Tesla Model Y 2020: specs, pictures and on-sale date

Production of the Tesla Model Y SUV could start six months early, reports suggest

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y could enter production earlier than previously announced, according to reports. Rumours suggest that Tesla’s suppliers have been asked to provide parts six months earlier than planned, which would bring production forward to the early stages of 2020.

However, Tesla’s most recent update on the matter said production would begin in the summer of 2020, and no official communication since has suggested a change to this timetable.

The Model Y was officially revealed in March 2019, with the SUV set to join the Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X in the US company's model line-up. The mid-size SUV is built on the same platform as – and shares many components with – the Model 3.

Tesla is continuing its efforts to move into bigger-selling market sectors with the launch of the Model Y; it's second SUV after the Model X. The Model Y will be priced from $39,000 in the US (around £30,000 at time of writing) and will be offered in Standard Range, Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive and Performance variants.

The Model Y doesn't get the ‘falcon wing’ doors synonymous with the Model X, but like Tesla's larger SUV, will carry up to seven people. Tesla says the car's 0-60mph time will be as low as 3.5 seconds and top speed will be 150mph. The Standard Range version has a range of 230 miles on a full charge, with the Long Range car boosting that to 300 miles.

Inside, the Model Y boasts a panoramic glass roof and raised seating to give occupants a good view out. Keyless entry and exit using a smartphone app is standard, while up front there's a 15-inch touchscreen interface to operate most of the car's functions.

The aforementioned app also offers remote unlocking, pre-conditioning of the interior temperature and 'summon mode', where the car will drive itself to you from a parking space. The Model Y is compatible with the Tesla Supercharger network of rapid charging stations, including the latest V3 upgrade, which can add range at a rate equivalent to 1,000 miles per hour of charging.

Deliveries of the Model Y are set to begin late in 2020 for the Performance, Long Range and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive models. The Standard Range version will follow in early 2021. Production is set to take place at Tesla’s Gigafactory in the US, with the newly-announced site in Berlin also set to take on Model Y production when it opens in the next decade.