Tesla says it’s prepared to start out delivering the Mannequin Y compact SUV within the first quarter of 2020, in a letter to buyers. That’s forward of schedule, a primary for the corporate.

If the Mannequin Y begins delivery in March, that’s a number of months forward of the unique estimate of “fall 2020” espoused by the corporate on the Mannequin Y launch occasion in 2018.

It’s not clear which model of the Mannequin Y would be the first to ship. The $47,000 long-range Mannequin Y, with a variety of 300 miles, was stated to be anticipated first. Tesla has stated it’ll additionally promote an all-wheel drive dual-motor model for $51,000 and a efficiency model for $60,000.

The cheaper, customary vary model with a variety of 230 miles gained’t be obtainable till 2021, Musk has stated. It can promote for $39,000.

The Mannequin Y was teased for years, however was formally introduced in March 2018. Whereas Tesla calls it a compact or crossover SUV, the Mannequin Y shares about 75 p.c of its components with the Mannequin three sedan, and the 2 electrical autos are extraordinarily comparable.

The Mannequin Y has a bit extra headroom and a 3rd row. The fold-down seats within the third row are very small, and there’s not a lot house, a minimum of as of a demo journey final 12 months. In any other case, the Mannequin Y options the identical sparse inside and dashboard-mounted touchscreen show for which the Mannequin three is understood.

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