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

Four different versions and $39,000 US starting price confirmed for new Tesla SUV

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y SUV has been officially revealed, joining the Tesla Model 3 and larger 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 the company’s second SUV after the Model X and is due to go into production in 2020. The Model Y will start at $39,000 in the US (equivalent to just under £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 will begin late in 2020 for the Performance, Long Range and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive models. The Standard Range version will start to be delivered in early 2021.