2023 Tesla Model Y price and specs, delivery times confirmed

Tesla’s hotly-anticipated Model Y SUV has finally been priced for Australia.

The electric SUV will kick off at $68,900 before on-road costs for the rear-wheel drive model, simply called Model Y, while the Model Y Performance will set you back $98,689 before on-roads.

There’s no all-wheel drive Long Range model on offer in Australia at launch.

Deliveries are expected to start between August and November, led by the rear-wheel drive model. The Tesla Australia configurator simply shows “late 2022” as an expected delivery date for the Performance.

The starting price is $5000 higher than that of the related Model 3 sedan, and $4000 more than the Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor. It’s $1000 more expensive than the Kia EV6 Air, but undercuts the Hyundai Ioniq 5 by $3000.

A tow hitch option is coming in 2023; it’ll need to be installed by Tesla when it arrives.

Price

  • 2023 Tesla Model Y: $68,900
  • 2023 Tesla Model Y Performance: $98,689

All prices exclude on-road costs, Model Y Performance price includes LCT.

Motors

Tesla doesn’t make power and torque figures readily available, and instead relies on 0-100km/h times and top speeds.

The base, single-motor rear-wheel drive Tesla Model Y has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds, while the dual-motor all-wheel drive Performance slashes this to 3.7 seconds.

According to the EV Database, the Performance produces 413kW of power and 660Nm of torque.

Top speed is 217km/h in the Model Y and 250km/h in the Model Y Performance.

Range

The base Tesla Model Y has a claimed 455km of range under the stricter WLTP test cycle, while the Performance has 514km of range.

The Performance uses an 82kWh battery, but Tesla hasn’t disclosed the base model’s battery capacity.

The related Model 3 entry model has a 62.3kWh battery pack and 239kW of power from its rear motor.

Dimensions

The Tesla Model Y measures 4751mm long, 1921mm wide and 1623mm tall, with a 2890mm wheelbase.

Claimed boot space is up to 2158 litres with the seats folded, or 854 litres to the roof and including the frunk with them in place.

The Model Y Long Range weighs 1909kg, the Performance weighs 1997kg.

Servicing and Warranty

The Tesla Model Y is backed by a four-year, 80,000km warranty in Australia, with the battery covered by an eight-year or 160,000km guarantee it won’t drop below 70 per cent of its original capacity.

Tesla recommends having the air-conditioning filters changed every two years, and checking the tyre tread, balance, and rotation every 20,000km.

Safety

The Tesla Model Y has yet to be assessed by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

While Tesla hasn’t released a full list of safety equipment for the Model Y, the Model 3 comes standard with the following equipment:

  • AEB with pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Intelligent speed limiter
  • Reversing camera
  • Parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring

Standard Equipment

The base Model Y will feature:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • All black interior
  • Five-seat interior
  • 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 12-way power adjustable front seats 
  • Heated front seats and outboard rear seats
  • Tinted glass roof 
  • HEPA air filtration

The base Performance adds:

  • 21-inch wheels
  • Performance brakes
  • Lowered suspension
  • Aluminium pedals

Options on both models include:

  • Full Self-Driving Capability ($10,100)
    • Navigate on Autopilot
    • Auto Lane Change
    • Autopark
    • Summon
    • Traffic light and stop sign recognition
  • Black and white interior ($1500)

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