Tesla Model Y

  • 2024 Tesla Model Y updates in Malaysia – privacy glass, full double glazing, HW4, no parcel shelf

    2024 Tesla Model Y updates in Malaysia – privacy glass, full double glazing, HW4, no parcel shelf

    A couple of weeks ago, we got a hold of the keys (or rather, the card) to the Tesla Model Y Performance, the first time we’ve seen the electric SUV in the final form that Malaysian customers will get. During our time with it, we noticed several details that were not present on either the launch cars or the Standard Range model we briefly drove.

    The most noticeable change was the addition of privacy glass, the rear side windows and windscreen being considerably darker than the rest of the windows. This seems to be linked to an unfortunate change for 2024 – the deletion of the rear parcel shelf, which would otherwise hide your belongings from prying eyes.

    This is a strange omission, as the parcel shelf was only added to Model Y production last year. Tesla’s rationale is that with the privacy glass, the rear windscreen is dark enough that passers by will not be able to see what’s in the boot without actually peering through the glass.

    2024 Tesla Model Y updates in Malaysia – privacy glass, full double glazing, HW4, no parcel shelf

    Double-glazed rear side windows were first seen on the Model 3 Highland

    Also related to the glass is the inclusion of full double glazing for the side windows, not just for the front; this was first introduced on the Model 3 “Highland” facelift last year and makes for less wind noise. Last but not least, the Model Y we drove sported the latest “Hardware 4” cameras for the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving feature.

    These can be picked out through the slightly larger camera modules on the front fenders and the tailgate, along with the distinctive red-tinted lenses. These provide higher-resolution imagery visible on the surround view monitor as well as a more true-to-life white balance, with less of the yellow tint seen on the 2023 cars. Unfortunately, the hardware change has also apparently resulted in the halving of RAM to 8 GB and storage to 128 GB, presumably to save costs.

    We should point out that the car we drove lack the updates introduced in China in October, which added some of the detail interior changes of the Model 3 Highland. These include visible, customisable ambient lighting and fabric instead of wood decor.

    The 2024 Model Y gets the latest Hardware 4 cameras but lacks a rear parcel shelf

    The updates tide the Model Y over for a fourth consecutive year without any major changes. It was widely anticipated that the SUV will be getting a facelift for 2024 – codenamed Project Juniper – following in the footsteps of the Model 3’s Project Highland revamp, but Tesla has already instructed dealers to communicate to customers that there will be no such refresh this year.

    Otherwise, the Model Y Performance is the same as before, capable of getting from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, hitting a top speed of 250 km/h and achieving a range of 514 km on the WLTP cycle. Performance-specific upgrades include 21-inch “Überturbine” wheels, a carbon fibre rear spoiler, bigger brakes and lowered suspension. It’s priced at RM289,700 excluding on-the-road registration fees, RM89,000 more than the base Standard Range.

    If you ordered the Model Y, you’ll have to wait a bit more to get your hands on your new car. Deliveries are only due to start in April, having been delayed from the Q1 timeline provided at the launch.

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y Juniper facelift – not in near future

    Tesla Model Y Juniper facelift – not in near future

    Tesla Model Y “Juniper” rendering by @lamiandesign

    The Tesla Model Y will not be given its rumoured ‘Juniper’ facelift in the United States, according to Clean Technica, nor in China, according to Car News China.

    The emergence of the ‘Highland’ facelift for the Model 3 led to speculation that an update of a comparable significance was also due for the Model Y, though internal communication from Tesla to its sales offices indicates that is not the case. An internal email reportedly wrote that the company is to “communicate transparently that there will not be a redesigned Model Y this year.”

    Tesla Model Y “Juniper” rendering by @lamiandesign

    While the Model Y had received minor updates for the China market in October last year, this revision is not to the extent of the ‘Highland’ facelift for the Model 3, which was launched in Malaysia also in October 2023.

    Updates brought to the October 2023 Model Y refresh in China include new ambient lighting integrated into the dashboard trim panel, a black finish for the 19-inch ‘Gemini’ wheels that is standard on the Malaysian-market RWD and Long Range versions (previously silver), and a quicker 0-100 km/h time, now 5.9 seconds for the base RWD version, or one second quicker than before.

    Tesla Model Y Juniper facelift – not in near future

    Tesla Model Y in Malaysia

    Launched in Malaysia from RM199k at the brand’s official arrival into the Malaysian market, the Tesla Model Y arrived locally in three forms – Standard Range RWD, Long Range AWD at RM246,000 and Performance AWD at RM288,000. The Standard Range offers up to 455 km of range, while the Long Range AWD and Performance AWD yield up to 533 km and 514 km, respectively.

    Deliveries of the Model Y have yet to start as of time of publishing but is expected to happen soon.

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y gets minor updates in China – interior ambient lighting, 5.9s 0-100 and black wheels for RWD

    Tesla Model Y gets minor updates in China – interior ambient lighting, 5.9s 0-100 and black wheels for RWD

    Some interesting news especially for those who have placed bookings for the Tesla Model Y in Malaysia. The Tesla Model Y has received a minor update in China.

    It’s not quite a big upgrade like what the Tesla Model 3 got with the ‘Highland’ facelift, which will only happen when it eventually is facelifted under the ‘Juniper’ codename.

    Tesla Model Y gets minor updates in China – interior ambient lighting, 5.9s 0-100 and black wheels for RWD

    Here are the changes for the October 2023 Model Y refresh:

    • New ambient lighting – the trim panels on the dashboard now get a strip of ambient lighting integrated into it. The colour of the lighting can be changed. It’s not the same as the Model 3, which has its ambient lighting strip integrated into the top of the dashboard, but nevertheless it should help with giving the Model Y interior abit of a more upmarket feel.
    • Black paint for the 19 Gemini wheels – these are the standard wheels for the RWD and LR specs in Malaysia. They were previously in silver but now black.
    • RWD model gets 5.9s 0-100km/h acceleration time – this was previously 6.9 seconds, so a 1 second acceleration boost is significantly faster. Just to give you an idea, the LR model’s paid acceleration boost feature only drops the acceleration time by 0.6 seconds, so 1 second is fast.

    Now the most important question is will our Malaysian market Tesla Model Y receive these upgrades by the time they’re delivered in 2024? Stay tuned for updates.

     
     
  • 2023 Tesla Model Y SR RWD quick review – Malaysia gets improved suspension, base RM199k model a steal

    2023 Tesla Model Y SR RWD quick review – Malaysia gets improved suspension, base RM199k model a steal

    The Tesla Model Y made its Malaysian debut last month, and since then, there has been no shortage of interest in the all-electric SUV, with droves of people going to the display at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (and at EVx 2023) to check the EV out. Gauging from that seen on social media posts, there have also been plenty of bookings for the car, of which first deliveries are set to begin here early next year.

    To recap, the Tesla Model Y is available here in three specification forms, these being a base Standard Range RWD, which goes for RM199,000; a mid-spec Long Range AWD, priced at RM246,000; and a range-topping Performance AWD, which retails for RM288,000.

    The SR RWD, which forms the basis of our review, features a single rear motor, which gets the car from zero to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 217 km/h. An LFP battery offers the RWD a maximum range of 455 km (WLTP cycle). As standard, it comes with 19-inch Gemini rims, but 20-inch Induction wheels are available as a RM10,000 option.

    Inside, it – like the other two variants – feature black vegan leather upholstery (which is upgradable to black and white for RM5,000), a panoramic glass roof with UV and infrared protection, a 15-inch central touchscreen display, a dual wireless charger and four USB Type-C ports. Other standard fit items include a 13-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer and two amplifiers and power-adjustable front seats.

    Our man Hafriz Shah had a quick go with the Tesla Model Y SR RWD in Malaysia, and you’ll find that he has quite a bit to say about the car, from noting that the suspension is softer and more comfortable than earlier Model Ys, to the performance of the basic AutoPilot (standard with base car), which he says is already good enough for full L2 and better than many other offerings.

    He also says that the glass roof is pretty usable without additional tint or aftermarket sunshade, and the anorak also notes that the current Model Y has a rear parcel shelf, something not found on older versions. But let’s not spoil all the fun – watch the video to find out what he thinks about the Tesla Model Y.

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    GALLERY: 2023 Tesla Model Y Standard Range RWD

     
     
  • 2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Tesla is now officially in Malaysia, the brand being launched earlier this morning at an event in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Its entry into the market is led by the Tesla Model Y, with the mid-sized SUV going on sale here in the three specification forms revealed via the online configurator last week.

    The three Tesla Model Y variants available for the Malaysian market are:

    • Tesla Model Y Standard Range RWD – RM199,000
    • Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000
    • Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

    The Standard Range RWD is covered by an eight-year/160,000 km battery and drive unit warranty, while the Long Range AWD and Performance AWD come with an eight-year/192,000 km battery and drive unit warranty, whichever comes first. All prices are inclusive of sales and service tax (SST), with 100% import/excise duties and road tax exemption. Online orders, with a non-refundable RM1,000 fee, began last week.

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    In addition, there are cost add-on options you can specify for the car:

    • Black, silver or blue paint – RM5,000
    • Red multi-coat paint – RM10,000
    • Black/white interior – RM5,000
    • 20-inch Induction wheel upgrade – RM10,000
    • Enhanced Autopilot – RM16,000
    • Full Self Driving – RM32,000

    Buyers will have the chance to get up close with all three Model Y versions physically, and for a good while at that, because they will be on display at the Centre Court, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from today until October 31.

    All three trims (Standard Range RWD, Long Range AWD and Performance AWD) will be on show from 10am to 10pm daily throughout the three month-plus duration of the showcase, for public viewing and ordering. The company added that the first deliveries of the Model Y to Malaysian customers will begin in early 2024.

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Designed and built as Tesla’s first mass-market electric SUV, the Model Y competes against the likes of the BMW iX1 and BMW iX3, Mercedes-Benz EQB, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. For the Malaysian market, the Model Y is only available as a two-row 5 seater at present.

    Tesla doesn’t officially reveal its battery kWh sizes, preferring to differentiate by range instead. As for charging times, the Model Y, operating at peak efficiency of 250 kW, can charge up to 120 km in just five minutes with a Tesla Supercharger. For the latter, the first of the 10 Supercharger stations planned so far for Malaysia, an eight-bay station located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, is set to begin operations in the near future. The network is ready, but is awaiting energy commission (ST) approval.

    Here’s a brief run-through of what you can expect to find on the Model Y variants on offer.

    Tesla Model Y Standard Range RWD – RM199,000

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Tesla Model Y – RWD (Gemini wheels)

    The entry-level Model Y in Malaysia is the Model Y Standard Range RWD. Power goes to the wheels via a single rear motor. The battery used is a LFP type battery, offering the car a maximum range of 455 km (WLTP cycle). Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.9 second and a 217 km/h top speed. As standard, the RWD comes equipped with 19-inch Gemini wheels, but 20-inch Induction wheels are available as a RM10,000 option.

    Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Tesla Model Y – Long Range AWD (Induction wheels)

    The Model Y Long Range AWD, which as its suffix suggests features two motors, one on each axle. The battery used on this one is a NMC type battery, and provides the variant with up to 533 km (WLTP) of travel range. It’s faster to the century mark from standstill at 5.0 seconds, but top speed is identical to the RWD at 217 km/h. Acceleration Boost, which drops the acceleration time to 4.5 seconds, is available as a cost option; it’s purchasable in the app after you get the car, not upon ordering.

    Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Tesla Model Y – Performance AWD (Uberturbine wheels)

    The top of the rang Model Y variant is the Performance AWD, which also uses a NMC type battery but sacrifices some range (up to 514 km, WLTP) for better performance. It can hit 100 km/h from nought in just 3.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 250 km/h. It comes equipped with 21-inch Uberturbine wheels, performance brakes, a carbon fibre spoiler, aluminum alloy pedals and a lowered suspension, among other things.

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Tesla Model Y – Black Interior

    2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

    Tesla Model Y – White Interior

    As standard, the Model Y comes with Basic Autopilot, but Enhanced Autopilot (which has navigate on Autopilot, auto lane change and autopark) is available as a RM16,000 cost add-on option.

    In terms of interior, all three variants get black vegan leather interior (upgradable to black and white for RM5,000), a panoramic glass roof with UV and infrared protection, a 15-inch central touchscreen display, a dual wireless charger and four USB Type-C ports.

    Also standard fit is a 13-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer and two amplifiers, power-adjustable front seats, heated front/rear seats, heated steering and an AC system featuring a HEPA filter system with Bioweapon Defence Mode. In terms of storage, it has a 854 litre rear boot and a 117 litre ‘frunk’ (under the bonnet, where the engine in a ICE vehicle would be).

    Five colours are available for the Tesla Model Y, and these are Solid Black, Pearl White Multi-Coat, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic and Red Multi-Coat. Pearl White is the only colour that is included in the Model Y’s price. Black, silver and blue will cost an extra RM5,000, while opting for red increases the spend by RM10,000.

    Incidentally, Tesla will also be present at the paultan.org Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx) 2023, which is happening this weekend from July 22-23 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC), so if you’re keen to check out the Model Y, head on over to the event.

    GALLERY: Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD

    GALLERY: Tesla Model Y Performance AWD

    GALLERY: Tesla Model Y

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    The moment every electric car enthusiast in Malaysia has been waiting for is here – the Tesla configurator for Malaysia has been activated. And with it, the pricing for the Tesla Model Y has been revealed ahead of the brand launch on July 20 2023.

    The Tesla Model Y is available in three specs. The following are the prices:

    • Tesla Model Y RWD – RM199,000
    • Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000
    • Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

    All prices above are inclusive of SST.

    In addition, these are the pricing for upgrades you can add on:

    • Black, silver or blue paint – RM5,000
    • Red multi-coat paint – RM10,000
    • Black/white interior – RM5,000
    • 20″ Induction wheel upgrade – RM10,000
    • Enhanced Autopilot – RM16,000
    • Full Self Driving – RM32,000

    You can order one now for a non-refundable RM1,000 fee. Estimated delivery is in early 2024.

    Tesla Model Y Buyer’s Guide

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    The Tesla Model Y is a compact SUV that competes with the likes of the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. In terms of other EV competitors, it goes against the BMW iX3 and the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

    Tesla doesn’t officially reveal battery kWh sizes, preferring to differentiate by range instead, thus we don’t have very clear answers on what the Model Y’s battery size is between models. What we do know is it uses a 400V electrical architecture.

    Tesla Model Y RWD – RM199,000

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Tesla Model Y – RWD (Gemini wheels)

    The most affordable Model Y in Malaysia is the Model Y Standard Range RWD. Power goes to the ground through a single rear motor. The battery used is a LFP type battery. Max range is claimed to be 455 km (WLTP). The 100 km/h sprint can be done in 6.9 seconds. The top speed for the RWD is 217 km/h. It comes with 19 inch Gemini wheels, but you’re allowed to upgrade to 20 inch Induction wheels for RM10,000.

    Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Tesla Model Y – Long Range AWD (Induction wheels)

    Next step up is the Model Y Long Range AWD. The 100 km/h sprint can be done in 5.0 seconds, on to a top speed of 217 km/h. Max range is 533 km (WLTP). The battery used is a NMC type battery. The wheels option is the same as the Model Y RWD, which is 19 inch upgradable to 20 inch. Acceleration Boost is available for purchase, which will drop the 5.0 seconds acceleration time to 4.5 seconds. We don’t have pricing for Acceleration Boost in Malaysia as it’s purchasable in the app after you get the car, not upon ordering.

    Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Tesla Model Y – Performance AWD (Uberturbine wheels)

    The top of the range is the Tesla Model Y Performance AWD, which is the most expensive Tesla you can buy in Malaysia right now. It can hit 100 km/h in a blistering quick 3.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 250 km/h. Range is 514 km (WLTP). The battery used is a NMC type battery. It also gets 21 inch Uberturbine wheels, performance brakes, a carbon fiber spoiler, aluminum alloy pedal and a lowered suspension.

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Tesla Model Y – Black Interior

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Tesla Model Y – White Interior

    In terms of interior, all three variants get black vegan leather interior (upgradable to black and white for RM5,000), panoramic glass roof, a 15 inch centre touch display, a dual wireless charger and 4 x USB C ports, a 13 speaker premium audio system with 1 sub and 2 amps, power adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, heated steering, and the AC has a HEPA filter system with Bioweapon Defence Mode.

    In terms of storage, it has a 854 litre rear boot and a 117 litre ‘frunk’ (under the bonnet where the engine would be).

    Here’s a recap of the pricing:

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Five colours are available for the Tesla Model Y – Solid Black, Pearl White Multi-Coat, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic and Red Multi-Coat. Pearl White is the only colour that is included in the Model Y’s price. Black, silver and blue have a surcharge of RM5,000, while red is the most expensive colour with a RM10,000 surcharge.

    For the Malaysian market, the Model Y is only available as a two row 5 seater for now. In some countries, there is a three row 7 seater upgrade option. In terms of safety, the Tesla Model Y is one of the safest SUVs in the world with perfect 5-star rating from both NHTSA and Euro NCAP.

    What is the size difference between Model 3 and Model Y?

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Is the Model Y just a jacked up Model 3 with a taller roof? Many might assume so but the Model Y is actually quite a bit bigger than the Model 3, as you can see from the table above. It is 72 mm wider, 181 mm taller, and 57 mm longer. Wheelbase is just a little longer at 15 mm.

    What is the size difference between Model Y and X3/GLC?

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    From the dimension comparison we can see that the Model Y, BMW X3 and GLC have similar lengths and wheelbases, but there are slight differences in width and height. The BMW X3 is the tallest among the three, while the Tesla Model Y is the widest.

    Can a Tesla really drive itself? Will it work in Malaysia?

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    All Tesla cars include Autopilot, which allows it to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. There’s also other driver assistance features such as emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring.

    You can pay RM16,000 to upgrade to Enhanced Autopilot which adds Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Autopark and Smart Summon which is supposed to allow your parked car to come find you anywhere in a parking lot by navigating complex parking situations. It’s not known if Smart Summon will work in Malaysia.

    Of course the actual “self driving” is a package called Full Self-Driving or FSD, which is currently in Beta. You will have to pay RM32,000 for this. In its current form, everything still requires active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. FSD will continue to evolve and be upgraded through over-the-air software updates. For it to become truly autonomous, it will still require regulatory approval.

    Other Tesla features

    There’s also Sentry mode, which uses the cameras around the vehicle as a dashcam, so there’s pretty much no need to buy a dashcam when you have a Tesla.

    You also get the Tesla Mobile app (now available in Malaysian app store), which allows you to remotely control and monitor your Tesla with Phone Key keyless driving, range & charging status, climate control, live GPS location and more.

    Tesla Warranty in Malaysia

    Tesla cars are covered by a Basic Vehicle Warranty which is 4 years or 80,000 km, whichever comes first.

    Then there is also a Battery & Drive Unit Warranty which covers the is much longer. For the RWD model, it is covered for 8 years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first, with minimum 70% retention of battery capacity over the warranty period. For the LR AWD and Performance AWD models, it is covered for 8 years or 192,000 km, whichever comes first.

    How to order a Tesla in Malaysia?

    Tesla Model Y priced from RM199,000 on Tesla Malaysia configurator – book now with RM1,000 fee

    Just head onto the Tesla Malaysia configurator, choose which model you want as well as any options and click continue to payment. What’s due today will only be a deposit payable through your card, though do note it is non-refundable. Estimated deliveries will start in early 2024.

    Other than the base vehicle price and options you add on above, for total costs you’ll have to account for a RM500 delivery & admin fee, a RM200 number plate fee, and the RM1,000 non-refundable order fee. As you can see above, my “dream Model Y” with red paint and black and white interior comes up to RM303k, then with the misc fees it becomes RM304.7k.

    For hire purchase financing, there’s a built in calculator as well, and AmBank as well as Maybank has been linked as reference. Tesla provides a 2.35-2.4% flat interest rate estimate. For the Model Y above with a 10% downpayment, they quoted me a RM5,079 per month estimated monthly installment for 5 years and RM3,786 per month for a 7 year loan.

    Are Tesla cars tax-free in Malaysia?

    At the moment, buyers will enjoy full import and excise duties exemption for newly registered CBU Tesla EVs along with 100% road tax exemption. The prices still include SST, which is only exempted for CKD EVs like the Volvo XC40 BEV, C40 BEV and Mercedes-Benz EQS at the moment.

    Tesla owners may also claim individual income tax relief of up to RM2,500 on expenses related to the cost of installation, rental, purchase, including hire-purchase equipment or subscription fees for EV charging facilities, for the assessment year of 2023.

    When will the Tesla Model 3 be launched?

    No word on that at the moment, so sedan fans will have to wait. We’re speculating that this may be something to do with the fact that “Project Highland” which is an update to the Tesla Model 3 is coming soon.

    In any case we think there will be plenty who will take up the Model Y given that the market is trending towards SUVs and the Model Y was the world’s best selling car in Q1 2023.

    GALLERY: Tesla Model Y

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y in Malaysia – now priced from RM346k

    Tesla Model Y in Malaysia – now priced from RM346k

    A price update on the Tesla Model Y that is being sold in Malaysia. The all-electric SUV, part of the Tesla range brought in by the Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders Association of Malaysia (PEKEMA), has had its price revised for 2022, with the starting price for it now lower than last year, as a result of a new avenue of importation as well as a new configuration.

    UPDATE: It turns out that the brochure sent on earlier by PEKEMA was not the latest one with a revamped pricing. The association has since forwarded its updated price list, which sees that for all Model Y versions being adjusted. The Standard Range RWD, originally reported with a price of RM329,800, is now RM345,800. Also, the LR AWD and Performance versions from HK were previously priced slightly lower than the UK versions, but this is no longer the case with the latest price adjustment. See below for updated prices.

    In its updated brochure for the year, the price of the Model Y now starts from RM345,800 (SST not included), brought in via Hong Kong. Last December, that of the Long Range all-wheel drive version of the SUV was listed as starting from RM417,528, but the price has now been revised to RM418,800 – this effectively reduces the entry price for the Y by RM73k.

    Tesla Model Y in Malaysia – now priced from RM346k

    The primary reason for the difference in pricing is because the particular version being brought in from HK in the photos is a Standard Range rear-wheel drive model, which has a range of up to 455 km (WLTP cycle) compared to the Long Range AWD’s 542 km. Performance specs for the base variant include a 0-100 km/time of 6.9 seconds and a 217 km/h top speed, the same as the dual-motor AWD.

    Also, as is the case with the HK version of the Model 3 rear-wheel drive, there’s a difference in specifications of its infotainment system, more specifically in the software available for it – like the Model 3, the HK Model Y follows China’s more restrictive regulations on specific apps that can or cannot be accessed through the screen, which means it has no on-board games or Internet browser.

    While the Model Y is available as in both seven- and five-seat layouts, the RWD from HK is a five-seat version, the only configuration available for the market, as are the units brought in from the UK. Meanwhile, the RWD example in these photos is on show at Vision Motorsports, which is located in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya.

    The introduction of the Standard Range RWD brings the total of Model Y versions offered by PEKEMA to five, and these are currently priced at:

    • Model Y Standard Range RWD (HK) – from RM345,800
    • Model Y Long Range AWD (HK) – from RM423,800
    • Model Y Long Range AWD (UK) – from RM418,800
    • Model Y Performance AWD (HK) – from RM486,900
    • Model Y Performance AWD (UK) – from RM481,900

    In terms of colours, PEKEMA states in its literature that white is a no-extra-cost shade for its Model Y, while opting for black, silver and deep blue will add on RM6,600 to the price, and red multi-coat takes this up to RM12,600. Also, there’s a 20-inch wheel option for the SUV, available for an additional RM12,600.

    As is the case with all Tesla units brought in by PEKEMA, the association states that cars are covered by the warranty as defined by Tesla – for example, Hong Kong lists a four-year warranty on the vehicle and eight years for the battery/drive unit. However, this will need to be claimed from the country of origin from which the car was sold, which would entail the vehicle having to be shipped back for major warranty claims.

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y Standard Range dropped from line-up; CEO Musk previously said range ‘unacceptably low’

    Tesla Model Y Standard Range dropped from line-up; CEO Musk previously said range ‘unacceptably low’

    Tesla has discontinued the Standard Range variant of the Model Y, reports Inside EVs, with the base variant once again removed from the model line-up. At its debut, the Model Y Standard Range variant was not given power or torque output figures, though the single-motor, RWD version was touted with a 0-96 km/h time of 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 193 km/h and an EPA-estimated range of 370 km.

    A screenshot of the Tesla Model Y configurator page shows just the Long Range and Performance variants on offer, apparently confirming the discontinuation of the Standard Range variant.

    This appears to be confirmed by a note posted on Reddit, which stated that a customer with a Model Y Standard Range on order had received an update from a Tesla customer service representative, who said that “[Tesla] no longer offer the custom standard range RWD Model Y anymore, and we can only offer what’s left in our inventory and are honouring orders for those who have already placed their deposits.”

    Tesla Model Y Standard Range dropped from line-up; CEO Musk previously said range ‘unacceptably low’

    The existence of the Standard Range Model Y was surprising, however brief it was, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously responded to a tweet last year that the company would not be making that variant as its range of less than 250 miles (400 km) would be “unacceptably low.” The Tesla configurator site was updated on January 7 to include the Standard Range RWD variant, before being removed from the line-up once again.

    The most attainable Model Y variant now available in the United States, the Long Range, is priced at US$48,990 (RM197,944), which is US$7,000 (RM) more than the Standard Range variant at US$41,990 (RM169,660) when it was still available to order, according to Inside EVs.

    In the fully electric SUV realm, the Model Y stacks up against the Volkswagen ID.4 which starts in base RWD guise with a 204 PS rear motor with up to 77 kWh in battery capacity, offering 520 km on the WLTP testing cycle.

    A more potent version packs a dual-motor powertrain that adds a 102 PS/140 Nm front axle motor for a total system output of 306 PS; Tesla has not quoted output figures for the Performance variant, though it states that this variant has an EPA-estimated range of 303 miles (485 km), a 0-96 km/h time of 3.5 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed.

    GALLERY: Tesla Model Y

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y third-row seats offer 6 inches of legroom

    Tesla Model Y third-row seats offer 6 inches of legroom

    Unveiled in 2019, the Tesla Model Y brought a seven-seat configuration to a platform shared with the Model 3, with which it also shares about 75% of its components. Accommodation in the rear quarters of the Model Y were not shown at the model’s debut, though what’s called an official support video on the Drive Tesla Canada YouTube channel now shows the third-row seats being operated.

    There still isn’t a demonstration of the third row’s ability to accommodate actual passengers, however it does show the movement of the second row of seats in order for the third row to be accessed. Here, the third-row seats accommodate two passengers, have adjustable head rests as well as two USB-C outlets for charging mobile devices.

    The short video clip doesn’t show available space with a person seated in the third row, however Tesla Owners Online said in a tweet that third row legroom is subject to the positioning of the second-row seats, which move on sliders, and offer the third row about five to six inches (127 mm to 152 mm) of legroom. Currently, videos describing the Model Y’s third row have yet to appear on Tesla’s official channels.

    Tesla Model Y third-row seats offer 6 inches of legroom

    The Model Y features a front occupant cabin that is nearly identical to that in the Model 3, where in both models a 15-inch touchscreen takes centrestage. A panoramic glass roof offers an airy ambience, while an elevated seating position comes courtesy of the vehicle’s floor-mounted battery pack.

    Conveniences include the smartphone-as-a-key interface, which engages the Tesla Mobile app for functions such as remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and more. A choice of two powertrain option are available for the Model Y, with either a single-motor RWD or dual-motor AWD configuration.

    The Long Range AWD variant does 0-96 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 217 km/h, with its fully charged battery pack yielding a range of 508 km (EPA estimate). Meanwhile, the Performance variant improves on the Long Range AWD performance with the 0-96 km/h sprint done in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h, though the trade-off is a fully charged battery range of 468 km.

    GALLERY: Tesla Model Y

     
     
  • Tesla Model Y revealed – all-electric SUV with up to seven seats, 0-96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 483 km of range

    Tesla Model Y revealed – all-electric SUV with up to seven seats, 0-96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 483 km of range

    Just as Elon Musk promised, Tesla has unveiled the all-new Model Y at its Los Angeles design studio, completing the company’s “S3XY” line-up of vehicles. While it may appear like a downsized version of the Model X, the Model Y actually shares more in common with the Model 3.

    As revealed by Musk earlier in Tesla’s full year 2018 update, the Model Y is built on the same platform as the Model 3 and shares about 75% of its components. This is readily apparent when you look at the thing, as it roughly shares the same face as the Model 3, although the fastback rear is more akin to the Model X.

    While the exterior is a mix-and-match case, the interior is very much identical to the Model 3, with a 15-inch touchscreen being the predominant feature of the cabin. There’s even a panoramic glass roof and a high seating position, the latter a result of the floor-mounted batteries.

    The Model Y also gets the same smartphone-as-a-key interface, and connects with the Tesla Mobile app for functions such as remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode and more.

    Tesla Model Y revealed – all-electric SUV with up to seven seats, 0-96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 483 km of range

    Unlike the Model 3 however, the Model Y can be ordered as a seven-seater just like with the Model X (five seats as standard). This explains the need for a high roofline that gently slopes towards the rear as seen from the outside, although the gullwing doors are absent here.

    In terms of available powertrains, the Model Y can be had with either one- (RWD) or two-motor (AWD) configurations. Only the Standard Range variant gets the former, but there’s no mention of outputs in Tesla’s release (for now). Instead, we’re being told the Standard Range offers a 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) sprint time of 5.9 seconds, 193 km/h top speed and 370 km of EPA-estimated range.

    Moving up the ranks, there’s the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive variant capable of doing the same sprint in 5.5 seconds, hitting 209 km/h and providing 483 km of range.

    With the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive variant, there’re improvements to the acceleration (4.8 seconds) and top speed (217 km/h), but at the expense of range (450 km). Lastly, the top-rung variant is the Performance that is also AWD, and will complete the same sprint in 3.5 seconds, hit 241 km/h and provide 450 km of range.

    Tesla Model Y revealed – all-electric SUV with up to seven seats, 0-96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 483 km of range

    Tesla says the Model Y will provide the highest levels of safety like the rest of the vehicles in its range, and is fully compatible with its current Supercharger network, including the new V3 Superchargers rated at 250 kW.

    Deliveries of the Model Y are slated to begin in the United States in fall next year, with the Performance (USD55,700), Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive (USD42,700) and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive (USD46,700) variants set to go on sale first. The base Standard Range will come later in spring 2021, priced from USD39,000.

    The seven-seat option will cost an additional USD3,000, while unlocking features linked to the on-board self-driving hardware (identical to the Model 3) – rear, side and forward-facing cameras; forward-facing radar; and 12 ultrasonic sensors – will cost between USD3,000 and USD5,000.

     
     
 
 
 

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