The Model Y gets additional features ahead of the much-anticipated Australian launch

The Model Y gets additional features ahead of the much-anticipated Australian launch


The Tesla Model Y – now the best-selling electric car in some key markets – appears to be getting some last-minute upgrades ahead of its much-anticipated launch in Australia.

The Model Y — the older sister, or brother, of the already best-selling Model 3 is not available to order in Australia, though speculation has swirled that a configuration and system page is about to open.

In the meantime, there are several rumored upgrades to the crossover SUV, including an additional 16-volt lithium-ion battery and several cosmetic updates.

News of a possible upgrade of the old 12-volt battery to a lithium-ion battery first surfaced in late 2021, although details of whether it will be 12-volt or 16-volt are not yet clear.

A Tesla customer posted on social media that a 16-volt lithium-ion battery was used in the Shanghai-made Model Y in November 2021.

However, according to Chinese Tesla observer Guy in Shanghai, the car disassembled by a Chinese team found 12 volts under the hood.

Now, late Reports It states that the battery upgrade will be 16V, although there is very little confirmation other than referring to the “recent Hong Kong media tour”.

I mentioned Zee Kar The 16 volt lithium-ion auxiliary battery replaces the previous 12 volt lead-acid battery used in other vehicles. The new battery will be lighter, more compact and expected to last longer with the ability to be recharged along with the main battery pack of the Model Y.

Unlike premium Tesla cars, on which the manuals operate at 15.5 volts of additional battery voltage, no similar information is available for the Model 3 and Model Y. Instead, Technical Specifications Say “low voltage minus (-) ground” (and yes, this is an Australian Y-type proof).

Other cosmetic updates reported include double-glazed rear windows – where they were previously only up front – a foldable boot rack, and the new no-cost standard color has been swapped from the more attractive multi-coated glossy white to a solid color. black.

These updates may not come as a surprise, as reports have been circulating since late 2021 that these updates are coming, thanks to rumors coming from Tesla’s Giga Shanghai, where Australian Tesla cars will be manufactured.

This announced confirmation also joins announced upgrades including a more powerful AMD Ryzen processor and taller backlight bulbs — both of which are already on the new Model 3.

The steady slow decline of unofficial and “reported” information continues to whet the appetite of Australians who are eagerly anticipating the Tesla Model Y and Model 3, both of which are due to be launched in Australia in the near future.

A pricing leak suggested that the Model Y would start at A$67,900, although there was a later report that a local Form Y order page was in testing and a customer was able to place an order indicating that the price had yet to be determined.

The leaked prices for “business and industry customers” failed to include any details of the mid-spec long-range variant, which could be an indication of the fact that it won’t be coming to Australia, or simply evidence of nothing at all.

Tesla limits what’s available in some countries, such as the UK and Europe, where only Long Range and Performance Model Y variants are available. However, the Long Range Model Y has been Australia certified.

The RWD model boasts a driving range of 455 km (WLTP) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, thanks to a single rear motor providing a power output of 255 kW.

However, the Performance AWD variant sees those numbers jump, with a range of 480 kilometers (WLTP) and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds thanks to twin motors providing 393 kW of power output.

The performance variant also offers an unlocked top speed of 250 km/h, 21-inch turbo wheels, performance brakes, lowered suspension and aluminum alloy pedals.

The long-range variant, if it arrives in Australia, offers a driving range of 505 kilometers (WLTP) and acceleration of 100 km/h in 5 seconds thanks to twin motors producing 378 kW of power.

While the Model Y is expected to be launched in Australia by the end of the year, it is likely to be released sometime in 2023, given continuing supply chain issues affecting the automotive sector worldwide, and most recently, the shutdowns in Shanghai. to reduce production output.

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