It’s not news that growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs
has threatened the sales of passenger cars. Actually, if you
want some statistics, the sales of SUVs and pickups has jumped
for about two percent while sedans have experienced the
decrease of around 12 percent. So, it’s not unexpected that
brands are focusing on delivering more crossovers and SUVs in
their lineup. Tesla Motors also has similar plans, as per some
reports. This company seems to be dedicated to expanding its
SUV lineup and new model might be 2018 Tesla Model Y.
What this brand wants to achieve is to offer more affordable
and compact SUV which should attract a wider population of
buyers than larger and more expensive Model X. The Model Y
should come shortly after the Model 3 sedan on which platform
it would be based. Details about this model are scarce but some
assumptions have been made.
2018 Tesla Model Y: Design, Interior
So, nothing has officially been said about design and
performance of the new Tesla’s compact SUV. Some reports,
however, suggest that this model will ride on the third
generation platform. It is the same architecture that will
also be the base of the upcoming Model 3. In the same context,
two models should share the technology and powertrains.
The styling, on the other hand, should naturally adopt the
brand’s current design language and many similarities with
Model X should be seen. Of course, the new Y SUV will have
smaller proportions than the Model X but the similar design of
the grille, headlights, roofline, taillights and more are
The same story is with model’s interior. A large touchscreen
will dominate on the dash. Digital instrument panel will sit in
front of the steering wheel and model will have comfortable
On the other hand, it will offer cheaper materials in lower
trims in order to keep the price in control. There will also be
less leg and headroom than on the larger X model. The
model should provide good trunk capacity.
The 2018 Tesla Model Y will also include similar technology as
the current Tesla’s products including Autopilot driving. It is
also possible that this model will feature attractive “Falcon
Wings” door design.
2018 Tesla Model Y: Performance
On the performance front, the 2018 Tesla Model Y will adopt the
same electric technology as its siblings. Of course, in
meantime Tesla will provide next level of performance and
driving range. There will also be different powertrain options
with different mileage.
The Model X currently uses 75 and 90 kWh batteries and with
that, it has projected range of 237 and 257 miles respectively.
Even with these options, the Model Y would be able to cover
more miles thanks to its smaller proportions and therefore
2018 Tesla Model Y: Launch date, Price
The Tesla Motors should come out with more information about
this model soon. Then we will have more details about 2018
Tesla Model Y. However, at this moment we can also tell that
this compact SUV will arrive shortly after the launch of the
Model 3. It should also have the starting price just above the
new sedan model which will start from around $35, 000.
On the end, we want also to say that Tesla Motors is also
planning to deliver more electric models by the end of this
decade. It should also expand its lineup with a new pickup
truck and electric minibus.