Tesla Releases First Production Model Y Information
People in the know will recognize this car to have the same features that most Tesla’s have. The stereotypical look that for some reason resembles a fish in the front and a sleek rear end that screams safety. Don’t get me wrong though, this car is pretty. It has 66 cubic feet of cargo space, 315 miles of range, AWD dual motors, and an improved autopilot.
The Tesla Model Y above all things puts safety at its core. The brand has always been serious about safety. The Model Y is targeted at being the safest car in its class. Large crumple zones and a rigid body structure maximize safety in the forms of impact resistance. Additionally, a low center of gravity which keeps it planted and torqued to the ground like a supercar.
Tesla Model Y's Interior Space
The Model Y has utility, there is room for seven passengers, variable seating and an easy access trunk for practicality. Seven adults in a small crossover is honestly impressive, there is an optional third row that accommodates the extra passengers and all their baggage (both mentally and physically). One cool thing about the interior is that the seating is variable from the second row and beyond. The seats either fold upward into standard seating position, or they fold flat for versatile cargo area. You could easily fit a Christmas tree back there or maybe even a large piece of furniture. If you are going to load furniture though, the Model Y has thought of a solution.
An ultra-low trunk floor allows loading your junk in to be as easy as ever. The interior also features a trademark 15 inch “iPad-like” screen that improves over time, and “over-the-air” software updates that introduce new features and performance with the touch of a button.
Another super impressive aspect of this new car is the all-wheel drive system. It uses dual motors that modulate power and torque to the front and rear wheels. This allows superior all-season traction and impressive feats of acceleration. The Model Y flies passed my tuned Subaru WRX at a shocking 3.5 zero to sixty time. This is a crossover that looks like a mom car, and it gets to sixty in 3.5 seconds. The AWD system is particularly good in the elements like rain and snow. The digital controls allow torque to be instant, which stops traction issues in their tracks. It also allows for tight handling due to the impressive control.
One of the best parts about the Model Y is the range. Tesla really shows that they have a chip on their shoulder with this one. 315 EPA estimated range means that it is the longest electric range SUV in production. After researching a bit further, I learned that the Model Y can recharge 158 miles worth of charge in literally 15 minutes at one of the Supercharger stations. That is insane. That means you can completely recharge your battery on a road trip while you’re getting lunch or shopping. With, Elon claims that there are six new Supercharging locations opening each week, with currently more than 14,000 on popular roads.
Tesla Model Y's Improved Autopilot
Queue the controversial paragraph that explains the Model Y’s outstanding autopilot features. To begin with, it has complete 360-degree camera visibility, it has up to 160 meters of depth perception, and it has twelve “Ultrasonic sensors” that detect minute changes. These sensors are one of the reasons why the autopilot has come as far as it has. These sensors detect very small and detailed changes that are what make the difference on the road. They are what help the computer mind of the Model Y to help park the car, detect nearby cars, and ultimately prevent error.
The autopilot has a commanding 160 meters of forward-facing vision to provide a strong view of what is ahead. Without a successful system in place here collisions could be very common making the autopilot untrustworthy. Tesla has developed an impressive product here. Tied into this depth perception functionality, is the amazing circular camera visibility that the car has. It features cameras on the rear, side, and front end that allow the car to know everything that is surrounding it. This is the future of driving.
The Model Y and The Competition
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With deliveries on their way, we will see what the public says about the first Model Y’s as they release.
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Alex Belauste reports Tesla cars and stories at Torque News. He has worked with the automotive industry for the last 18 years and has since grown very fond to the community. Alex has owned 16 different cars and writes automotive news based on research, his personal expertise and experience. Belauste has studied business at Oklahoma State University and has since started his entry into the professional automotive world. Follow Alex on Twitter at @Belauste and on Instagram. Search Torque News Tesla for more daily Tesla coverage from our expert reporters.