Tesla Teases New Model Y Image


The annual Tesla shareholders meeting was held tonight, and while there were lots of interesting points raised and information brought forward, one thing really grabbed our attention: a slide of future products that included an image of the Model Y. Now, we thought we may have spotted the elusive design previously in a promotional video, but this time there’s no mistake.

For those who don’t know, the Model Y will be an all-electric crossover that’s quite likely to be even more popular than the Model 3, which saw over half a million people put down a $1,000 deposit long before it ever reached production. (And yes, a number of those reservations have, as one might expect, been canceled, but it still points to the enthusiasm people have for Tesla products) We would even argue that it is the vehicle the company should have made before the mid-size Model 3 sedan, as that class of vehicle is on the ascendancy, while sedans linger longer on lots than ever before.

Official Tesla Model Y Teaser

Model Y details are still scant, though CEO Elon Musk has said on Twitter, and reaffirmed this evening, that it would be publicly revealed in March of 2019. The factory in which they will manufacture it, along with the Semi and Roadster hasn’t even been built yet. Despite this, Musk said, probably optimistically, they are targeting early 2020 to begin production.

Price-wise, look for it to slot in somewhere between the Model 3 and the Model S, perhaps in the $45,000-range for the base version. Though Musk had long ago mused that it would feature falcon wing doors like the Model X SUV and be built on its own platform, it should now share much of the Model 3 chassis and feature more traditional passenger portals.

One potentially odd bit might be the steering wheel, or rather, the lack of it. In addressing a question at the shareholder meeting about ridding the last vestiges of leather from the interior of Tesla vehicles, Musk said:

Model Y, for example, will not have any leather in it, including in the steering wheel — even if it does have a steering wheel.

Categories: Tesla

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

42 Comments on "Tesla Teases New Model Y Image"

newest oldest most voted

It also sounded like the Semi is not in its final form, it will look different to meet both EU and US regulations (current design is more US only style). This might indicate people speculating about how many batteries might fit, etc, are probably premature, and also maybe alleviate lawsuit concerns from Nikola Motors.

Good points, though I don’t think Elon is too concerned about that lawsuit.

The lawsuit is frivolous at Best..Nikola Had Better be careful that there won’t be a Counter Law suit from Tesla ..Suing no not a Good Way for Nikola to raise Much needed Money..

The center location of the driver’s seat is quite odd, and also isn’t helpful if there are two people in the cab. It’s also something that real truck drivers say isn’t practical because they need to be able to lean out the window to see ahead or behind in tight spaces. So I expect Tesla to move to a more normal twin seating with the driver’s seat on the left, unless it’s a truck for sale in a right-hand-drive country.

I don’t know what changes will be made to the battery pack or the EV drivetrain, but it seems reasonable to think Tesla will make some changes in response to feedback from potential customers who have test driven the two Tesla Semi Truck concept vehicles.

“lean out the window to see ahead or behind in tight spaces.”

My guess is technology has caught up with tradition. This truck will be full of cameras and sensors and there will be no need for sticking any body part out of the window. 😉

If it even has windows 😀

Technology isn’t going to “catch up” with someone passing a clipboard or tablet in for the driver to sign, or passing some papers out, or any interaction with people or just pressing a button on a speakerphone at an unattended gate.

“passing a clipboard or tablet for the driver to sing” “passing PAPERS out” “pressing a button on a speakerphone” “attended gage”… All this sounds so 19th Century…

Locating the driver in the center of the cab is a solution in search of a problem. It looks cool and different, but the slight issue it works to alleviate is much less important than the many problems it causes, as noted by Push and Joe. Can you imagine how much of a pain it would be to pay tolls on roads that aren’t part of a payment network the driver is party to?

I hear you when cell phones came without meaty buttons I said this is crazy but we all adapted to change LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

Cell phones without meaty buttons was quite odd but we all managed to adapt and embrace the changes. GO TESLA GO DESTROY DIRTY GAS GUZZLERS AND DIESELS LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS THANKS FOR CARING

I want to hear about the factory where MY and TSemi are to be built. So far the only new one looks to be in Shanghai but these two vehicles are aimed more at western markets.

MY is definitely not aimed more at Western markets.

Tesla said it would also announce a European factory later this year. That might make more sense for the location of the Semi Truck factory. As you say, I can’t think of any good reason to build a Tesla Semi Truck in China and then have to ship it to the U.S. and other first-world countries. Now, that’s not impossible if Tesla thinks it will make a higher profit margin by making the Semi Truck in China, but I think they are going to want the China factory to concentrate more on cars that will sell well in the China market, such as the Model 3 and the upcoming Model Y.

Of course that’s just my opinion; I have no insider knowledge.

China is the second economy in the world, is not a third world country anymore.And if you use the excuse that rural areas of China have high rates of poverty, look at the US and think again.

China is most certainly has higher poverty than the US. People in poor areas of China have no car, no running water, shit in holes on the ground, no electricity, etc… Show me where in the rural areas of America people live like this.


Detroit is no where near like that.

Go to Redland florida migrant workers camp and it is pretty close.

not talking about illegals living in camps, I am talking about American citizens.

If you haven’t spent time in rural China, you have no idea of how pervasive and extreme the poverty is. Poor people in the US have a problem with obesity, that most definitely is not a problem of the poor in China. Hunger is, though. Emaciated children are fairly common in rural China, not in the US.
The Chinese Communist Party has dealt with this poverty and joblessness in a rather characteristic manner. They order the sale of subsidized rice wine. Local stores sell 500ml bottles of reinforced rice wine for 2 yuan. It is intentionally (?) made to taste horrible, we tried cutting it with every kind of juice you can imagine and at 3:1 mixer to rice wine, it was still vile. But it will get 2 people pretty buzzed. Forget the circuses, the government is “giving” the unemployed near free wine.
China is one of the great economies of the world, but their poor are still considerably poorer than the vast majority of people considered to be poor in the US.

And that is why labor is so cheap in China. Wait until tesla begins manufacturing teslas and powerwalls in China and begins exporting to USA. GO TESLA GO DESTROY DIRTY GAS GUZZLERS AND DIESELS LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

It is sad to hear Americans talk about poverty in America with zero understanding of what real poverty is. So much entitlement and lack of exposure to reality.

Most probably they will build Roadster2, Semi and ModelY in the Nevada Gigafactory1. Lot’s of signs of a forthcoming expansion there: https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-gigafactory-1-new-aerial-pictures-expansion/

@Knut Erik Ballestad said: “Most probably they will build Roadster2, Semi and ModelY in the Nevada …”

All things considered that’s the most logical location.

The Nevada GF_1 is likely to serve as a template for future additional GFs the next GF likely being built in China if China follows through reforming ownership and IP transfer requirements.

Tesla has for a long while stated that they intend to combine the entire EV manafacuring vertical into a single factory plant.

Also, Tesla incorporating Model Y car making into the Nevada GF_1 provides Tesla a solid proof-of-concept demonstration that Telsa has in-hand a strong option card to play if the Fremont unionization efforts forces Tesla to close down Fremont… which history tells us will likely be the result… unfortunately for California.

Wherever Model Y is built it will likely be a highly demanded car Tesla being able to sell as a many as they can make.

Can’t tell if it’s the back or the front.

Definitely going toward EV weirdmobile on the design.

Agree but hope it’s not.
But my gut thinks it will be goofy looking.

It wouldn’t surprise me if this is how cars without steering wheels look. There has to be a style that says, “I’m give up all control”. Maybe we’ll even be able to subscribe, rather than own? Software that updates without telling us Tesla owners everything it did, already sort of takes that away.

To dream. Right?

That comment by Musk is typical Musk bravado. I like the guy but he talks a load of cr** sometimes. But the product he delivers makes the bravado worth it. The Y will have a steering wheel.

I wonder how many of the existing Model 3 reservation holder will just convert their model 3 reservation to Model Y instead.
I know I would.

I definitely would it the Y seats six!

Some of us like to be surrounded by a dead cow.

Looks rather like the Jaguar I-Pace…………


How can GM be so incompetent? They have had the Voltec power train for how many years now and still no CUV/SUV!!!! What a huge opportunity they blew

Cheap gas makes a Voltec SUV/CUV a hard sell. I imagine during the last refresh of their vehicles they designed them to have a space for batteries. Selling a product is more than just having the right product. It’s about having the right product at the right time.

Technically the voltec drive basically came from their 2-mode transmission that came from their hybrid SUV’s from the mud 2000’s.

I don’t think that the failure to deliver a crossover/CUV is an accident or a result of incompetence. Each and every electric vehicle that GM has built has suffered from a significant but easily predicted problem that limited sales in a big way. The Volt had seating for just 4 and the back seats were tiny. The Spark was even smaller. The ELR was priced at a stupid price point and was a car type that never sells in large numbers. The Bolt was intentionally built to look like a clown car and they cheaped out on the interior build quality.
This isn’t a series of accidents, it is an intentional process of limiting demand. Why? You can pretty much fill in the blanks. At this time, GM doesn’t want to sell a ton of electric cars, but they have built up the engineering skill sets to build some of the best in the world, when and if they choose to do so. They are second only to Tesla in the total electric cars sold in the West, so it isn’t like they have pulled a Ford or something.

Did you know that Voltec is, essentially, a series hybrid powertrain?

yes. and you are bringing this up because?

Bro1999 aka Bob Lutz are you happy or sad today TSLA at $305 don’t worry be happy LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP

Bro1999 where are you its a beautiful day LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP

G, do you have any idea how irritating that childish refrain has gotten?

Meh…give me my 35k Model 3!

Ugh…big, flat front…it’ll be worse than the X…