The Tesla Model Y has staggering specs — but it isn't a major new design for Tesla (TSLA)

Model Y

  • Tesla revealed
    the Model
    Y
    crossover SUV on Thursday night.
  • The Model Y’s specs are impressive, especially in Performance
    trim.
  • But the design, while distinctive in crossover SUV land, isn’t
    a huge departure from what has become a familiar Tesla
    look.

LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk
revealed the Model Y SUV
at the carmaker’s design studio on
Thursday night, to the cheers of a crowd of Tesla owners and
special guests gathered inside.

Musk was in loose, easygoing form — he ditched his now-famous
habit of wearing a cool new jacket for the vehicle reveal, opting
instead for a basic black blazer, but he did don black-and-red Nike
Jordans for the occasion.

Tesla’s lineup — Model S, Model 3, Model X, and now Model Y
— spells out “S3XY,” and Musk offered plenty of jokes on that
score as he reviewed Tesla’s history, starting with the first
Roadster and concluding with the Model Y unveiling. At times, the
CEO, embattled through 2018, seemed to be engaging in an extended
standup comedy routine. He boldly declared that in 10 years, Tesla
will be driven on Mars, cracking himself up.

It was a good show, and it was topped off by the main event as
the Model Y was driven out by Tesla design head Franz von
Holzhausen.

In a dashing blue with blacked-out details such as badging and
door handles for its debut, the Model Y is the car that Tesla
urgently needs to be selling: a long-range all-electric crossover
to capture the imagination of buyers increasingly besotted by these
car/SUV mashups.

Great specs, familiar design

Tesla Model Y

In Performance trim, the Model Y’s specs are stunning. A
zero-to-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds meets 300 miles of range, with a
150 mph top speed and $60,000 price tag. That trim level arrives in
late 2020, while the slower, $39,000 Standard Range Model Y won’t
hit the market until 2021.

The numbers are actually cooler than the car, which isn’t a
major departure from Tesla’s familiar design language. It’s sleek,
wearing its functionality well. But compared with the dazzling new
Roadster, revealed in 2017, and the stately Model S and taut Model
3, the Model Y is a typical crossover. Von Holzhausen did some fine
work with it, but crossovers are difficult to make thrilling.

That was to be expected — Tesla has to build this thing, and
the design shares components with the Model 3 to ease the
manufacturing burden. So yes, it’s an upscaled Model 3, or a
downsized and less complicated (No falcon wing doors!) Model X.

That said, it does have that distinctive, futuristic Tesla look
and will stand out vividly from the Toyota RAV4’s and Honda CR-V’s
when it does hit the streets.

The bottom line? It’s an incredibly important vehicle for Tesla,
and the details are exactly what the market was asking for. But is
it “bringing sexy back, quite literally,” as Musk said? Along with
the rest of its family, yes. But on its own, I don’t think it looks
as good as it will probably drive.

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The Tesla Model Y has staggering specs — but it isn't a major new design for Tesla (TSLA)