The Tesla Model Y SUV will reportedly be priced below $70,000 before on-road costs when it goes on sale in Australia.

    The hotly-anticipated electric SUV will start at $67,990 before on-road costs for the Standard Range model and extend to $98,172 before on-roads for the all-wheel drive Performance, according to a guide meant for “corporate and industry customers” but published to Chasing Cars.

    That starting price aligns the Model Y RWD with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD ($71,900 before on-roads) and Kia EV6 RWD ($67,900 before on-road costs).

    The entry-level Model Y is $4090 more expensive than the equivalent Model 3, while the range-topping Model Y Performance is just shy of $10,000 more expensive than its sedan cousin based on the leaked pricing.

    Chasing Cars reports the Model Y won’t feature a mid-range, non-Performance all-wheel drive option at launch. It’s likely Tesla will add the option later in the vehicle’s life, however.

    The Model Y will offer a choice of 62.28kWh and 82.8kWh battery packs when it arrives in Australia. The smaller of the two batteries will be used in the Standard Range, with the larger battery reserved for the Performance.

    Tesla Australia claims the Model Y will offer a range of up to 505km, down from the 602km range claim for the Model 3 Long Range AWD, and the 547km it claims for the Model 3 Performance AWD.

    The Model Y was initially due Down Under during 2021, but has since been pushed back. Provided supply is steady it’s expected to be the best-selling Tesla in Australia when orders finally open, ahead of the rampantly popular Model 3 sedan.

    The electric carmaker has sold 4417 examples of the Model 3 sedan to date in 2022 according to the latest VFACTS report, making it the best-selling electric car in Australia.

    Its sales account for almost two-thirds (65.4 per cent) of all Australian electric vehicle sales so far in 2022.

    We’ve reached out to some industry contacts to verify the reported pricing, and will follow up once we learn anything further.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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