Tesla has finally opened up orders for the Model Y in Australia, with demo Model Y's available for viewing in every Australian show room
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the Tesla Model Y electric SUV has – finally gone on sale in Australia. The entry level Standard Range RWD starts from $68,900 while the Performance starts from $93,900 (of course plus on road costs and any optional extras).
Despite the Model Y having been on sale in America since 2020, Australians have had to wait quite some time. And whilst orders have opened up, deliveries will see Tesla fans wait a little bit more before they get their hands on their new Model Y. Current delivery dates for the Model Y have quickly blown out to May 2023. This is likely due to the large spike in initial orders, coupled with the demand for the Model Y globally.
Based very similarly on the Model 3, the Model Y differs in that it is taller in height, offers more headroom for front and rear passengers and the boot has a full hatch style opening, allowing for larger objects to be put into the vehicle. The boot space (front and rear) are all significantly larger and the seat heights are also higher, making it easier for getting in and out of the vehicle. The RWD Model Y claims a driving range of 455km (WLTP), via a single rear motor producing 255kW of power. This is just slightly more than the Model 3. Acceleration is slightly reduced with 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.
Unfortunately there is no seven-seater option available (yet), nor the Long Range model. This was similar with the initial launch of the Model 3, where the long range model wasn't available at the initial launch. We are expecting (and hopeful) that the Long Range Model Y will become available later this year or early next year.
Judging by the hundreds (if not thousands) of posts on the various Telsa facebook groups, we will likely soon see a flood of Model Y's getting around on Australian roads.