Tesla Model Y Electric SUV spied testing on Indian roads

Tesla is working on entering the Indian market. They were testing the Model 3 on our Indian roads for homologation. However, now the Model Y which is an electric SUV based on the Model 3 has been spotted on Indian roads. Electric vehicles are slowly getting popular in our country and SUVs sales are already strong throughout the world. So, it makes sense for Tesla to not only bring the Model 3 in India but also the Model Y.


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The Model Y that was spotted was not camouflaged. It was in the same blue colour in which the Model 3 was spotted. We can see from the video that the Model Y was a right-hand drive vehicle. It was also using red number plates. The Model Y looks very similar to the Model 3.

The manufacturer is already registered in India as Tesla India Motors And Energy Private Limited. They have set up their head office in Bangalore, Karnataka. They have also decided that they will be setting up dealerships in big metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Tesla Model Y Electric SUV spied testing on Indian roads

Model 3 and Model Y

Both the vehicles are based on the same platform. The Model 3 is a four-door sedan whereas the Model Y is a crossover SUV. They share 75 percent parts with each other. The exterior styling is almost identical. The Model Y is more expensive than the Model 3 because it is an SUV and is larger. It is 2 inches longer, 2 inches wider and 7 inches taller than the Model 3.

Model Y is a larger vehicle, the occupants would be more comfortable in it. Also, you can get the Model Y as a 5-seater or a 7-seater. To provide a SUV like seating position to the occupants, the seats are mounted higher. Model Y also comes with LED fog lamps, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a flat-folding third row. The rest of the cabin is the same as the Model 3.

Tesla Model Y Electric SUV spied testing on Indian roads

Because Model Y is a heavier and taller vehicle, it is not as aerodynamic as the Model 3. Due to this, it has a driving range of 524 km whereas Model 3 has a driving range of 568 km. The top speed and acceleration times of the Model Y are also not as good as the Model 3 because of this. However, Model Y is more practical because of its space and size.

Model Y

The Model Y comes with an all-wheel drive. So, there are motors in the front as well as the rear. The SUV can hit 100 kmph in 3.5 seconds. This is quite commendable for a SUV of this size and weight. The Model Y weighs around 2 tonnes. You can get a Long Range and a Performance variant.

Tesla Model Y Electric SUV spied testing on Indian roads

The Long Range variant has a top speed of 217 kmph and a 0 to 100 kmph time of 4.8 seconds. The range of the Long Range variant will be 524 km. The Performance variant has a top speed of 250 kmph and it can hit a ton in just 3.5 seconds. It has a driving range of 487 km.