Tesla Model Y electric crossover will have the ability to adopt full autonomous driving technology; likely to borrow falcon wing from bigger Model X
Tesla will be expanding its production lineup with two new models scheduled to arrive between now and 2019. As we know already, the global and most affordable electric model from the American EV maker, the Model 3, will be one of them while the other will be a compact crossover. Sharing the same underpinnings with the Model 3, the crossover is likely to bear the Model Y nomenclature.
Presumably, the Model Y will be costlier than the Model 3 and due to the brand venturing into price range it has never done before; it will appeal for more entry-level premium customers than it currently is. However, as Tesla will be offering more personalisation options and features, it will certainly increase the price range a bit higher.
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Due to the popularity of crossovers and SUVs in America, the Model Y could turn out to be a top-notch seller alongside the Model 3 which has been touted as the major priority according to Tesla founder Elon Musk. It is expected to be previewed through a concept model as early as next year before the road-going version greets customers in 2019.
It will take design influence from the larger Model X SUV with the influential falcon wing likely to be adopted by the Model Y. Although sharing platform with the Model 3, the upcoming crossover will have the ability to be updated to fully autonomous technology as an optional fitment. According to Musk, the electrical architecture will be multiple times intellectual than the current Tesla models.
It is expected to come fitted with eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to self-learn the driving surroundings. Since the start of this decade, Tesla has spent more than two billion dollars to increase production and develop new electric technologies.
In order to reap benefits from the investment, it definitely needs to sell cars in huge volumes. The entry-level Model 3 and Model Y have the ability to meet those requirements. Tesla is aiming at manufacturing 100,000 examples of the Model 3 before the end of 2017 because over 400,000 orders have been placed so far.