If you haven’t heard of Tesla or Elon Musk, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Tesla has been making waves for years, offering luxury electric vehicles that seem to be straight out of a futuristic science fiction film.
Stylish, sexy, ultra-advanced, and with on-board computers so sophisticated they belong in a space shuttle, these cars are in an entirely different league. But, so far, they are also only reserved for the wealthier folk, given the enormous price tags attached. For most of us, owning a Tesla has been a pipe dream, unless we managed to hit the jackpot at a casino. Furthermore, these vehicles have not always gotten good press, with major debate as where the future of the company might lie.
The release of the Model Y was, therefore, seen as a make or break. The new vehicle was either going to propel Tesla forward into a bright future, or curse it to the grave. Now the Model Y has finally been unveiled, and the reactions to the reveal have been mixed.
Haven’t We Seen This?
The build up to the unveiling of the Model Y at the Los Angeles-based Tesla design studio had fans of the company visibly eager. But upon the car finally taking the spotlight, the enthusiasm was noticeably less. Or at least noticeably less than it had been during the unveiling of the Model 3 a few years prior.
Why? Because Tesla Model Y really does seem like nothing more than a slightly larger version of the Model 3. Not exactly the revolution that most were hoping for. But let’s not be too hasty to dismiss the Model Y as nothing more than a recycling of an old model.
Further Details Emerge
At $47,000, the long-range Model Y is due to be released to the public in the fall of 2020. It will have a range of 300 miles, which is more or less what is expected. An all-wheel drive model is slightly pricier at $51,000, while the performance version will cost a more expensive $60,000.
But wasn’t this supposed to be the car that was taking Tesla to the masses, with a promised affordable price tag that was within reach of virtually everyone? At the event, Musk declared that the $39,000 version would be available in 2021, with a range of 230 miles.
Now we’re talking. Stats say that just under half of all vehicles purchased in the $30k to $50k range in the United States were compact SUVs. So it’s clear that Tesla knows what it’s doing, and has its eye very firmly set on a big slice of the market.
But what else does the Model Y offer?
Is It A Good Buy?
The Model Y has, as expected, a 15-inch touchscreen, 66 cubic feet of cargo space, as well as a panoramic sunroof. It will also have space for 7 passengers, though this third row of seating won’t be available until 2021. So far, so good. But what about safety, and that highly debated self-driving?
Musk made an offhanded comment that he expects the Model Y to get a 5 star rating, and that it will be, by far, the safest SUV. He also made mention that the car would be fully self-driving in the future, thanks to additional software upgrades. So although not the groundbreaking reveal many were hoping for, still a vehicle worth taking a look at, if the promises of future advancements are indeed true.
It remains to be seen if the Model Y will indeed take Tesla forward into the future, or if it will be, as some are claiming, the final nail in the coffin.