Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla is taking another big step next week, with news that its new all-electric SUV will be unveiled at its Los Angeles Design studio.
The news of the imminent unveiling of the Model Y comes hot on the heels of the base Model 3 release, and price cuts for the Model S and Model X versions,. The Model Y also completes Musk’s promised acronym for the company’s first four models: S3XY.
The prototype of the Model Y, the all-electric SUV crossover planned by Tesla, has been approved for production by Elon Musk, but it seems that the CEO and founder is most excited by the one of the products that will follow – the Tesla Ute. The Model Y is due to be the next model that the carmaker intends to add to its stable of EVs, completing the S3XY series that began with the Model S, and is continued by the Model 3 and Model X.
As is Musk’s modus operandi, the announcement was made via social media channel Twitter.
He followed this up with the news that the Model Y will be cost approximately 10 per cent more than its cousin, the Model 3 – meaning it could start as low as $US36,500 ($A51,535 at today’s rates, plus shipping, GST and other add ons) for a standard range, base version.
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It will also have exactly the same battery as the Model 3 – using 2170 cells produced at its Gigafactory – but about 10 per cent less range due to a heavier body.
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