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

Deliveries of the Tesla Model Y SUV are underway in the US, with UK cars due by the end of 2020

Tesla Model Y

According to reports online, the first Tesla Model Y was delivered on Friday, 13 March to a customer on the west coast of the United States. UK deliveries are expected by the end of 2020.

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

Tesla is continuing its efforts to move into bigger-selling market sectors with the launch of the Model Y; its second SUV after the Model X. The car will be priced from $39,000 in the US (around £30,000) 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 all-wheel-drive Model Y is claimed to do 315 miles on a charge, calculated on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle. On paper, that takes it to within 10 miles of the larger Tesla Model X's maximum EPA-rated range. Estimated range on the WLTP cycle (which is more commonly used in the rest of the word) is 336 miles.

Images of cars being delivered, seen on social media, have also detailed the Model Y’s interior for the first time: as expected, the cabin appears to have a very similar design to that of the Model Y's Model 3 sister car, albeit with some slight detail changes.

Information from the Model Y owner's manual also indicates that the car will be 56mm longer, 71mm wider and 183mm taller than the Model 3, with 168mm inches of ground clearance. The wheelbase is also 15mm longer. There's more space in the back than in the Model 3, too: 41mm more headroom and a significant 135mm more legroom. The Model Y is 156kg heavier than the Model 3.

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 Long Range and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive Model Y cars will come first, and 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.