Tesla Model Y Officially Launched: Completes “S3XY” Lineup

MAR 15 2019 BY EVANNEX 29


After so much anticipation, Elon Musk walked on stage at the LA Design Studio in Hawthorne California and introduced Tesla’s newest addition to its line-up, the Model Y. Fortunately, Model Y looks to share some commonality with Model 3 which could translate to a production ramp that moves more rapidly than prior new cars introduced by Tesla.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Musk, Model Y, and hmmm… could Elon be teasing a custom ‘Tesla x Nike’ sneaker collaboration coming soon? (Twitter: LikeTesla)

So what did we learn last night? According to The Verge, “The cheaper, standard range version with a range of 230 miles won’t be available until 2021, Musk said, and will sell for $39,000… [whereas] The long range version will travel 300 miles on single charge, and will sell for $47,000, while the $60,000 performance version will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.” Higher spec versions of the Model Y are slated for deliveries in the fall of 2020.

Above: A 3-minute recap of the Model Y launch event (Youtube: The Verge)

“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” Musk said. “So this thing will be really tight on corners.” And Musk added, “This will be the safest mid-sized SUV by far.”

Above: Model Y’s stunning all-glass roof (Twitter: Tesla)

The Verge reports, “The Model Y will have a panoramic sunroof and 66 cubic feet of cargo space… Roomier than a Model 3 but not as imposing as a Model X, the Model Y can seat seven, as demonstrated during the event Thursday evening at Tesla’s design studio outside Los Angeles.”

Above: Under the skin of Model Y (Source: Tesla)

Musk also said progress was being made on the company’s Autopilot functionality. In reference to Model Y’s ability to execute self-driving functionality, Musk notes, “The cool thing is, it’s ‘feature complete’… It will be able to do basically anything just with software upgrades.”

Above: A side view of the Tesla Model Y (Image: Tesla)

Can Tesla attract a new market segment with Model Y? Jessica Caldwell at Edmunds says, “Tesla has the right foundation for the Model Y to be a turning point: Tesla has the youngest buyer base of any luxury brand, and the Model X has more female buyers than any other vehicle in the brand’s lineup. If the Model Y is priced right, offers a roomy interior, and delivers flawless safety and quality, it has the potential to be the ‘it’ vehicle for young families.”


Source: The Verge

Categories: Tesla


Leave a Reply

29 Comments on "Tesla Model Y Officially Launched: Completes “S3XY” Lineup"

newest oldest most voted

That roof is insano-bueno!

Regarding the Tesla Model Y:

What is the:

Does anybody know these numbers?

Strong probability that at least some of those numbers are identical to Model 3.

Yes it should be called Model 3 plus

My questions as well. There are some CAD drawings on the Tesla pages for the 3/Y. Assuming they’re accurate it should be possible to estimate those unknown dimensions based on a known dimension.

From article: “ …If the Model Y is priced right, offers a roomy interior, and delivers flawless safety and quality, it has the potential to be the ‘it’ vehicle for young families…”


Will be interesting to see how the now published Model Y price is received by consumers… to me seems like a good value relative to what is otherwise available in the market both EV & ICE… especially if one puts value in safety which should be among the top considerations in a family car.

What I find most interesting about the Model Y reveal is that Tesla went live with the online “Order Now” (which is an actual order) rather than in the past after a new reveal the “Order Reservation” method (which is a que placement to in future enter an order):

“Order Now” being live for Model Y suggests to me that Model Y is substantially ready for volume production which makes sense since its production component parts are substantially common to existing Model 3. I would not be surprised if the Model Y turns out to be the first Tesla model to enter production ahead of schedule.


in this thumbnail the car looks like a beautiful Nissan Leaf 2016

Nothing about sexy with this mini whale design.

“The Model Y will have a panoramic sunroof”

A sunroof is one that moves. This is a glass roof. I’m not sure why you quoted something that’s incorrect.

Sunroofs went out in the 80s

They call them moonroofs now.

As Long as you can see through them.

No, the term is interchangeable now and has been for probably 30 years. Many marketing names under the sunroof banner. Being movable is not the key defining feature.

The glass roof is amazing. What a feat of engineering!

What is not so S3XY today is Tesla’s stock price, which is down over 4%. Seems Wall St, like a lot of us pixels online, is also very meh about the Model Y.

Yeah, kind of underwhelming. I really expected more from Tesla. No “wow” moments. Just a puffed up Model 3. They almost seem kind of embarrassed about it. Off to the side in a dark corner. Not strong enough to stand on its own.

Tesla understands sport no question there, but utility is still a low priority. Calling this vehicle an SUV is a real stretch. Anyhow, it’s OK, but at this point not a lot to get excited about. Wall Street reacted accordingly.

the best car the world has ever seen, with more space and even better looks – kind of underwhelming

In the words of Mr. Wonderful, Tesla “is getting cheap again”…

What exactly were you expecting? Tesla said the Y was going to be a crossover. Is that not what they delivered?

“Meh” about the Y, but floored by your Bolt- you have an interesting perspective.

He has the perspective of a GM stealership employee or in other words he works for a legacy company that is being disrupted by a new company that makes superior products.

Is because ugly doesn’t sell very well. Fire Holzhausen and the stock will recover, stop whale designs.

Tesla is going from chick young startup to mainstream manufacturer. How do all those other company share prices look in comparison? At some point you would expect an equalisation of the share price because Tesla is really just like every other company. The pizzazz never lasts forever.

It wasn’t the greatest reveal and the lighting was absolutely horrible I had my credit card in hand and I hardly could get excited about the car and no I did not put down a deposit.

Somehow the mojo was missing.

By the end of the year Tesla will have sold a million BEV’s. In only 10 years they became a major auto company.

Tow hitch by software upgrade … I want to see that!
Bigmouth Elon …

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

What a Doooosh.

Bam 💥

Doesn’t matter what it looks like to those of us living in the UK, we wont see one till 2021 at least and then it’ll be £50k (for cheapest version) i guess (cheapest model S here is £72k or about $94k and we wont see a Model 3 for a fair while).

We may be able to order Volvo V40 before then and maybe even VW ID Crozz – mind you maybe not.


When viewing “S3XY” vertically, the 3 is sexier then an E all day long!