With the Tesla Model Y plane set to hit the road next summer, we're seeing more and more prototypes out and about. Most of these observations are around Palo Alto in California, Tesla's headquarters, though we've seen the car as far away as Washington and Michigan.
Thanks to Tesla's kicking feature, we now have three minutes of video of the Model Y driving in San Jose. Better yet, most of the powertrain is side by side with the Model 3, which demonstrates an excellent comparison between the two vehicles.
Tesla driving on roads in San Jose is not a rare occurrence. The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the highest Tesla ownership rates in the world. As mentioned in our first landmark post on Dashcam Model Y, now that Tesla's software has come out, there are plenty of constantly running camcorders moving around the Bay Area ready to capture new prototype observations.
So we were required to see a Tesla prototype running up to the current Tesla vehicle and recorded by Tesla, sooner or later.
Today's video comes courtesy of kenken380, who recorded it on October 25th in 1
prototype with the new Power Sports wheels we've seen on the road before.
Although I've seen this prototype before and have good photos of it, we haven't seen it drive up to Model 3. We've seen them parked side by side with the Model Y open hatch, but in this working video, good comparison of the size of the two cars on the road.
E Better than that, the Model Y goes past several other cars, including the BMW X5, Mazda SUV, several sedans, a Ford truck and a Jeep Commander. Here is a library of screenshots showing a few of these comparisons at times when the cars are close to each other:
This is the best comparison we've ever received on a car with other vehicles, and the Model Y looks surprisingly taller by
Due to the camera's perspective and varied road height, we can't get an exact measurement of what size the Model Y is, but compared to these other cars it looks significantly taller than the Model 3 and slightly shorter than the BMW and Mazda. It's hard to compare it to a jeep, since the road is on a sloping turn as they both cross each other, making the Model Y look taller.
While the Model Y is expected to be similar in size to the Model 3 and built on the same platform with a similar starting price, these pictures suggest that it will be much higher. This should be good news for people who want a larger vehicle, like the Model 3, but not as massive (or expensive) as the Model X.
The Model Y was introduced in March and was originally planned to be Delivered next fall, After the stellar results of Tesla Q3, the company announced that it was pushing for production and was planning to drive the car by summer 2020.
Given all the observations we've seen from the Model Y test on the road lately, it seems as a realistic goal.
In the months before Model 3 came out, he was spotted walking around the Bay area quite often, starting about a year before production. If the Model Y is on a similar schedule, it should hit the road in the summer / fall of 2020.
However, for the first six months or more, there were very few Model 3s delivered largely to Tesla employees. The first external customer deliveries started just before the end of the year that was ours when we became ours.
What do you think of this new observation of the Model Y? Does it look like the size you expected? Are you more or less likely to consider it at this larger apparent size? Let us know in the comments below.
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