Model Y

Tesla revealed the Model Y crossover SUV on Thursday night.
The Model Y’s specs are impressive, especially in Performance trim.
But the design, while distinctive in crossover SUV land, isn’t a huge departure from what has become a familiar Tesla look.

LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the Model Y SUV at the carmaker’s design studio on Thursday night, to the cheers of a crowd of Tesla owners and special guests gathered inside.

Musk was in loose, easygoing form — he ditched his now-famous habit of wearing a cool new jacket for the vehicle reveal, opting instead for a basic black blazer, but he did don black-and-red Nike Jordans for the occasion.

Tesla’s lineup — Model S, Model 3, Model X, and now Model Y — spells out “S3XY,” and Musk offered plenty of jokes on that score as he reviewed Tesla’s history, starting with the first Roadster and concluding with the Model Y unveiling. At times, the CEO, embattled through 2018, seemed to be engaging in an extended standup comedy routine. He boldly declared that in 10 years, Tesla will be driven on Mars, cracking himself up.

It was a good show, and it was topped off by the main event as the Model Y was driven out by Tesla design head Franz von Holzhausen.

In a dashing blue with blacked-out details such as badging and door handles for its debut, the Model Y is the car that Tesla urgently needs to be selling: a long-range all-electric crossover to capture the imagination of buyers increasingly besotted by these car/SUV mashups.

Great specs, familiar design

In Performance trim, the Model Y’s specs are stunning. A zero-to-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds meets 300 miles of range, with a 150 mph top speed and $60,000 price tag. That trim level arrives in late 2020, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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