Tesla has added a third variant to its top-selling Model Y electric SUV line-up in Australia, while also reducing pricing of the existing variants back to where it was at the start of the year.
The Chinese-made Tesla Model Y Long Range is priced from $81,900 before on-road costs, which is $13,000 more expensive than the entry-level RWD, and $13,000 cheaper than the flagship Performance. A full price list is at the bottom of this story.
Tesla estimates if you order a Model Y Long Range right now it will arrive between May and June this year. If you order a Model Y RWD or Performance right now on the other hand, it’s estimated to arrive between April and June this year.
The Tesla Model Y Long Range has a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup with an undisclosed total system output and battery capacity.
The company claims it can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.0 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 217km/h.
For context, the Model Y Performance can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h, while the base RWD does the sprint in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 217km/h.
Tesla claims the Model Y Long Range has a range of 533km according to WLTP testing. Within Tesla’s line-up, only the Model 3 Long Range and Model 3 Performance have more claimed range, at 602km and 547km, respectively.
The Model Y Long Range looks visually identical to the entry-level RWD variant with its 19-inch Gemini wheels, though it appears to have a Dual-Motor badge on the back. 20-inch Induction wheels cost an additional $2400.
It’s available as standard with Pearl White Multi-Coat exterior paint, with Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, and Deep Blue costing an additional $1500. Red Multi-Coat costs an additional $2400.
The Model Y Long Range, like all current Australian-specification variants, is available with five seats. It comes with an all-black interior as standard, with a black-and-white interior costing an additional $1500.
As previously reported, no home charging equipment is supplied with a new Tesla. It now has to be purchased separately.
The Tesla Model Y Long Range can be ordered now with a $400 deposit. As noted above, if you order now it’s estimated to arrive between May and June this year.
Reuters reported words from sources saying the updated crossover, codenamed Project Juniper internally, is expected to enter production in October 2024.
Two sources told the news agency Tesla has asked suppliers for quotes for exterior and interior components of the Model Y update.
It’s unclear just what changes are coming to the crossover, though the Model 3 update – codenamed Project Highland – looks set to receive visual updates to its front and rear ends, among other tweaks.
The 2023 Tesla Model Y range is priced as follows:
- 2023 Tesla Model Y RWD: $68,990
- 2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range: $81,900
- 2023 Tesla Model Performance: $94,990
All prices are before on-road costs and include Luxury Car Tax if applicable, but exclude order and delivery fees.
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