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Tesla Model Y revealed | The West Australian

Tesla has revealed its latest all-electric model with the unveiling of the Model Y – however it will be some time before it makes it to Australia.

A coupe-styled medium SUV, the Model Y sits below the Model X in terms of size and will join the Model S sports sedan, Model 3 hatch and Roadster convertible in the Tesla range.

Tesla says there will be four variants – Standard Range, Long Range, Dual-Motor Al-Wheel Drive and Performance – offering range from 370km up to 480km and able to do the 0-60mph (96.5km/h) in as little as 3.5 seconds.

Tesla Model Y.Tesla Model Y.
Camera IconTesla Model Y.

Features include a glass roof, the ability to use your phone rather than a set of car keys, a single 15-inch touchscreen for all of the car’s controls and remote unlocking, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and more via the Tesla app.

Tesla also says it will be safest medium SUV out there, aided by a low centre of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones.

Of course, announcing a vehicle has never been an issue for Tesla – the same cannot be said for delivering vehicles when it says it will – particularly its Model 3 hatch.

Tesla Model Y.Tesla Model Y.
Camera IconTesla Model Y.

Australians are unable to order the Model Y yet – Tesla says we’ll be able to place orders soon – as orders are initially confined to North America, China and select European markets.

First deliveries in those countries are expected to arrive in spring 2020, meaning Australia will be seeing Model Ys arriving in 2021 at the earliest.

It will also likely have a starting price much higher than the $55,000 sticker attached to the US versions.

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