Over the past five years, Elon Musk has driven his Tesla brand from newcomer to an almost Worldwide trendsetter. In fact, many thank Musk and his all electric vision for the seeming surge in global electric vehicle production. However, Musk and his colleagues are not the types for resting on their laurels. No, instead, they’re planning a further expansion of their vehicle range, which will include two new cars. One being the Falcon Winged Doored Tesla Model Y.

Tesla Model Y
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Unofficial Tesla Model Y Renders

Right now, the only official new vehicle launch talked about by Tesla is the Model 3. However, rumors continue to circle about the Model Y, a vehicle which will supposedly be manufactured using the same platform as the 3.

Expected to be a compact SUV the Model Y or whatever it may be called hasn’t even got an unveil date. But, Musk has been making certain comments which make us believe it could be soon! Now, this may seem like a contradiction, but Musk has said that beyond the Model 3. The company’s next car will feature Falcon Wing’ doors like the Model X had, Whether you believe this will be the Model Y or not is unimportant. However, whether you think using Falcon Winged Doors is necessary should be important to Tesla. Many people who test drove the X didn’t like them, with one such person saying:

“Good design is a simple design, Falcon Wings, represent technological innovation, but ultimately they are over designed and impractical.”

Tesla Model Y
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Design and Features

As you know a car’s doors are a small part of its all over makeup. As such they should not dominate a purchasing decision. However, for the majority its looks/design and features that make up the majority of a decision. According to those who suggest they know, the Tesla Model Y will have similar design and features as the 3.

Now, if you look above, the new render of the Tesla Model Y, you have to agree its gorgeous? However, it has been created by the dedicated car publication Autocar. So, it may not bear any resemblance to the real thing once launched.

In the not so distant past, Musk promised that his next line of vehicles would get updated electrical architecture. Meaning that the drive towards a fully autonomous driving experience is on, which is exciting. Along with this and to aid safety, up to eight cameras could be included, combined its thought that a 360-degree view will be provided.

In addition to the above, as many as 12 ultrasonic sensors and a new (currently under wraps) forward-facing radar system will be installed. Apparently, Telsa is listening to those who have doubts about the existing system! Finally, how about a super computer in your Model Y?That’s what Musk has said could feature in future vehicles, in fact, he has suggested that this equipment will be up to 40-times more capable when compared to the brains of earlier Teslas.

Cost and Sales

As you would expect for a premium next generation road car, you expect to pay heavily for the experience. However, unlike performance, muscle, or super cars Tesla’s can be had for a fraction of the price. Like the Model 3, the Tesla Model Y is expected to sell for somewhere in the region of $37,000 USD.

But, Elon Musk, considers that price to be for the no-frills standard vehicle on the road. Instead, he thinks the average cost will be higher $41,000 for the 3 and as high as $45,00 for the Y. Why? Because, when you reach these price points buyers often don’t think twice about including optional extras.

The Model Y will be an important part of Tesla’s future expansion plans. However, while the official existence of the car is still under wraps, it believes the popularity of its next vehicle will propel production from 80,000 in 2016 to 500,000 in 2018 and 1 million by 2020.

Musk has gone as far as to make a bold prediction; he believes the Y will sell between 500,000 to 1 million per year.

When Will It Launch?

The exact details are not known; however, it’s thought 2017 is unlikely as the Model 3 is the focus for Tesla at the moment. Another reason to rule out this year would be due to the over stretching of Tesla‘s supply chain and financial constraints. So, with those three factors in mind, the Tesla Model Y is likely to be unveiled in 2018 with a production likely to take place later in the year.