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The 2023 Tesla Model Y and New Updates

The 2023 Tesla Model Y will come with some new features and some features removed. What will these be?


The 2023 Tesla Model Y and New Updates

The Tesla Model Y is one of the best and top selling vehicles in the world. It's a spacious vehicle that offers a lot of feature and functionality. It's made with new die casting machines, upgraded batteries, and a new structural battery pack. Going into 2023, what will be new?

The first Model Y vehicles equipped with the 4680 batteries came from Giga Texas with dual-motors and two sections created from Giga castings. However, those first Model Y vehicles came with what appeared to be mediocre specs:

Long Range:

326 miles EPA
7 seats
76 cu ft cargo
AWS dual motors
0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds
Top speed of 135 mph


303 miles EPA
5 seats
76 cu ft cargo
AWS dual motors
0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
Top speed of 155 mph

With less range than the existing dual-motor Model Y, with a slightly reduced price tag, what was going on? Some people received those cars and they are apparently really nice. Tesla decided to produce the Model Y in the same way as Fremont, with the added benefit of a state of the art production line.

Tesla is still receiving the 4680 battery packs from Giga Texas, but is stock piling them and not putting them into vehicles at the moment. Giga Texas's goal is to reduce Model Y wait time, along with Model 3 long range vehicles. That is the difference Giga Texas is making for the Model Y. You can get a Model Y performance within a month, creating a shortening wait time that hasn't been seen in a while. Reduced Model Y wait times is good.

2023 Features of the Model Y

One of the features of 2023 will be Tesla's FSD software, which should make it to wide release and be available to safety scores of at least 80 and higher. This will cost $15,000 in the U.S. though, and costs are higher in Canada with FSD at $19,500.

A powered frunk could be one of the new features. Normally the frunk requires manual lifting after it unlocks. But Tesla's latest software updates are showing that a powered operating frunk is on the way. Other EV makers already have this.

Also coming soon will be Steam integration for in-car gaming. All gamers will be excited for this and it will be a good thing, especially when FSD reaches a wide release and robotaxis start to hit the market.

Stalkless steering wheels will also likely be coming and converted to touch control buttons on the steering wheel, similar to the Model S and Model X vehicles. It will probably be a round steering wheel still. You will need to learn to use touch buttons and the center touch screen instead of stalks.

A standard range rear wheel drive Model Y is a variation that is made at Giga Shanghai. It uses LFP batteries which contain much more iron. This is cheaper to produce and the batteries may have less density, but they also have a much longer life span and can charge to 100% without nearly as much degradation. These are much cheaper than the longer range models.

These new features will be coming and we will see many more Model Y vehicles than ever before. Do you think all of these features will make it to the 2023 Model Y?

For more information, see this video by The Tesla Space:

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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David Reynolds (not verified)    September 23, 2022 - 5:20PM

We have two Model 3 LR, a 2018 & a 2022. I have a Model Y on order since April.

I’m thinking of waiting for the 2023 Model Y LR. I think I’ll have to forfeit my current Model Y LR order and deposit and place a new order to get a 2023 model with the new battery. I also want the $7,500 Federal EV rebate post Jan 1, 2023 delivery.

Rob H. (not verified)    September 29, 2022 - 6:35AM

In reply to by David Reynolds (not verified)

Same situation here. My delivery date was March 2023 for the Model Y & now it’s quickly moving forward to late November ‘22. Tesla trying to jam in year-end profits & defer on the tax credit to later adjust their price post 1/1/23. I’m holding off until I get a VIN…if it’s 2023 model, I’ll consider sticking with the order as there is no certainty the Tesla Y will qualify for the full tax credit as they are not fully revealing the sourcing of their battery materials. Trying to outsmart the consumer for their bottom line.

Rick (not verified)    October 11, 2022 - 10:40PM

In reply to by Rob H. (not verified)

When I ordered my it was April 23. I was offered a car in late Sept! Too early! I put my order on hold for about a month. I really want a ‘23 titled car and/or the tax credit. Don’t want a ‘22 and no credit. Tesla is still not commenting officially if there cars meet the battery requirements for tax credits. My friend has a standard range m3 on order and was just offered a car. He said the vin was a ‘23 model so he’s happy.

Brian (not verified)    November 6, 2022 - 2:05AM

In reply to by Rob H. (not verified)

I’m in the same boat. Put my reservation in back in April partly due to recent price increases (prior to April 2022). I took delivery of my 2023 Model Y LR today.
Ultimately I noticed the price had gone up another $4000 since I placed my reservation, so I would give up most of the tax benefit and lose my place in line.
Also, Washington state has an alternative energy (sales) tax credit that only applies to vehicles below $45000 (even though the 2023 Mosel Y is listed as eligible). That’s something we need to change. No EV worth buying right now is below that price (IMO).
I’m not rich, so I was really hoping to take advantage of those benefits. In the end I didn’t get ANY incentive and I paid more than I would have if I reserved a few months earlier. Let’s just hope I got a kick ass car at least!

Fran (not verified)    October 13, 2022 - 2:47PM

In reply to by David Reynolds (not verified)

I called Tesla The other day as I have the same concern. Original delivery 2023 but nowDec 2022. I was told I can hold off once I get a vin as I won’t even be in the country in December. They just push you back in line at same price you ordered at. I would push as long as possible then see if it eventually shows a 2023 model so you don’t lose your price you paid. If you continue to get a 2022 then you could re order.

Kathryn E Rovito (not verified)    September 29, 2022 - 1:36PM

I would buy a Model Y in a heartbeat if they would just improve the suspension. Ended up with ID4 but would have loved a Tesla instead.

DHanson (not verified)    October 19, 2022 - 9:55PM

In reply to by Kathryn E Rovito (not verified)

I agree! I ordered one over a year ago, then test drove one 3 times and hated the suspension....made me nauseous. I canceled it and gave Elon my $250. Why they won't add air suspension to a $70,000 car is beyond me. If they dont improve it, I will wait for the Polestar 3.

Tom Clark (not verified)    October 19, 2022 - 8:29AM

I've had my MYLR - red on order since early June '22. Current delivery estimate is December of 2022. Delivery estimates for me have varied a few times since I placed the order. As of now Tesla has narrowed the estimate to a 4-week window.