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Tesla Mannequin Y lineup expands with Rear-Wheel Drive model -EAST AUTO NEWS

Tesla Mannequin Y lineup expands with Rear-Wheel Drive model


A 3rd variant of the Tesla Mannequin Y has launched, known as the Rear-Wheel Drive. It’s out there to order now, with Tesla saying clients can count on first deliveries from December this yr. At £51,990, the Mannequin Y Rear-Wheel Drive sits under the Lengthy Vary and Efficiency variations within the mid-sized, all-electric SUV’s lineup. 

The Tesla Mannequin Y Rear-Wheel Drive receives the identical 82kWh battery pack because the costlier fashions (75kWh of which is usable). Nonetheless, because the title suggests it’s rear-wheel drive not like the all-wheel drive Lengthy Vary and Efficiency variations. 

The battery within the Mannequin Y RWD powers a single electrical motor mounted on the rear axle – reasonably than the dual-motor arrange within the different fashions. The Mannequin Y RWD doesn’t obtain any differentiating exterior design particulars. 

New Tesla Mannequin Y: powertrains, vary and efficiency

Given the dearth of a dual-motor, all-wheel drive system, the Mannequin Y RWD has slower acceleration than its counterparts. It takes 6.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60mph, the place the Lengthy Vary will take 4.8 seconds and the Efficiency 3.5 seconds. Prime pace stands at 135mph – the identical because the Lengthy Vary. The Efficiency will prime out at 155mph. 

The Mannequin Y Rear-Wheel Drive is the lightest of the three fashions, weighing in at 1,909kg to the Lengthy Vary’s 1,979kg and the Efficiency’s 1,955kg. Even with the slight discount in weight, the RWD mannequin gives the bottom driving vary (267 miles on the bigger 20-inch wheels and 283 miles on the 19-inch wheels).

In order for you the utmost vary out of a Mannequin Y then the Lengthy Vary model is the plain selection. Just like the RWD, vary relies on the wheel dimension. On the smaller 19-inch ‘Gemini’ wheels, the Lengthy Vary gives a most 351 miles. Spec the bigger 20-inch and also you’ll see the vary drop to 331 miles. Being targeted on pace, the Efficiency mannequin will return a 319-mile vary on its bigger 21-inch ‘Überturbine’ wheels.  

Along with the additional energy, the Tesla Mannequin Y Efficiency comes with chassis upgrades. There are improved brakes, lowered sports activities suspension and aluminium pedals. A tiny carbon fibre lip spoiler additionally seems on the bootlid.

New Tesla Mannequin Y: specs and expertise

The £51,990 Mannequin Y Rear-Wheel Drive kicks off the vary, adopted by the £57,990 Lengthy Vary and the range-topping £67,990 Efficiency mannequin. 

When the Mannequin Y was first launched within the UK, it got here with 5 seats as commonplace, though consumers can select so as to add a 3rd row within the again, growing seating capability to seven. That selection has been eliminated so for now its five-seats solely. 

No matter Mannequin Y you select there’s the identical selection of paint finishes and a selection of both black or black and white upholstery, too. Commonplace tools contains energy folding and heated door mirrors and a full-length panoramic glass sunroof, which Tesla says gives safety from each ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

Inside, there’s electrically adjustable entrance seats, heated entrance and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 13-speaker audio system, 4 USB ports and two wi-fi smartphone charging pads mounted within the centre console. An choice of a tow bar is accessible throughout the vary.

Consumers additionally profit from an unlimited 15-inch tablet-style infotainment system mounted within the centre of the sprint, which might show all the things from navigation directions to movies and TV exhibits. 

All variations of the Mannequin Y might be optionally specified with Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot system. The improve prices £3,400 and provides an auto lane-change operate, computerized parking and a characteristic which claims to supply automated driving on the motorway from entry slip street to exit ramp.

There’s even a setting known as Sensible Summon, which Tesla says will enable the Mannequin Y to mechanically come and discover you in a parking lot – and even head off by itself to seek out its personal parking area. The operate is managed utilizing the Tesla smartphone app.

For £6,800, consumers can improve this technique to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Functionality package deal. It options the entire features within the Enhanced Autopilot system, together with a setting that may mechanically react to altering site visitors lights and the corporate’s in-house designed “Self-Driving Laptop.”

The package deal additionally indicators the proprietor as much as future over-the-air software program updates for the automobile’s autonomous programs. Presently, Tesla is engaged on tech that may enable the automobile to steer itself round metropolis streets.

By way of charging, the RWD gives a most cost price of 170kW whereas the Lengthy Vary and Efficiency can cost at 250kW. 

New 2022 Tesla Mannequin Y: design, inside and dimensions

If you happen to’re considering that the Tesla Mannequin Y seems to be an terrible lot just like the Mannequin 3, you’d be proper – it’s all a part of Tesla’s technique. The agency’s CEO, Elon Musk, has beforehand mentioned that the SUV will share three-quarters of its elements with the saloon, together with its platform, to assist in the reduction of on improvement prices.

So, the Mannequin Y has the same silhouette (albeit with a barely taller trip peak) to the Mannequin 3, whereas the saloon’s blanked-off radiator grille, slim LED headlamps and neat ducktail spoiler have all been replicated. Nonetheless, the Mannequin Y SUV includes a hatchback tailgate to spice up practicality.

Musk has mentioned that the Mannequin Y “could have the performance of an SUV, however the functionality of a sports activities automobile,” promising neat dealing with because of its low-mounted battery pack. It additionally has a drag coefficient of 0.23, making it extra streamlined than a Toyota Prius.

The Mannequin Y measures 4,750mm lengthy, 1,920mm extensive and 1,623mm tall. That makes it 68mm longer, 25mm wider and 58mm taller than the Jaguar I-Tempo – but it surely’s significantly shorter than the Audi e-tron. It’s additionally considerably lighter than each rivals, weighing a claimed 2,003kg in each Lengthy Vary and Efficiency specification.

These dimensions additionally imply that the Mannequin Y has grown in each route in comparison with the Mannequin 3 on which it’s primarily based. The upshot of that is drastically improved cabin area: Tesla says that the Y has 43mm extra headroom and a formidable 135mm additional legroom for rear seat passengers in comparison with its entry-level saloon.

Now click on right here to learn our evaluate of the brand new Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary…

Tesla Mannequin Y lineup expands with Rear-Wheel Drive model -EAST AUTO NEWS
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