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Tesla Begins Deliveries Of The Model Y

The first Model Y crossovers are being delivered to customers and an entry-level variant will arrive next year.

Tesla isn’t known for hitting deadlines, but the company has delivered the first Model Ys ahead of schedule.

In a tweet, the automaker confirmed the news and released a short video showing the crossover being built and driven.

Essentially a Model 3 on stilts, the Model Y is expected to become one of Tesla’s top-selling vehicles thanks to its combination of practicality and affordable pricing.

Speaking of the latter, the Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive variant starts at $52,990. The model can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). More importantly, it can travel approximately 316 miles (509 km) on a single charge.

Customers can also opt for a Performance variant which begins at $60,990. It features upgraded motors that allow the crossover to rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds. The top speed also increases to 145 mph (233 km/h), while the range only falls by 1 mile (1.6 km).

Besides the improved performance, the range-topping variant has a lowered suspension, high-performance brakes and 21-inch Überturbine wheels. Customers can also add an optional Performance Upgrade package which increases the top speed to 155 mph (250 km/h).

A more affordable standard range variant is slated to arrive early next year and start at $39,000. In return for the more affordable price tag, the range will be reduced to approximately 230 miles (370 km).

Getting back to the deliveries, a member of the Tesla Motors Club picked up their Model Y on Friday. They’ve posted a number of pictures and first impressions on the forum and you can check them out here.

 

Lead image credit: SilverSmith from Tesla Motors Club

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