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Tesla MODEL Y Price and Specs

The price range for the Tesla MODEL Y varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $72,300 and going to $100,235 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $72,300 $100,235
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Tesla MODEL Y Interior

The interior of the Model Y is more spacious than its Model 3 sibling, with significantly more headroom and legroom. Synthetic leather trim is standard for the seats, and soft trims of both leather and alcantara extend into the doors and the centre console.

Tesla MODEL Y Dimensions

The dimensions of the Tesla MODEL Y SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1624x1978x4750 mm 167 mm
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Tesla MODEL Y Seats

The Model Y launched with only a five-seat layout in Australia, a seven-seat version is also available overseas. All Australian-delivered cars have synthetic leather trim and heated seats for all positions as standard.

Tesla MODEL Y Seats

Tesla MODEL Y Colours

There are five colours in the Model Y range, White, Black, Grey, Blue, and Red.

  • Pearl White
  • Solid Black
  • Midnight Silver
  • Deep Blue
  • Red Multi-Coat
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Tesla MODEL Y Towing Capacity

The Tesla MODEL Y has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 1600kg 1600kg
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Tesla MODEL Y Boot Space

The Model Y has a boot space of 854 litres with the second row up, although this does include a large under-floor storage area. The frunk comes in at 117 litres, and with the third row down total luggage space is an impressive 2158L.

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Tesla MODEL Y Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Tesla MODEL Y here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How do Tesla cars work?

    It’s a popular barbecue or front bar topic of discussion: How do Tesla cars work? Fundamentally it’s pretty simple; they work like any other car, but they use an electric motor in place of an internal combustion engine. And instead of filling them with petrol, you recharge the batteries with electricity. There are other differences, too, but that’s the simplest definition of what is a Tesla, and the one that allows it to operate on fully renewable energy on some cases.

    Tesla is a company founded by Elon Musk, the same guy that invented PayPal. So the company has plenty of money behind it. As well as cars, Tesla makes home storage batteries (for storing rooftop solar power) and is investing in all sorts of renewable technology and electrical components.

    Over time, the Tesla cars product has evolved from a small sports car converted to electric, to clean-sheet designs for modern electric cars, SUV, pick-ups and even a semi-trailer than runs on electricity. But which ever Tesla you’re talking about, they all use a common philosophy.

    That starts with a battery. In the case of Tesla’s current designs, that’s the latest lithium-ion battery tech. Connected to that is either a single electric motor or a pair of motors that power either the rear wheels or all four wheels respectively. Just like a slot car, you feed power to the electric motor and the car moves. Of course, a slot car doesn’t carry a battery, it picks up its power form the track it runs on, but even that could be a thing of the future for electric cars which might be able to wirelessly collect power through the road surface. It’s not as far off as you might think.

    Other differences between a Tesla (and any other mainstream electric car) and a conventional car as we know it include bakes that recoup energy as the car slows (which is used to recharge the battery on the run) and the electrification of every system that is handled mechanically by a conventional car (brake boosting, power steering, heating etc).

    Another major difference is that the Tesla drivetrain doesn’t feature multiple gears in its transmission. Because the electric motor offers maximum torque from standstill, the Tesla only needs one gear to achieve lots of acceleration and ample top speed.

    The electric motor these days is a pretty neat piece of gear and is virtually maintenance free. It also has the potential to last a lot longer than an internal combustion engine. The batteries are also much better these days and as well as being vastly more energy-rich (their output per kg) they charge more quickly and battery life can easily be half a million kilometres. Some car-makers now offer a ten-year warranty on battery-packs. Tesla in Australia offers up to eight years battery warranty (depending on the model) but, crucially, up to 240,000km of cover guaranteeing that the battery will retain at least 70 per cent of its original capacity at that point.

    Perhaps Tesla’s biggest claim to fame is that it took electric cars from golf carts to a product that was sexy and in demand. The company was way ahead of the curve in this regard, but now it seems the rest of the world is catching up, and the Tesla car has more serious competition now than it ever did.

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  • Where is Tesla made?

    While the city of Detroit, Michigan is the cradle of the North American car industry, electric-car maker Tesla has always marched to the beat of its own drum. So even though it’s a US based entity, Tesla’s worldwide view and its inherent mould-breaking attitude means that its factories are in some interesting locations. But how many are there and in which countries?

    Tesla currently has three giant plants across the USA, as well as a plant in China. Some of these plants make the Tesla cars we’re familiar with, while others are responsible for battery and solar technology production. Tesla is also building a fourth North American plant as well as a European gigafactory in Germany, while rumours of a second Chinese plant are also doing the rounds.

    Given that Tesla cars are the brand’s most visible, recognisable products, the question usually revolves around where are Tesla cars made? In that case, the answer is the firm’s original gigafactory in Fremont (near San Francisco in California) which builds the Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y as well as components for other Tesla products. The original gigafactory in Fremont is a huge facility (as are all Tesla factories) employing something like 10,000 people. It was once the site of a General Motors manufacturing plant and then a Toyota/GM joint production facility.

    The Shanghai plant in China, meanwhile, is the other half of the answer to 'where are Tesla cars built'. That plant produces whole cars, including the Model 3 and Model Y and is slated to produce the forthcoming Telsa Pick-Up which has been pushed back to 2022 at the earliest.

    Tesla’s plant in Sparks, Nevada (Near Reno) is largely a battery factory with production of batteries for Tesla cars as well as its Powerwall home-storage battery. The Sparks plant is also a motors factory, producing the electric motors that power Tesla vehicles. The Tesla Semi (delayed but due soon) is also expected to be built at the Nevada plant.

    Another Gigafactory is located in New York state, in the city of Buffalo. This concentrates on assembly of solar cells and modules as well as the superchargers that allow Tesla vehicles to be charged quickly in the field.

    The factory under construction in the USA now is located at Austin, Texas and will be used to built the Model 3, Model Y and the Pick-Up. The new factory in Berlin, meanwhile, is very close to completion and will initially be used to build the Model Y.

    Tesla has always been a brand surrounded by rumours, and these days, these seem to involve a second Chinese plant. The company has also established an Indian business unit, suggesting that a gigafactory on the sub-continent might also emerge.

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Tesla MODEL Y Accessories

Standard items on the base Model Y include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 15-inch multimedia touchscreen with always-online connectivity, built-in navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity. There are also two wireless charging bays, heated seats all-around, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.

Tesla MODEL Y Speed

The base Model Y Rear-Drive can sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds, while the top-spec Performance will complete the sprint in just 3.7 seconds.

Tesla MODEL Y Wheel Size

The Tesla MODEL Y has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x45 R19 1 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 255x45 R19 1 255x45 R19 1
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Tesla MODEL Y Fuel Consumption

The Tesla MODEL Y is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric fuel type(s).

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
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