Tesla’s new Model Y crossover will have plenty of competition when it goes on sale in fall 2020, as other new all-electric models flood the market. Polestar, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all have competing models that, at least on paper, will serve as strong competition to the Tesla. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the new model at an event Thursday in California. Unfortunately for our purposes, as is usually the case with its cars, Tesla declined to share specific numbers, including exterior dimensions, horsepower, torque or battery capacities, for the Model Y — figures every other EV manufacturer provides — so there’s only so much comparison we can do. With that mind, here’s how the Model Y stacks up against the competition. Pricing The Tesla Model Y’s biggest advantage will be its affordable price, which will be as low as $48,200 (including a $1,200 destination fee) when the Long-Range rear-wheel-drive model launches next fall. That’s set to fall to as little as $39,000 (before destination) when the Standard Range model arrives in spring 2021. On the other hand, the priciest Performance variant will cost $61,200 after destination. Those prices are extremely competitive when compared to the Model Y’s rivals. The Polestar 2, for instance, is set to start at $55,000, the Audi E-Tron will be $75,795 with destination, The Jaguar I-Pace starts at $70,525. No price has yet been confirmed for the Mercedes-Benz EQC, but a figure around $70,000 is expected. One important Tesla Model Y pricing note: buyers will… [Read full story]
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