Tesla Model Y deliveries finally begin in the UK from early 2022, with prices for the electric SUV starting from £54,990.
Tesla will offer two models at launch, the Long Range AWD and Performance.
The first cars to arrive will be the Model Y Long Range AWD. The Performance, which costs from £64,990, reaches the UK from mid-2022.
The Model Y Long Range AWD will offer a WLTP-certified EV driving range of 315 miles. Performance models will have more, well, performance, at the expense of a lower range.
Tesla fans can start specifying their dream Model Y in the firm’s UK Design Studio from today.
Why Model Y
The Model Y is derived from the Tesla Model 3. Its styling is similar, but the Model Y has a taller roof and raised ride height, creating more space inside for up to seven passengers (third row seats are optional).
Luggage space is considerable: more than 1,900 litres with all rear seats folded. There’s also additional space on top in the front boot or ‘frunk’.
The interior will be familiar to Model 3 owners, with all major controls built into a central 15-inch touchscreen.
Tesla encourages owners to use its smartphone app, which facilitates keyless entry and exit.
Other functionality on the app includes remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, remote unlocking and a driverless ‘summon’ function.
Another key Tesla USP is its enviable Supercharger network. There are currently more than 6,000 of them across Europe, with upwards of 500 in the UK alone.
Rollout of its V3 Supercharger, ‘which can charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour’, is also gathering pace.