The wait is over: Tesla's highly-anticipated Model Y compact crossover is finally in Singapore, and we were present at the launch event earlier today in ION Orchard to cover it!
The Texas-based electric car giant’s latest model shares many components with their popular Model 3 saloon ━ up to 75%, in fact ━ and is approximately 10% larger than the car. The crossover comes in two flavours ━ Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) and Performance Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD).
While both Model Y variants look nearly identical inside out, the headline figures are vastly different. Though the RWD model has a total range (WLTP) of 455 km, the range-topping Performance outshines it with a range estimate of 514 km. Acceleration is vastly different as well. The Model Y RWD is capable of doing a century sprint in 6.9 seconds, while the Performance clears it in merely 3.7 seconds. In terms of top speed, the RWD tops out at 214 km/h, which is already impressive. The Performance trumps its RWD sibling by capping off at 250 km/h.
The Performance model also comes with lowered suspension, a carbon fibre spoiler, Performance brakes and pedals, and 21-inch Uberturbine wheels (versus 19-inch Gemini / 20-inch Induction wheels for the RWD model) as standard.
However, both variants are on equal standing where safety is concerned. The Model Y scores a full five-star rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it one of the safest cars available today.
In terms of standard equipment, the Model Y is comparable to its Model 3 sibling. It comes with features like a 15-inch central touchscreen that controls most of the vehicle’s functions, a panoramic glass roof, a HEPA air filtration system, and an advanced suite of active safety features.
Cargo space is also surprisingly cavernous. The Model Y can store up to 2,158 litres of cargo, an impressive amount for a compact crossover. Tesla offers differing warranties for the different Model Y variants: the RWD has a battery & drive unit warranty of eight years or 160,000 km, while the warranty for the Performance is good for eight years or 192,000 km.
Prices start at S$142,471 for the RWD, and S$190,195 for the Performance (excluding COE). Delivery begins in August of this year. If you're keen to take a closer look at the car's specifications or features, do visit the Tesla Singapore site or try out their configurator here!
To find out our preliminary impressions on the Model Y, click here to read our First Drive article on it!
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