Tesla Reveals Model Y ‘Baby SUV’ Tonight

Marco Green
March 15, 2019

The Model Y will be unveiled today at a live-streamed event scheduled for 8pm Pacific Daylight Time (2pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time) at the company's design studios in Los Angeles.

UPDATE TWO The event is seemingly running a little bit behind as the live stream link is telling fans who registered for it to "hold tight" but it should begin within the next few minutes.

Tesla will be live streaming the entire launch event live from its website. Delivery of this baby SUV to buyers is expected to take a while, though. Elon Musk says its range will be roughly 10 per cent less than equivalent Model 3 variants.

Tesla talked about a $35,000 Model 3 three years ago, but while it delivered its first Model 3s in the summer of 2017, the cheapest versions typically cost in the mid-$40,000.

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, Calif., on June 22, 2018.

Musk said more detailed specs and pricing will be available at the Thursday reveal event. The heavier Model Y, however, will have less range because of its increased weight and size.

Speaking of costs, Tesla says that the Model Y will be roughly 10 percent more expensive than a comparable Model 3. It has a sleek tapered front-end with the larger rear and height of a compact crossover/SUV.

Teased image of Model Y from Tesla Photo: Tesla Inc. The fifth Tesla EV-after the original Roadster, the Model S, the Model X, and the Model 3-will share its wheelbase, chassis, and powertrain options with the brand's current smallest model, the Model 3 sedan.

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