Elon Musk will unveil Tesla’s fourth main automotive, the Mannequin Y, at an occasion in Los Angeles this night. Primarily based on the Mannequin 3, the mid-sized SUV will sit under the Mannequin X, and whereas particulars are nonetheless scarce, we are able to make some educated guesses about what the automotive may appear to be.

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Teaser photographs counsel a barely extra subtle exterior design than that of the Mannequin X, which is maybe a bit of cumbersome, however a extra upright stature than the entry-level Mannequin 3. Musk and Tesla have introduced (or alluded to) varied different physique types, together with pickup vans and lorries, however this type of SUV is a well-liked format in lots of the firm’s key markets.

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We don’t suppose the Mannequin Y will share the Mannequin X’s flawed-but-beautiful “Falcon” doorways. The Mannequin Y will almost certainly be a way more standard electrical SUV. Musk has described it as “10 p.c greater” than the Mannequin Three saloon, including that it’s going to considerably resemble it; the photographs we’ve seen all level to a taller design, nevertheless. Inside, we anticipate 5 seats and an inexpensive boot house.

The Mannequin Y, Tesla’s newest all-electric automotive, will have the ability to use present Tesla infrastructure  Credit score: MIKE BLAKE /REUTERS

Until the Mannequin Three mechanicals have been significantly modified to be used within the Mannequin Y, we predict the brand new automotive could have marginally worse efficiency and vary because of the added dimension and weight. If the car is obtainable with the Mannequin 3’s low-range battery configuration, we anticipate the entry-level Mannequin Y to have a spread of round 200 miles. In long-range type that is likely to be nearer to 300 miles.

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The truth that Tesla’s mannequin vary spells out “S Three X Y” ought to come as no shock to followers of the model, who know that Elon Musk’s firm is extra playful than most mainstream automotive producers. Nonetheless, a number of controversies have affected the upstart company and its outspoken CEO, and the delayed launch of the Mannequin Three means that it might be some time earlier than patrons (particularly European ones) obtain their automobiles.

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And with costs anticipated to begin at $40,000 within the US, this will probably be a comparatively costly automotive within the UK, particularly in additional usable long-range type. Vehicles similar to Kia’s e-Niro and Hyundai’s Kona EV already provide very comparable versatility at inexpensive costs, which means Tesla could have extra opponents than ever when the brand new automotive goes on sale subsequent yr. 

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