Tesla has the sort of warmth most manufacturers can solely dream of – regardless of the odd questionable Tweet from its founder – and it is the dominant electrical automobile producer globally proper now.
In truth, in Australia, Tesla has delivered about 10,000 examples of the Model 3 this yr alone. That’s an identical variety of registrations Toyota has recorded for its Camry in the similar interval. It additionally places the Model 3 approach out in entrance as Australia’s finest-promoting EV by an enormous margin.
If you’re in the marketplace for an EV proper now in Australia, there is an honest probability you’re a minimum of contemplating a Tesla.
At the second you’ll be able to’t get into the larger-finish Model S sedan or Model X SUV as a result of Tesla is busy re-tooling its Californian manufacturing facility for the up to date variations. Deliveries are anticipated to begin again up sooner or later subsequent yr.
You can, nonetheless, get right into a Model 3 from the Shanghai manufacturing facility pretty shortly, regardless of the pandemic-associated delays impacting most automobile producers globally.
As CarsGuide reported, the approximate wait time for an entry-stage Model 3 is about eight-to-12 weeks, nevertheless it was as brief as two-to-5 weeks final month.
The Model Y SUV is nonetheless not formally on sale in Australia but, however deliveries are anticipated to begin early-ish in 2022.
There’s a superb probability patrons will probably be tossing up between the Model 3 and Model Y as a result of they’re basically the similar automobile beneath. You might describe the Model Y as an SUV model of the Model 3.
So what are the variations between the two fashions? I’m glad you requested…
Aside from the apparent difference in experience top and the SUV proportions of the Model Y, there’s no mistaking the truth these two are siblings. In truth, they share about 75 per cent of their elements.
The fundamentals of the entrance-finish design are the similar, with the stubby nostril, closed-off grille, entrance apron and headlights matching, in addition to the swept-up beltline, significantly behind the C-pillar.
While the tail-lights are basically similar too, the Teslas differ from the A-pillar again. Because it is a liftback, the Model Y roofline slopes down extra dramatically at the rear and the 3 has a sedan boot.
The 3 sits decrease to the floor and appears like a smooth coupe-impressed sedan, whereas the Y is taller and appears unmistakably like an SUV, albeit with out the egg-like form of the bigger Model X.
The Model Y additional differentiates itself from the 3 relating to dimensions.
The Y is 56mm longer, the wheelbase is 16mm longer, it’s 41mm wider and 183mm taller than the Model 3.
Naturally the SUV has extra floor clearance – 167mm compared with 140mm.
Powertrain and driving vary
The two fashions share a platform and powertrains. There are three Model 3 variants with totally different driving vary and efficiency capabilities provided in Australia. However, at this stage, simply two Model Y variants have been confirmed.
Note that Tesla doesn’t present battery capability figures so all we’ve got to match is the driving vary.
The entry grade Model 3 is now simply known as Rear-Wheel Drive and it has one motor and a normal vary battery that can will let you drive for 491km (on the WLTP cycle) earlier than requiring a cost. It weighs in at 1760kg.
Next up is the mid-grade Model 3, the Long Range AWD. As the title suggests, it is all-wheel drive with two motors – one on every axle. Driving vary is 614km and it weighs 1844kg.
The Model Y Long Range AWD is believed to have an estimated driving vary of 542km, which is fairly a bit lower than the equal Model 3. The additional 150kg of weight on the SUV clearly has an influence on vary.
Flagship Performance variants of the Model 3 are twin motor all-wheel drive, weigh the similar as the Long Range AWD (1844kg) and have a 567km vary.
The Model Y Performance carries the similar 1997kg weight as the Long Range AWD and has a 528km estimated vary.
Teslas are recognized for his or her straight-line efficiency and the Model 3 and Model Y are unlikely to disappoint on that entrance.
The Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive can sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Long Range AWD variations of the Model 3 and Model Y cowl that distance in 4.4 and 5.0 seconds respectively.
The Performance races from standstill to 100km/h in 3.3s for the 3 and 3.7s for the Y.
Interior and boot house
Both fashions seat 5 occupants and whereas the Model Y is provided in some markets with seven seats, it received’t be provided with a 3rd row in Australia from launch.
The Model Y is larger in each inside dimension than the Model 3 – besides entrance legroom, however the difference is negligible.
It’s tough to distinguish the two relating to inside design and format. They each characteristic the massive 15-inch panorama touchscreen that homes the majority of car features and they share the extremely-minimalist sprint and console format.
Cargo house is the place the Model Y actually has an edge. Including frunk (entrance trunk) house, the Model 3 can take a complete of 649 litres, however the Model Y can swallow 2158L. One of the key causes for this is the Model Y has folding rear seats, whereas the Model 3 doesn’t.
Both fashions come commonplace with Tesla’s Autopilot driver help suite and they share quite a lot of consolation features.
They each get energy adjustable entrance seats, heated entrance and rear seats, heated steering wheel, energy folding and heated exterior mirrors, a 14-speaker audio system, LED fog lights, tinted glass roof, centre console with 4 USB ports and wi-fi charging for 2 units.
Pricing for the Model 3 ranges from $59,990 earlier than on-street prices for the Rear-Wheel Drive, to $73,400 for the Long Range AWD and topping out at $84,900 for the Performance.
Tesla is but to announce Australian pricing for the Model Y however anticipate it to hold a premium over the Model 3 of anyplace between $5000 and $10,000.