It’s been solely three days since Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s latest electrical automobile, the Mannequin Y compact SUV, was launched throughout a rock-show model occasion at its Los Angeles design studio. So, what has been the response up to now?
The founding father of the electrical automobile and battery storage pioneer offered the automobile following a retrospective of the company’s achievements to date, together with Musk’s personal Roadster – the primary ever made, in addition to in fact the Mannequin S, Mannequin X and Mannequin three.
Arguably probably the most talked about electrical automobile launch since its predecessor, the all-electric Mannequin three sedan, the Mannequin Y will first promote from the northern autumn of 2020, beginning at $US47,000 for the rear-wheel, Lengthy Vary model ($A66,300 at as we speak’s charges), with the Twin Motor AWD and Efficiency model additionally out there for at $US51,000 and $US60,000 ($A72,000 and $A84,600 at as we speak’s charges respectively).
The “base” Normal mannequin can be out there from the northern hemisphere’s spring 2021, costing $US39,000 ($A55,000 at as we speak’s charges).
A blue Mannequin Y rolled out onto stage on the occasion becoming a member of its stablemates whereas Musk talked the viewers by means of the assorted specs of the Mannequin Y – which begins with real world range of 370km for its base model, and might drive over 240km/hr and speed up from Zero-60mph (96.5km/hr) in three.5 seconds for its Efficiency variant.
Musk additionally identified options like security and dealing with, which like many different electrical vehicles exceed their ICE counterparts due to a low-mounted battery pack and due to this fact low centre of gravity.
“It has the performance of an SUV however will journey like a sports activities automobile,” Musk stated. “This factor can be actually tight on corners.”
“It’s testing out at a Zero.23 drag coefficient which is extraordinarily good for an SUV.”
Maybe acutely aware that in the first place sight the Mannequin Y doesn’t have the bodily presence of the Mannequin X, Musk additionally identified options just like the panoramic roof.
“It actually feels, similar to the Mannequin three, when you’re inside, it appears like you may see the sky,” he stated.
How does the Mannequin Y truly stack up although?
Whereas it’s 18 months till the Mannequin Y goes into manufacturing, Tesla did have one working mannequin on the occasion (the blue one, in addition to a white shell), and a few fortunate punters on the occasion have been capable of take a take a look at journey and have shared their experiences.
Youtube reviewer Daerik particularly has posted an insightful overview of his impressions of the Mannequin Y, with numerous comparisons to the Mannequin three, S and X.
Using within the backseat and speaking to a driver within the entrance, he acquired to search out out numerous issues not talked about by Musk within the unveiling occasion.
Sharing 75 per cent of components with the Mannequin three means it has the identical battery and motors because the Mannequin three, with the identical turning radius and tremendous flat dealing with.
It additionally shares the entrance seats and sprint – it’s value noting although that the entrance seats are seated on a riser to offer from row passengers that feeling of stepping of out of a automobile of peak one expects in an SUV.
With a 7 seater possibility, what’s new within the Mannequin Y are the second and third row seats, which Tesla is promoting as capable of seat 7 adults.
This is a crucial level; size-wise, we right here on the Pushed have made the comparability between the Mannequin Y and its premium SUV cousin, the Mannequin X – that it’s “a smaller, and vastly cheaper model of the Mannequin X”.
But it surely does should be remembered it isn’t a lot a smaller and extra reasonably priced model of the Mannequin X, however a bigger model of the Mannequin three.
Tesla has added a video to its web site displaying the inside of the Mannequin Y with the seats folded down, displaying that it does have ample room when you don’t want to move folks as nicely.
Daerik nevertheless factors out that the again row actually might be simply sufficiently big for youngsters, as a result of it’s in truth Mannequin three’s “greater brother”, retaining the identical aerodynamic however barely larger roofline (and therefore nonetheless drag coefficient).
As Musk described, Daerik concurs on the panoramic glass, which opens up the inside due to its Mannequin X windshield and Mannequin S panoramic roof.
The remainder of his evaluation is value a watch:
So, what might the Mannequin Y be in comparison with up to now?
As an electrical automobile in what’s the hottest auto phase in lots of components of the world, together with Australia in line with V-Information, it has loads of competitors.
One punter on Twitter posted this handy comparability to his present 7-seater Toyota Prius (sure a hybrid however definitely worth the comparability size-wise).
— Franco Mossotto (@FMossotto) March 16, 2019
The Mannequin Y is just not meant to be a competitor to a lot larger priced electrical SUVs such because the Jaguar I-Tempo and Audi e-tron.
And with its low value level (in comparison with different electrical SUVs) it’s clear that the Mannequin Y doesn’t search to be a giant, extraordinarily roomy SUV like its Mannequin X cousin.
Will probably be extra more likely to go up in opposition to the compact SUVs such because the Mazda CX3, or the Honda CH-R and compact electrical SUVs just like the Hyundai Kona Electrical.
It’s precisely what it’s imagined to be: an entry stage electrical SUV that on preliminary impressions will tick packing containers for a choose, however more and more rising, viewers.
Editor’s notice: This text has been edited to mirror the proper drag coefficient.