Tesla shares first teaser of the Model Y, its upcoming all-electric compact SUV

Article by Christian A., on June 12, 2017

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has already revealed the first teaser image of the upcoming Model Y during the company’s shareholder conference this week in California. The compact SUV, which will underpin an entirely new platform, is expected to hit the roads in 2019.

Along with some of the company’s initiatives, the CEO finally discloses more information about the Model 3 sedan. The Model 3 will reportedly come with limited configurations at least for the choices of alloy wheels and body color.

Also at the meeting, Musk reiterated the fact that the Model Y will have a different architecture from the Model 3, saying it is a “big mistake” to come with the same platform as they did with the Model X and Model S. Having said that, Musk thinks it would be more appropriate to design a sedan or an SUV based on their own separate standards.

The sneak preview also included a glimpse of Tesla’s self-driving truck that is set to premiere this September. While there isn’t much to be seen (yet) on the Model Y’s latest teaser, it is likely for Tesla to drop more hints during the unveiling of the new pickup. If any, the lack of side mirrors is plain to see albeit the vagueness of the image.

According to Musk, the Model Y will be manufactured in a new facility. Saying there is no way they could build the Model Y at Fremont after nearly having a riot due to parking just the other day. Tesla’s Model 3, Model X and Model S are all being produced at the Fremont factory. The company will be announcing more details regarding the Model Y’s production site. What we do know is that the batteries will come from the company’s Gigafactory in Nevada.

Tesla hasn’t made any announcement on when it will officially introduce the Model Y. As reported, the CEO expressed his excitement about the upcoming SUV and that they are aiming for it to hit the roads approximately in the next two years.

With its entirely different platform, the Model Y will possibly have a new layout for battery and wiring compared to Tesla’s current EV line ups. It is possible that the production model will not actually come with side rear view mirrors since most concepts nowadays are replacing them with camera-based rear view system. This technology, which will help improve aerodynamics, will soon have its use legalized worldwide.

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