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Tesla Model Y: Musk reveals new picture of compact SUV

Published: 07 June 2018

 Completes Tesla S, 3, X, Y range
 Production planned for Nov 2019
 Crossovery partner to the Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 may still be in ‘production hell’ but company founder and chief Elon Musk is already ramping up anticipation for his next electric car. Called the Model Y, the new EV aims to capture the compact SUV market, and is shaping up to be the Model X’s younger sibling. Think i-Pace to the larger F-Pace.

At Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in early June 2018, Musk revealed a new picture of the SUV - and it’s actually bolder than we expected. Just like the earlier teaser picture of the Model Y, the new image shows a rather aggressive squared-off bonnet and a curved, swooping front wing. That’s something we’ve not yet seen in any other Tesla design – besides the Semi truck.

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In addition to the squared-off grille and curvy wings, the Model Y also appears to have a heavily-raked windscreen, though that’s typical of Tesla’s early concept drawings. Musk revealed little else about the car, other than the fact the interior won't contain any leather.

Of course, it’ll be most interesting to see how the Tesla Model Y shapes up against the Jaguar i-Pace, its strongest competition in the marketplace.

Tesla Model Y: release date

Last year Musk confirmed the existence of the Tesla Model Y, a crossover-style EV to partner the Model 3. According to a new report on Reuters, two sources claim he's shooting for a production date of November 2019 for his next EV, and he wants to start production in China two years after that.

According to Reuters' sources, car brands typically choose suppliers around 2.5 years before production, but Tesla’s picking them just 18 months before it aims to start building the Model Y. While that’s just about possible, it sounds like a very aggressive plan to us.

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Tesla Model Y: production issues

The Y completes what Elon Musk calls Tesla’s ‘S 3 X Y’ model line-up, but it’s interesting to see the company pushing on despite issues with Model 3 production. When combined with the commercial Semi Truck and the forthcoming second-gen Roadster, it appears Tesla has a lot on its plate.

Will it deliver? The company’s track record – particularly with the Model 3 - suggests it won't all be plain sailing, but we’ll wait and see.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast