Almost two and a half years after the presentation, which took place at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne in California, the Tesla Model Y arrives on the Italian market. From Thursday 19 August, in fact, the smallest SUV of the Californian company can be seen in real life in the Tesla store in Milan, in Piazza Gae Aulenti. Then, in the coming weeks, it will also arrive in other Italian stores: in Padua from August 20, in Rome from August 24, in Milan Linate from August 26, in Bologna from August 27, in Turin from August 28, in Brescia from August 30 and in Bolzano from 1 September. The Model Y arrives with some delay in Europe and even more on the Italian market, given that in the United States it has been on sale since the beginning of 2020. A choice that last year helped to bring Tesla to the threshold of 500,000 cars sold . The Tesla Model Y is available in two versions, the Long Range and the Performance.
The first starts at 60,990 euros, while for the second you have to spend 8,000 euros more, but also wait for the beginning of 2022, because the first availability and deliveries concern the less powerful version. But it is still an all-wheel drive car that has 351 hp, sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 5 seconds and reaches 217 km / h. All this with a range of 507 km, while the Performance stops at 480 km. In return, thanks to its 462 hp, it can reach 241 km / h with a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds. In the numerical and performance comparison with the Model 3 it is always the loser – the autonomy is about 100 km lower – but it is a foregone conclusion considering the larger dimensions. The Model Y, in fact, is longer than 6 cm (475 cm total), wider than 7 cm and higher than 18 cm, so that the weight reaches two tons. However, the space on board is greater, as evidenced by the minimum 600 liters of the trunk and the possibility of having the third row of seats to get to 7 seats.
In short, the interior is very spacious and this feeling is amplified by the panoramic glass roof. Like Model 3, Model Y also requires no keys, but connects to the user’s smartphone to get in and out of the vehicle. The infotainment system (in which all the car’s controls are integrated) uses the same 15-inch touch display as the sedan. Of course there is also the connection with the Tesla app which unlocks functions such as remote unlocking and pre-conditioning, location detection and speed limit mode. As for the famous (and discussed) Autopilot, in addition to the standard configuration there are two upgrades that cost respectively 3,800 and 7,500 euros. The first adds lane change and automatic parking, integration with the navigator and the Summon mode, which gets the car out of the parking lot without the need for a driver. The second includes the management of stops and traffic lights and the provision for level 3 autonomous driving, which however is not yet legal in Italy.