Tesla Model Y Confirmed For 2019 Debut
Tesla Model Y Confirmed For 2019 Debut

Tesla Model Y Confirmed For 2019 Debut


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced during his company's annual shareholder meeting this week that the Model Y will be the next vehicle to join the EV-makers' range, with an approximate launch date slated for 2019.

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The Model Y is set to be a small SUV, arriving as a more compact sibling for the Model X large SUV that hit Australian roads at the start of this year.

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Other than that, not much else is known, including vehicle range, dimensions or battery sizes.

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However, Mr Musk admitted that the California-based brand made a mistake by basing the Model X on the same platform as the Model S large sedan, leading to compromises with its design.

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''It would’ve been better to just design an SUV the way an SUV should be designed. Design a sedan the way a sedan should be designed. Otherwise you’d just try to shoehorn something that doesn’t make sense,'' he said.

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Such lessons have led to the decision that the Model Y will not completely share its underpinnings with the forthcoming Model 3 small sedan, instead a bespoke platform will be developed for the high-rider with some inspiration taken from its passenger car counterpart.

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Additionally, a dedicated factory for Tesla's second SUV was also hinted at by Mr Musk, as well as the implementation of an efficient manufacturing process that could reduce capital expenditure “by a factor of two”.

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“'There are a number of, I think, really major manufacturing improvements that can be done that allow us to build the car in a way that a car has never been built before,” he said.

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Furthermore, the CEO also revealed sales forecasts for the Model Y, with the new model predicted to be the company's best-seller – which moves it ahead of the unreleased Model 3 that goes into production next month.

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Coinciding with the confirmation of the new model, Tesla released a single shadowy teaser image that suggests its front-end design will be similar to that of the Model 3 – which currently has an 18-month waiting list.

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It is difficult to tell the difference between the two at all, but traditional side mirrors are notably conspicuous in their absence.

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Expect to see a Model Y concept or production car to break cover next year ahead of the SUV hitting international roads during 2019, with a local release more likely to occur in 2020.

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Will Tesla be able to the deliver the Model Y in time for a 2019 release? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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