Saturday, March 09, 2019

New Tesla Model Y Teaser



Tesla has released a new teaser picture (on top) of the all-new Model Y ahead of its unveiling next week.

As predicted, it looks a lot like the model 3 (bottom pic)
Since Elon Musk has already mentioned that only 25% of the Model Y will be different from the Model 3, the 2 cars will be very similar.

I even think the Model Y might just be a raised up version of the 3. 
Like the Subaru Outback or Crosstrek. Except I do think the Model Y will get a proper hatchback.
Since it will be marketed as an SUV.
So it might end up being like what the new Mazda CX-30 is to the new Mazda 3 hatchback.
A raised up version, with a longer, redesigned rear end (to fit a hatch and more room)
Maybe some changes inside. And a redesigned front end.
But it won't be like the Model X, which is actually very different from the Model S.

I think it is actually a great move for Tesla. Allowing them to have a "new" model for a more limited investment.
Considering current market trends, the Y could even be considerably more popular than the 3.

Which raised the question of where it will be built.
So far, there has been no announcement of an increase in the California factory.
But there are building a huge brand new one right now in China.

I think the Model Y could end up being the first Tesla imported to the US from China.

What do you think?



4 comments:

Harry_Wild said...

I think it is going to look like a smaller Porsche Cayenne!

BillyM67 said...

No matter what it looks like, Tesla needs to do 3 things: keep the price as low as possible and the quality as high as possible, make the base battery as big or bigger than the competition, and get it out soon. Also, going away from the single screen to control everything would probably be smart too. Unlike when the S was released, or even when the 3 was announced, there's a lot more competition out there, and more on the way. Having an EV SUV "for the masses", that actual ends up costing $50-60+K, would not be very smart. Come out with the affordable one first, then the expensive luxury version.

Ralph L said...

It's surprising other manufacturers haven't tried raising a hatchback. The Regal Tourer would be easy since it already has that dumb fender cladding.

Harry_Wild said...

BillyM67,

Tesla is a luxury brand or class car manufacturer. It does not compete with Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota but with BMW, Merecedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi.