Tesla has finally launched the most-awaited and most affordable Rear-Wheel Drive Tesla Model Y variant. Along with that, Tesla has also started taking orders for the 3rd-row 7 seat interior option (leaked pics below).
Model Y Standard Range RWD
Tesla Model Y RWD Standard Range is offered for $41,990 which is $8k lower than the Long Range AWD variant. It is only $4,000 more expensive than the Model 3 Standard Range Plus ($37,990).
With an estimated EPA range of 244 miles (393 km), Tesla Model Y RWD Standard Range is still better than most electric SUVs out there like the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar i-Pace.
However, Tesla Model 3 SR+ has an added 19 miles (~31 km) of extra range when compared to the Model Y SR RWD (263 vs. 244 miles respectively). Let’s compare some basic specs of both the base variants of the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3 estimate the pros and cons of choosing either of the body types.
|Tesla Model Y Standard Range (RWD)||Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (RWD)|
|Range||244 miles (393 km)||263 miles (423 km)|
|Top Speed||135 mph (217 km/h)||140 mph (225 km/h)|
|Towing capacity||3,500 lbs (1,588 kg)||2,200 lbs (1,000 kg)*|
|Wheels||19″Gemeni (included) / |
20″ Induction ($2,000)
|18″Aero (included) / |
19″ Sport ($1,500)
|Seating Capacity||5 person / 7 person with 3rd-row option ($3,000)||5 person|
|Cargo capacity (rear seats down)||68 cu ft||43.6 cu ft**|
Model Y Third-Row / 7 Seat Interior
Although the Model Y 3rd-row option is unlocked in Tesla’s configurator, the automaker did not share any images of the interior option. Model Y 3rd-row interior is available for an extra $3,000. Tesla car configurator lists the following options when the 3rd-row option is selected:
- Third-row seating for two
- Easy Entry into the third row
- Third-row USB-C charging
- Sliding second row with adjustable seatbacks
- Fold-flat second and third rows for maximum cargo storage
- Electronic fold-flat releases in the trunk
The delivery timeline displayed on the Tesla website for both the 5 and 7 seat interior options is 2-5 weeks. This indicates that the Tesla Fremont factory is fully ready to output some serious 7 seat interior Model Y numbers starting this quarter.
Rob Maurer of the Tesla Daily podcast received some leaked Tesla Model Y 7 seat interior photos from an unknown source and he shared them in the following video.
Although Tesla & Elon Musk has always been saying that the 3rd-row can seat two persons but looking at the above photo, these are best suited for children or pets. The following photo shows reasonable cargo space even when the 3rd-row seat is still up.
Tesla has released an official photo of the 3rd-row Model Y seat via the company’s Twitter account.
A couple of more photos can be seen in Rob’s video below that show the retractable headrests of the 3rd-row seats, 3rd and 2nd row folded down for cargo space, and the 2nd-row pushed forward for entry to the 3rd-row.