Earlier this year, Tesla announced that they’ll be officially entering Indian market and we also started seeing test mules of Tesla Model 3 and Model Y on our roads. Tesla is expected to offer two models in Indian market initially and Model 3 will be the entry level offering while the Model Y which is a crossover will be slightly more expensive. Last week, A Model Y crossover was spotted testing in Ahmedabad and now pictures of the same Model Y have surfaced online once again. This time around the SUV was spotted testing in the mountain roads of Himachal Pradesh.
The Model Y is basically a crossover version of Model 3. Both the models share several components. Minor design changes and raised height of the car gives it a crossover look. The crossover comes with dual Motor one at the front axle and one at the rear. This makes it an AWD SUV. The dual Motor badging can be seen at the rear of the car. As the SUV has been spotted in Himachal Pradesh, it looks like the manufacturer is carrying out high altitude testing on the Tesla Model Y.
The Model Y is available in two variants. There is a Performance and a long range variant. The Long range variant will offer a driving range of 524 kms and has a top speed of 217 kmph. It can do a 0-100 kmph sprint in just 4.8 seconds. The Performance variant can hot 0-100 kmph in 3.5 seconds and has a driving range of 487 kms. The top speed of this variant is 250 kmph.
The Model Y long range variant will be offered with 18 inch alloy wheels we are not sure whether we would be getting the option to upgrade the wheels in India. The Performance variant gets 21 inch alloy wheels and other upgrades. It will offer better braking, lowered suspension in comparison to the long range variant.
Coming to the interiors, Tesla Model Y is offered with an all-black interior. A option to customise the interior is offered with Model Y. Like any other Tesla, the cabin gets a minimalistic design most of the functions inside the car are controlled using the large 15 inch touchscreen that sits in the center of the dashboard. The Model Y will be offered in both 5 and 7 seater options. The performance variant is offered with 5 seats only.
Tesla as mentioned above will be launching both Model 3 and Model Y in the Indian market. Model 3 will be launched first. Testing was being carried out on the Model 3 but, due to low ground clearance the launch of the entry level sedan has been delayed. They are adjusting the ground clearance on the sedan for Indian road conditions and will be launching the same after that.
Tesla will be selling both these models in India as CBUs and that means these are not going to be cheap. The Model 3 is expected to be priced at around Rs 40-60 lakh due to high import duties and the Model Y crossover that has been spotted testing will be expensive than this.