Tesla expanded its portfolio with a fourth model called Model Y. It combines Model S, Model 3 and Model X and delivers an important message about electric cars: they are S3XY. That's the idea behind the name structure of Tesla. More seriously, the Model Y shares about 75 percent of its components with the Model 3, a strategy that will help the California-based company take advantage of economies of scale. The two cars are inevitably similar in different key areas, but also differ where they aim to target different target customers.
We look at where the two smallest models of Tesla overlap how they differ.
The Model 3 brought Tesla's design language in a new, more mature direction. It is characterized by a grille front, a low hood, which is made possible by a gasoline engine and durchfegte LED headlamps. Stylists have made it as aerodynamic as possible to increase the range, which explains why it has an almost hatchback-like roofline that empties into a trunk lid with integrated spoiler. Sharp lights that extend into the side panels emphasize the width of the car, while the use of chrome trim adds a touch of elegance to the overall design.
The model Y follows clearly the path that the model 3 from the front tip gives bumper at the base of the windshield. He wears the same low bonnet and elongated headlights as his saloon counterpart. In addition, the designers looked at the Model X. The long, sloping roof line of the Y reminds of the X, as well as the shape of the square taillights. Above all, it is instantly recognizable as a member of the Tesla family, without it being a copy of another car. The company has bypassed the Russian doll approach to styling.
Interior and technology
Tesla attaches great importance to technology when designing an interior. The Model 3 embodies this approach with a 15.0-inch screen that looks like an oversized iPad. Positioned on the dashboard, it displays the vehicle's infotainment system and bundles a long list of functions to replace almost every stick, key and dial commonly found in the vehicle. Do you want to adjust the mirrors? There is a menu in the infotainment system. Are you trying to adjust the air conditioning? Press the screen a few times to set the temperature and even move the vents.
The Model Y uses the same 15.0-inch screen as the Model 3 to display the same infotainment system, and its interior is similarly high in minimalism. Thanks to the higher roofline, however, it is much more spacious. It can accommodate up to seven passengers when buyers tick the seven-seater box on the list of additional options and check in the trunk at 66 cubic feet. In comparison, the model 3 is only a five-seater, and its load capacity is about 15 cubic feet.
Both the Model 3 and the Model Y are optionally available with autopilot. It's a semi-autonomous technology that adds eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a forward radar that allow the vehicle to change lanes, read speed signs, navigate highway exits and brake when a collision threatens. and park yourself. The drivers have to be alert at all times. The autopilot does not make any vehicle a completely self-driving car. Tesla is working on one, but it's not finished yet.
There are no less than six different variants of the Model 3 to choose from. The standard range version corresponds to the price that Tesla had promised when it introduced the car in 2016. For the money, buyers get a range of up to 220 miles, a sprint of 5.6 seconds from zero to 60 miles per hour and 130 -mph top speed. The entry-level 3 is offered only with rear-wheel drive.
Buyers who upgrade to the standard Range Plus can unlock a range of 240 miles and a sprint of 5.3 seconds from zero to 60 miles per hour. The versions mid-range and long-range can be paid for up to 264 or 325 miles. They remain rear-wheel drive. Buyers who need four-wheel drive have two options: long-haul and power. Both offer a range of up to 500 kilometers, and the performance model reaches a speed of 60 mph within 3.2 seconds, a number that makes it as fast as many supercars.
The model Y is bigger, heavier and less aerodynamic than the model 3, so it is a bit slower. That does not mean that it is disappointed – at least not on paper. The Standard Range model has a range of 230 miles and it takes 5.9 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a stop. There is no mid-range version. Buyers who want a faster Y that can go further need to use the 300-mile long-range option. The addition of a twin-engine four-wheel drive increases this number to 280 miles and reduces the Y-time from zero to 60 mph to 4.8 seconds. Eventually, the Model Y Performance retains the 280-mile range of all-wheel drive, but it only takes 3.5 seconds to travel from zero to 60 mph.
Price and Availability
The Tesla Model 3 is now available in the USA. Some variants – including the entry-level model – can take up to eight weeks. Prices range from $ 35,000 for a standard rear-wheel-drive model to $ 58,000 for a top-of-the-range, all-wheel-drive version. Buyers are entitled to a tax incentive of US $ 3,750, although that figure will decrease to US $ 1,875 on July 1, 2019 and fall to US $ 0 on December 31, 2019, as Tesla sells its € 200,000 Cars entered the spout.  Tesla introduced the Model Y in March 2019, more than a year before the planned start of production. The first deliveries are expected in autumn 2020. Prices start at $ 39,000 for the entry-level model and $ 60,000 for performance. Buyers are not entitled to state tax incentives, although they may be able to claim local incentives, depending on where they live.
Both vehicles are sold exclusively online. While Tesla changed its mind about closing most of its brick-and-mortar stores, it sticks to its digital distribution strategy. Bet motorists will happily buy a Model Y without driving or even sitting. Those who are disappointed can reimburse it after seven days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first.