New Tesla Mannequin Y: electrical SUV to launch tonight

Tesla has launched this teaser of the Mannequin Y Compact SUV will show essential for agency in combat in opposition to growing variety of EV rivals Tesla will unveil its essential Mannequin Y SUV tonight (14 March) – and the corporate is hoping classes discovered from the Mannequin three’s “manufacturing hell” may also help it capitalise on the “large” alternative introduced by its most vital new mannequin but.  The SUV might be launched in California this night, in an occasion that begins at Zero300hrs GMT on Friday morning. Autocar will convey you all of the information from the launch. The Mannequin Y is because of go on sale in late 2020, with the corporate just lately finalising manufacturing plans for the brand new automotive. Boss Elon Musk has confirmed the upcoming launch of the mannequin, having given an 'estimate' of 15 March on Twitter final 12 months. Musk mentioned that detailed pricing and specs can be revealed on the occasion, together with demo rides in prototype machines. Tesla Mannequin three Efficiency evaluation 2019: EV saloon pushed in Europe The affirmation of the Mannequin Y launch follows quickly after Tesla's entry-level Commonplace Mannequin three mannequin went on sale, priced within the US at $35,000 (£26,000). The automotive encompasses a 220-mile vary, in contrast with 325 within the range-topping Lengthy Vary Mannequin three. Musk mentioned that, because the Mannequin Y was round 10% larger than the Mannequin three, it could value about 10% extra. If the Mannequin Y is obtainable in an identical entry-level Commonplace mannequin, that may counsel a beginning worth of round $38,500 (£29,000). That's earlier than current worth rises for Tesla's vary, barring the brand new $35,000 entry-level Mannequin three, have been revealed. Tesla bought greater than 120,000 examples of its Mannequin three final 12 months, making it the world’s top-selling electrical automotive. The Mannequin three was additionally the best-selling saloon automotive within the US, though its gross sales have been nonetheless dwarfed by these of pick-up vehicles and SUVs. For comparability, Ford bought greater than 900,000 of the F-Collection truck and the Toyota RAV4 topped SUV charts with 427,170 gross sales.  The continued shift of the market from saloons to SUVs is why Musk says the Mannequin Y presents “large” progress alternatives for the agency. Tesla at present produces the Mannequin X giant SUV, however the excessive value and complexity of that mannequin restrict its quantity.  Musk just lately advised buyers: “The demand for Mannequin Y might be perhaps 50% increased than Mannequin three; could possibly be even double.”  The Mannequin three has by no means suffered from a scarcity of demand: Tesla’s issues have been about provide, because it struggled to scale up manufacturing. It's at present producing round 1000 Mannequin 3s every week and says it expects to have the ability to construct 7000 every week on a sustained foundation by the tip of the 12 months.  With that plant at overcapacity, the Mannequin Y is ready to be constructed at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 website in Nevada, the place it at present produces battery packs and electrical motors. The agency has began tooling up the manufacturing line on the website with the intention to start out quantity manufacturing subsequent 12 months.  Sarcastically, the a lot publicised issues constructing the Mannequin three may gain advantage the Mannequin Y, as Tesla has demonstrated the power to create a brand new manufacturing line far faster than is customary within the automotive trade. Producing the automotive alongside its batteries and motors may also ease transport logistics. With rivals reminiscent of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all within the strategy of launching their very own premium SUVs, it is going to be important for Tesla to ramp up manufacturing of the Mannequin Y shortly. To help that, it is going to be constructed on the identical platform because the Mannequin three, with Tesla saying the 2 automobiles will share round 75% of their elements, seemingly together with powertrains.  The entry-level Mannequin three encompasses a single motor with a 130mph high pace and Zero-60mph time of 5.6sec. It is usually provided with a 145mph dual-motor system, which options in a Efficiency variant that enhances high pace to 162mph by an output of round 444bhp.  The long-range dual-motor mannequin has a variety of 338 miles on the WLTP check cycle, giving it the longest official vary of any EV at present being bought in Europe. The Mannequin Y could have a barely shorter vary – Musk says it's round 10% larger than the Mannequin three – however remains to be set to high 300 miles. That would give it an important edge over premium rivals and even smaller electrical SUVs such because the Hyundai Kona Electrical and Kia e-Niro.  Basing the Mannequin Y on the identical platform because the Mannequin three means that it is going to be a compact crossover and it's set to have smooth styling nearer to the Mannequin three’s than the Mannequin X’s.  The Mannequin Y is predicted to be barely longer than the Mannequin three, which measures 4690mm, however an identical width (1930mm). That makes it an identical dimension to the Mercedes-Benz EQC and barely shorter than an Audi E-tron.  Musk described 2018 because the “most pivotal 12 months” in Tesla’s historical past and 2019 is ready to be much more vital – and never simply due to the Mannequin Y. The agency has began work on its first manufacturing facility in Shanghai, which supplies it far better alternatives on this planet’s largest EV market. Tesla is aiming to provide 3000 Mannequin 3s every week there when it begins manufacturing later this 12 months. Mixed with the 7000 per week goal for Fremont, that may give the agency the power to provide 500,000 Mannequin 3s a 12 months by early 2020.  Tesla has additionally begun European deliveries of the Mannequin three to left-hand-drive markets, with the primary cargo arriving in Zeebrugge, Belgium, earlier this month. Solely the dual-motor and Efficiency variations can be found in Europe for the time being. Proper-hand-drive deliveries to the UK are as a result of begin later this 12 months.  Tesla is engaged on plenty of different new autos, together with a brand new Roadster, Semi lorry and a pick-up. Musk additionally just lately revealed the agency is growing a minibus that might be constructed on the Mannequin X platform. 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