If you are looking for an all-electric compact SUV, the Tesla Model Y has long been a popular option. You can now visit a showroom near you to visualize these changes. Now that they are in showrooms, you might be wondering what features the Tesla Model Y has in store for you.
Now that the end of 2021 is upon us, the long-awaited release of the new Tesla Model Y is here. You can see this compact all-electric SUV by visiting your local Tesla showroom. This is where you will be able to see all of the design changes that have been made over previous model years.
The newly redesigned Tesla Model Y is meant to appeal to more buyers than ever before. It is still considered a budget all-electric SUV, but Tesla has added some great high end features to it that certainly warrant your consideration. Continue reading to get a snapshot of the Tesla Model Y now.
Why Was the Tesla Model Y Redesigned Now?
You might be wondering why Tesla has redesigned this year’s Model Y, given the fact that the original version was only introduced a little over a year ago. The primary reason is technology. Tesla vehicles are driven by technology and innovative design. In order to create the budget all-electric SUV that people want, they already found the need for some major changes to the Model Y.
The Model Y is viewed as Tesla’s attempt to make all-electric SUVs more accessible to a broader market. For their part, flagship Model S and Model X only appeal to high end consumers. With the Model Y, the pricing point is much lower, which means that more people are taking a serious look at it. Tesla wants the first glimpse of the Model Y in the showroom to be great.
It is believed that the Tesla Model Y has generated double the interest when compared to the Model 3. This means that the company is placing a lot of emphases here. With the SUV continuing to grow in popularity, it only makes sense that Tesla would work hard to make the Model Y appeal to a new generation of car buyers interested in all-electric vehicles.
What Are the Major Design Changes?
Whenever a new model is introduced, consumers understandably want to know right what the design changes were. In the case of the new Tesla Model Y, you will notice two major changes as you view it at your local showroom.
There is Now a Cast Front and Rear Body
In contrast to the original Model Y, the new version has a front and rear made out of one single component. This was previously only done in the rear using the Giga Press machine operating at Tesla’s production facility in California. This effectively took the 70 different components that similar SUVs need in the rear and reduced it all the way down to just one.
With the new Tesla Y, the company will make its compact all-electric SUV with that same cast in the rear and the front of the vehicle. This requires the Giga Press once again, and that will be done in both Texas and Berlin. It makes them easier to produce and fix, although repairs can be expensive since Tesla is the only company that builds the parts.
New Battery Cells Are Included
The battery of an all-electric vehicle is often the first thing that a prospective buyer will ask about. Without a strong battery that charges relatively quickly, the vehicle is not convenient. So when it comes to the new Tesla Model Y, you will notice that new 4680 battery cells have been added to its overall design.
While you might not be able to see a difference, you will notice one once you start driving the Model Y for any length of time. The new batteries are improved in several ways over other batteries, including a 56 percent reduction in the cost of charging the vehicle per kilowatt-hour. There is also a corresponding 54 percent increase in the range that you get between charges.
The new 4680 battery cells come as part of a structural component that is built into other parts of the car. This is one of the ways that the new Tesla Model Y requires 370 fewer components to build. This equates to a 10 percent lighter mass, which is largely why it can extend its range between charges so well.
How Far Can the Tesla Y Travel Between Charges?
Since the Model Y has just recently appeared in showrooms, we do not know the exact range that it will get consistently. However, all indications are that it will reach just over 500 miles between charges, which is quite an improvement over the 326 miles between charges that the first Model Y achieved.
How Much Cargo Space and Interior Room Does the Model Y Have?
The new Tesla Model Y has also been redesigned to allow for more space in key areas. As a result, when you see this new model in the showroom, you will notice that the cargo space is quite substantive when compared to other compact SUVs on the market today. In fact, the Model Y has 68.0 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Volvo C40 Recharge only has 44.0 cubic feet.
This newer design also brings with it more legroom in the rear. As a result, you will find that there are 5.3 inches more legroom back there than before. Interestingly enough, that comes at the expense of those in the front of the Model Y who will lose 1 inch of legroom. Since those individuals already have plenty of legroom, however, they should not notice much of a difference.
The New Tesla Model Y Has Two Trims
As you visit the showroom to see the new Tesla Model Y, you will find that there are two available trims:
- Tesla Model Y Long Range
- Tesla Model Y Performance
Both of these trims are designed with a two-motor system and come equipped with an all-wheel-drive system. However, beyond that, there are a few differences between the two trims to note.
For its part, the Long Range trim is the one that is going to take you slightly over 500 miles between charges. While the Performance trim won’t go quite that far, it is still going to provide you with a range of over 450 miles.
If it is performance that you are looking for out of an all-electric SUV, then the new Tesla Model Y might be worth it to you. It is built to be one of the sportier compact SUVs on the market. You will hit 60 miles per hour from a stopped position in only 3.5 seconds. That compares favorably with the Model Y Long Range version that takes 4.8 seconds.
You will also be able to drive up to 155 miles per hour with the Performance trim, compared to a top speed of 135 miles per hour on the long range version. But, of course, you will pay a bit more for the Performance trim, so you really have to think if these few extra features are worth it to you in the end.
If you have wanted to see the new Tesla Model Y up close and personal, now is your chance. It is now in showrooms here, so it should be easy to take a good look around and even schedule a test drive. That is how you can personally experience the new features that have gone into the design of the Tesla Model Y.