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Tesla Model Y: 'Coupe' crossover teased one last time

15 March 2019

The company broke ground on the Shanghai factory in January and its CEO Elon Musk has said the firm aims to finish initial construction this summer and start production of the Model 3 towards the end of the year.

The Model Y is based on the smallest auto in Tesla's range, the $35,000 Model 3, which Mr Musk hopes will bring electric motoring to the mass market.

First, let's talk about the name: Model Y. The names of Tesla's EV family were deliberate, and the Model 3 was initially supposed to be called the Model E. However, the threat of a lawsuit from Ford forced Tesla to change the name from Model E to Model 3. He also says it will have slightly less range from the same battery pack as the Model 3, which is rated for 220 miles with a full charge in the least-expensive Standard Range and 325 in the Long Range version.

If you registered for the live stream for the Model Y launch then you should have received your email from Tesla. Tesla will announce the Model Y's features plus pricing, as well as offering test drives for those in attendance.

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Tesla says that the Model Y will be about 10 percent larger than the Model 3 as well, and we'll guestimate around a 10 percent hit to efficiency.

Tesla has previously revealed only shaded computer renderings of the Model Y.

Teased image of Model Y from Tesla Photo: Tesla Inc. It is expected to share many design cues with the Model 3 sedan, though.

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Tesla Model Y: 'Coupe' crossover teased one last time