Tesla’s Model Y

Tesla's long-awaited Model Y electric SUV arrives next year, but you'll have to wait for the $39,000 version

There are four models to choose from, all of which borrow heavily from the Model 3.

The Tesla Model Y looks somewhat like a scaled-up Model 3.


We first heard about the Tesla Model Y all the way back in 2015, when Elon Musk tweeted (and then deleted) a cryptic teaser for an all-electric SUV that would be much cheaper than the luxury-oriented Model X. At an event in Los Angeles, Musk took the stage to officially reveal the Model Y, which will start rolling out to customers in 2020. Here’s what you need to know about the electric vehicle that’s probably going to sell faster than a novelty flame thrower.

It’s a lot like a Model 3

Despite the Model Y’s crossover SUV-style design, the vehicle shares roughly 75 percent of its parts with the Model 3. Sadly, that means your new affordable electric crossover vehicle won’t get those fancy falcon wing doors found on the higher-end Model X. The Model Y checks in roughly 10 percent bigger than the model 3 sedan, which is already the best-selling electric vehicle on the market, and that extra room allows it to have three rows of seats and can fit up to seven people at once.

The heavy overlap between the Model 3 and its new SUV sibling makes sense since the process of getting the 3 into manufacturing nearly broke the company and its impulsively tweeting CEO. The Model 3 lessons were hard-learned for the company, so applying them in a new vehicle will hopefully help avoid long delays and possible quality control issues as they roll out of the factory.

The first versions of the Model Y will start shipping in fall of 2020.