Tesla’s Model Y Unveil: How To Watch Tonight And What To Expect

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 15, 2019

The Model Y will be unveiled today at a live-streamed event scheduled for 8pm Pacific Daylight Time (2pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time) at the company's design studios in Los Angeles. Or so says Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a recent tweet.

Tesla will begin taking orders for the Model Y shortly after Thursday's reveal.

First, let's talk about the name: Model Y. The names of Tesla's EV family were deliberate, and the Model 3 was initially supposed to be called the Model E. However, the threat of a lawsuit from Ford forced Tesla to change the name from Model E to Model 3.

Just like the bigger Model X, the new crossover will have a steeply raked rear, meaning it shares more in common with a BMW X4 than a Toyota Kluger.

Musk said more detailed specs and pricing will be available at the Thursday reveal event. The increased commonality should make the Model Y easier to integrate into current assembly processes and make it somewhat less expensive to produce.

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The video posted on the social media network shows the Model Y under a vehicle cover, revealing the car's silhouette.

Analysts said that with the Model Y, Tesla look to dig its claws into the profitable compact SUV segment, which grew by 12.6 percent to 3.5 million SUVs sold in 2018. Compact SUVs are the largest auto segment and is 50 percent larger than the next-largest segment. So despite Elon tweeting the Model Y would have them, yeah, no.

Model Y will share 75 per cent of its parts with the Model 3 and will likely be built at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.

This set-up should help the Model Y make it into production quicker and cost less to develop.

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