Tesla launches its first compact SUV, the Model Y

Tesla Model Y
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Tesla has launched its first compact SUV, the Model Y. Prices for the new vehicle will start at $39,000 (about £29,000 / AU$55,000) for the standard-range version – while long-range, dual-motor all-wheel drive, and performance versions will also be available.

The Tesla Model Y seats seven, and features a panoramic glass roof, front trunk, and split-folding second-row seats. Keyless entry will allow you to unlock the car with a mobile app, and the car's infotainment system is controlled via a single 15-inch touchscreen on the dash.

Tesla claims the Model Y will go from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 150mph. The standard battery will be able to travel 230 miles on a single charge, while the long-range version will keep going for 300, making it a practical option for driving away from urban centers.

Tesla expects to receive deliveries of the higher-end models (long-range, dual-motor all-wheel drive, and performance) in the third quarter of 2020, and the standard-range version is expected to arrive in early 2021.

Juiced up

Earlier this month, Tesla unveiled its third-generation Supercharger at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The Supercharger 3.0 promises to slash charging times in half, and takes just five minutes juice up a Tesla Model 3 long-range with enough power to travel 75 miles. 

The company hasn't given details of how long it will take to charge the Model Y for long journeys, but we expect to see them spreading throughout the US (and possibly beyond) by the time the new SUV hits the streets.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)