THE eagerly awaited Tesla Model Y is now available to order in the UK, with the pure-electric crossover boasting a range of up to 315 miles on a charge, and a seven-seater option.
Set to compete against the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4, Skoda Enyaq iV, and Ford Mustang Mach E, the Model Y is based on the same platform as the best-selling Model 3, though with more interior space.
The now familiar model line-up is available from Tesla, both fitted with dual motors for all-wheel drive, and featuring Long Range and Performance versions at launch. A Standard Range expected to join the line-up in due course at a lower price point.
However, the Long Range provides customers with the headline 315 mile range, plus a 4.8 second 0-62mph time, 19-inch alloys, towing capabilities, and five-seat interior. As with all Tesla models, the cabin is minimalist in the extreme, with a single large touchscreen operating just about all controls.
The Performance version sees range drop to 298 miles because of a focus on pace, with a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds. Over the Long Range model, it is fitted with lowered suspension, 21-inch alloys, a higher top speed, and performance brakes.
Charging can be carried out at up to 250 kW for a 75 mile increase in range in just five minutes, or almost 160 miles added in a quarter of an hour. That’s available either from Tesla’s proprietary Supercharger network, or from high-power 250+ kW CCS charge points.
Considering the Model Y combines two high growth markets – crossovers and electric vehicles – expect huge demand for the new Tesla. Deliveries are expected to start in the UK early 2022, with prices starting at £54,990 for the Long Range model, and £64,990 for the Performance version. No word yet on lease rates for those SME businesses that wish to contract hire the Y.