Tesla plans to observe up the Mannequin three with a crossover known as the Mannequin Y. Simply because the Mannequin three is a smaller counterpart to the Mannequin S, the Mannequin Y would be the little sibling to the Mannequin X.
The Mannequin Y can be unveiled at a particular occasion on the L.A. Design Studio on March 14, 2019, Elon Musk confirmed in a tweet. Pricing may also be introduced, and check rides provided.
The Tesla CEO added that the brand new automobile can be “about 10 % larger than Mannequin three, so will value about 10 % extra & have barely much less vary for identical battery.”
Darkish teaser photos launched by the agency counsel the Mannequin Y will borrow a handful of styling cues from the Mannequin X, particularly when seen from the entrance. It’s too early to inform precisely what it’ll appear to be, although.
Curiously, the Mannequin Y doesn’t seem to have any sideview mirrors, indicating Tesla is once more making an attempt to push for cameras in its place. You may keep in mind the unique Mannequin X idea had cameras as an alternative of exterior mirrors, however Tesla couldn’t persuade authorities regulators to make that setup authorized. Eliminating mirrors would cut back aerodynamic drag and enhance effectivity. It’s an answer Audi will undertake with the upcoming e-tron quattro.
What’s underneath the sheet metallic is simply as mysterious because the design itself. Tesla CEO Elon Musk initially mentioned the Mannequin Y can be based mostly on a completely new platform and predicted the SUV would arrive in 2019 or 2020. Throughout a latest earnings name, Musk conceded the Mannequin Y will journey on the platform that underpins the Mannequin three. That’s what most individuals initially anticipated, particularly contemplating the difficulties the corporate has confronted in ramping up Mannequin three manufacturing.
Constructing the Mannequin Y by itself platform would have been a dangerous transfer. Utilizing the Mannequin three’s present structure will reduce prices and improve earnings, since Tesla can cost a premium for the Mannequin Y over its sedan counterpart. The corporate must discover a approach to enhance earnings because it burns by means of money on costly initiatives just like the Mannequin three. And whereas inventory costs present traders are keen to attend by means of extra profit-less quarters, it’s unclear how lengthy their persistence will final.
Musk initially tried to justify utilizing a distinct platform for the Mannequin Y by saying basing the Mannequin X on the Mannequin S platform was a mistake. He mentioned utilizing a sedan platform for the SUV led to pointless compromises, in accordance with The Verge. Tesla has truly been criticized for making the Mannequin X too totally different from the Mannequin S, including options just like the well-known falcon doorways that made the SUV extra advanced to design and construct. It additionally triggered reliability points.
Yet another factor: The Mannequin Y won’t truly be known as the Mannequin Y. Musk reportedly used the phrase “if it’s known as the Mannequin Y” in the course of the earnings name, implying that the choice remains to be up within the air. Mannequin Y would full a long-running (and admittedly stale) joke by having the names of Tesla’s automobiles spell “S3XY.”
We anticipate the Mannequin Y will arrive with a price ticket within the neighborhood of $37,000. Manufacturing is tentatively scheduled to start out in early 2020, although years of protecting Tesla have taught us to take its deadlines with a grain of salt. Keep tuned, the California-based firm will launch extra particulars about its subsequent new mannequin over the approaching months to construct up pleasure.
Up to date on June 6, 2018: Added the most recent info and teaser picture.
Up to date on March three, 2019: Added info for unveil date.