The Tesla Model Y joins a growing range of electric SUVs in the car segment that has become very popular in many parts of the world, including Australia.
Its launch last Friday at the Californian EV maker’s LA Design Studio, in a rock-star style event hosted by CEO and founder Elon Musk, has generated a great deal of interest about the newest electric vehicle by Tesla from the public and media.
Starting at $US39,000 ($A55,000 at today’s rates) for the base model (which will be available from the northern spring of 2021, the Model Y will first be available as either a rear-wheel Long Range version, a Dual Motor AWD or a Performance version .
These will be available for $US47,000, $US51,000 and $US60,000 ($A66,300, $A72,000 and $A84,600 at today’s rates respectively) from the northern autumn 2020.
Billed as a “cut-price” electric SUV, comparisons that have been bandied about include that the latest EV from Tesla is basically a smaller lower-priced cousin of its premium, roomier stablemate Model X, or a slightly amped up neighbour to its comparably priced stablemate, the Model 3 electric sedan.
But what can the Model Y reasonably be compared to?