Tesla has rolled out a minor update for its Model Y crossover in China, adding some new features and enhancing its performance. The electric SUV now comes with ambient lighting, new-design wheels, and a slightly faster 0-100 km/h time. The price of the updated Model Y remains unchanged.
Ambient lighting and new wheels
The updated Model Y from Giga Shanghai features an LED strip that spans the entire dashboard, creating a more premium and futuristic feel for the interior. The wood trim on the black interior dash has also been replaced with a more modern-looking material.
The exterior of the Model Y also gets a minor makeover, with the base Gemini wheels now painted in sporty black colour. The new wheels make the electric SUV look more sleek and attractive than before.
The updated Model Y also boasts a slightly improved acceleration, going from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. This makes it faster than the base Model 3 Highland, which has a 0-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds. The Model Y is a larger and heavier vehicle than the Model 3, so this is quite impressive.
The updated Model Y also retains its impressive range of 554 km on a single charge and its top speed of 217 km/h.
A minor update before a major one?
The update to the Model Y in China comes after Tesla unveiled a restyled Model 3 with a longer driving range in early September. The made-in-China updated Model 3 is meant for other export markets as well.
With the Model 3 Highland introduced, the Model Y’s design started to look a bit aged, but with these latest minor updates, the EV has become a bit more attractive.
However, this may not be the last update to the Model Y that Tesla has in store. Previous reports have mentioned a “Project Juniper” update that would implement the Model 3 Highland’s exterior and interior changes to the all-electric crossover. Details about Project Juniper are scarce but expectations are high that it would be a major refresh for the Model Y.
Tesla has not confirmed or denied the existence of Project Juniper, so it remains to be seen when and if it will be launched.