Tesla prepares launch of a less expensive Mannequin Y electrical SUV

Tesla is outwardly getting ready to launch a less expensive model of the Mannequin Y electrical SUV, in line with an replace to its on-line configurator.

In 2022, Tesla’s car lineup remained primarily unchanged in North America.

It’s anticipated to shake up a bit in 2023, particularly with the brand new federal tax credit score for electrical autos probably incentivizing some adjustments.

For instance, outdoors of North America, Tesla sells a less expensive rear-wheel-drive and shorter-range model of the Mannequin Y. It’s an especially in style possibility, however the automaker has refused to introduce it – or at the very least maintain it – for the North American market.

Tesla really briefly supplied the cheaper Mannequin Y in North America in 2021, but it surely eliminated the choice from the configurator with CEO Elon Musk saying that he didn’t just like the shorter vary. Nevertheless, Tesla continued promoting the car in Europe and Asia.

In North America, Tesla additionally supplied the Mannequin Y with 4680 cells constructed at Gigafactory Texas. The car nonetheless had a twin motor all-wheel-drive powertrain, however the brand new battery pack resulted in 279 miles (449 km) of vary.

Compared, the present long-range Mannequin Y has 330 miles of EPA-rated vary.

Nevertheless, this model of the Mannequin Y has by no means appeared in Tesla’s Mannequin Y configurator because it was solely supplied to Tesla workers or as a direct provide to some clients who had ordered a Mannequin Y.

Now a number of Tesla configurator code trackers are reporting that the automaker has added a brand new configuration of the Mannequin Y within the backend that appears to match this Mannequin Y AWD with 4680 cells.

The brand new Mannequin Y is listed at $61,990, which can also be the value that Tesla used to supply the Mannequin Y with 4680 cells. It’s additionally listed as a twin motor AWD model.

For now, the car is just within the supply code of the configurator and may’t be chosen by consumers.

The brand new car seems within the code simply as Tesla confirmed that it’s now producing sufficient 4680 battery cells to construct over 1,000 Mannequin Y autos per week.

Electrek’s Take

As we reported final week, the replace from the US Treasury in regards to the autos eligible for the brand new $7,500 federal credit score has raised some questions on what it takes to be thought-about an SUV and have the $80,000 MSRP restrict on an EV mannequin to get the credit score.

The Mannequin Y solely will get the restrict with the seven-seat configuration and based mostly on different fashions getting and never getting the restrict, it might must do with the gross car weight.

Tesla might need to alter just a few issues to ensure its consumers can make the most of the credit score on the Mannequin Y.

However both means, Tesla wants a less expensive model of the Mannequin Y to promote in North America. Now this one isn’t less expensive, but it surely’s a begin.

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