The Tesla Mannequin Y has staggering specs — but it surely is not a significant new design for Tesla (TSLA)

Tesla revealed the Mannequin Y crossover SUV on Thursday night time. The Mannequin Y's specs are spectacular, particularly in Efficiency trim. However the design, whereas distinctive in crossover SUV land, is not an enormous departure from what has grow to be a well-known Tesla look. LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the Mannequin Y SUV on the carmaker's design studio on Thursday night time, to the cheers of a crowd of Tesla house owners and particular visitors gathered inside. Musk was in free, easygoing type — he ditched his now-famous behavior of sporting a cool new jacket for the car reveal, opting as an alternative for a primary black blazer, however he did don black-and-red Nike Jordans for the event. Tesla's lineup — Mannequin S, Mannequin three, Mannequin X, and now Mannequin Y — spells out "S3XY," and Musk provided loads of jokes on that rating as he reviewed Tesla's historical past, beginning with the primary Roadster and concluding with the Mannequin Y unveiling. At instances, the CEO, embattled by means of 2018, appeared to be partaking in an prolonged standup comedy routine. He boldly declared that in 10 years, Tesla will probably be pushed on Mars, cracking himself up. It was a superb present, and it was topped off by the principle occasion because the Mannequin Y was pushed out by Tesla design head Franz von Holzhausen. In a dashing blue with blacked-out particulars similar to badging and door handles for its debut, the Mannequin Y is the automobile that Tesla urgently must be promoting: a long-range all-electric crossover to seize the creativeness of patrons more and more besotted by these automobile/SUV mashups. Nice specs, acquainted design In Efficiency trim, the Mannequin Y's specs are gorgeous. A zero-to-60 mph time of three.5 seconds meets 300 miles of vary, with a 150 mph high pace and $60,000 price ticket. That trim degree arrives in late 2020, whereas the slower, $39,000 Customary Vary Mannequin Y will not hit the market till 2021. The numbers are literally cooler than the automobile, which is not a significant departure from Tesla's acquainted design language. It is modern, sporting its performance properly. However in contrast with the dazzling new Roadster, revealed in 2017, and the stately Mannequin S and taut Mannequin three, the Mannequin Y is a typical crossover. Von Holzhausen did some wonderful work with it, however crossovers are troublesome to make thrilling. That was to be anticipated — Tesla has to construct this factor, and the design shares elements with the Mannequin three to ease the manufacturing burden. So sure, it is an upscaled Mannequin three, or a downsized and easier (No falcon wing doorways!) Mannequin X. That mentioned, it does have that particular, futuristic Tesla look and can stand out vividly from the Toyota RAV4's and Honda CR-V's when it does hit the streets. The underside line? It is an extremely essential car for Tesla, and the small print are precisely what the market was asking for. However is it "bringing attractive again, fairly actually," as Musk mentioned? Together with the remainder of its household, sure. However by itself, I do not suppose it seems nearly as good as it can in all probability drive. FOLLOW US: On Fb for extra automobile and transportation content material! Be part of the dialog about this story » NOW WATCH: Elon Musk despatched a $100Okay Tesla Roadster to house a 12 months in the past. It has now traveled farther than every other automobile in historical past.