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15 Mar 19

Tesla Model Y: Mercedes EQC gets competition... in 2020

The pressure is on at Tesla. Last night, the California EV maker revealed the highly anticipated Model Y. In pure Model 3 style, this D-segment crossover won't be abailable soon, though. American buyers will have to wait about a year, while the rest of the world should not hope to get their hands on it before the second half of 2020.

The Model Y is to the Model 3 what the Model X is to the Model S. Indeed, Tesla’s all new Y shares its platform with the compact Model 3, which recently disembarked on European shores.

For the time being, there are hardly any competitors to be found in this segment, apart from the Mercedes EQC. Compared to the latter, the Model Y is about half a tonne lighter while it has a more voluminous body. The Y can carry 1,840 litres of cargo and features an optional 3rd seat row..

From €46k excluding VAT

Like with the Model 3, Tesla will first produce the high-end models that yield more margin. These are the versions you can already order today:

  • Long Range RWD: 540 km (WLTP) for roughly  €46,000 excluding VAT
  • Long Range Dual Motor AWD: 505 km (WLTP) for roughly €49,500 excluding VAT
  • Performance AWD: 480 km (WLTP) for roughly €57,000 excluding VAT

Based on these prices, the entry-level Model Y (called Standard Range), which won't be available before 2021, will probably cost around €40,000 excluding VAT. However, with Tesla you never know. A few weeks ago the California EV maker suddenly slashed the prices of the Model S and X by 10,000s of euros, only to announce earlier this week that the prices will be going up again to be able to keep more Tesla stores open.

Model 3 interior, no falcon wings

If you feel like the dash is quite similar to the one of the Model 3: you are absolutely right. The large central infotainment touchscreen controls everything, including the optional Autopilot system. Tesla says the latest iteration of this suite of ADAS enables the Model Y to drive autonomously in more conditions and situations than ever before.

If you like the falcon wings of the Model X, you might be disappointed to learn that the doors of the Model Y will be conventional side-opening ones.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier