus replacing the two USB-A ports of the Model 3. At the front, the compact sedan also has two USB-A sockets, when the Model Y offers a USB-A port and a USB-C port.
In view of the similarity of assembly of the two models, there is a good chance that Tesla will end up integrating its new ports in the new copies of the Model 3. But the Model Y will continue to differentiate itself by the presence of a induction charger. It will therefore be possible to wirelessly charge its compatible electronic devices, by simply dropping them on the dedicated surface.
We were talking about the tailgate, at the back of the Model Y. Good news for fans, its larger size comes with electric opening technology, which can come in handy when shopping for the whole family. Otherwise, the tailgate now houses the rear speakers, which were previously placed in a small box just behind the rear seats. An essential migration, while the Model Y is made to offer an option with a third row.
As you can see, the Model Y emphasizes space with a larger size thanks to its SUV silhouette. To be able to afford the vehicle, it will cost more than the Model 3. Its price in its basic version is $ 4,000 higher, at $ 39,000. For the moment, in France, the available prices only relate to the Large Autonomy and Performance versions. Respectively, the two versions are available at prices of € 63,000 and € 70,000.
The two models share the same engine / battery configurations, but the mass and the different silhouette of the Model Y reduce the capacities of the new electric SUV. In its Performance version, the vehicle will go from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds compared to 3.4 seconds for the Model 3. The machine is also more greedy in electricity: the Model Y Performance is limited to 505 km d '' autonomy in the WLTP mixed cycle, compared to 560 km on the Model 3.