Tesla Model Y Undergoes Subtle Revamp in China: Australian Impact Yet to be Determined

Matt Brand
October 2, 2023
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Tesla has rolled out subtle changes to the Model Y in China, introducing both exterior and interior modifications and enhancing the range and speed of specific models.

The latest tweaks to the Model Y don't quite mirror the significant revisions made to its sibling, the Model 3 sedan. However, a parallel update for the Model Y, internally referred to as "Project Juniper," is anticipated to be released in 2024.

As of now, the specifics of this Model Y modification are exclusive to Tesla China. Given that Australia's Model Y units originate from Tesla's Shanghai factory, it remains to be seen how these updates will affect the Australian market.

The base version of the Tesla Model Y RWD now boasts a range of 544km as per CLTC testing standards, marking an improvement of 9km. Moreover, its acceleration has been improved, with the ability to clock 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, down from the prior 6.9 seconds. For comparison, the Model Y RWD in Australia, as per WLTP standards, has a 455km range and achieves 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

The advanced Model Y Long Range now offers a range of 688km (as per CLTC standards), an enhancement of 28km, while retaining its 5.0-second acceleration from 0-100km/h. In Australia, by WLTP measures, this variant covers a distance of 533km on a full charge.

The top-tier Model Y Performance remains unchanged in this update, maintaining its 615km range (CLTC) and a brisk 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds.

Visually, the Model Y RWD now sports its 19-inch Gemini wheels in a sleek black finish, a departure from its earlier silver hue.

Regarding the vehicle's autonomous capabilities, despite some reports suggesting an upgrade to the Hardware 4.0 self-driving computer, it has been verified that the Model Y continues to operate on its existing HW3 system.

Interior modifications include the introduction of vibrant RGB ambient lighting strips along the dashboard and a shift to a new fabric dashboard material, replacing the prior wooden detailing. These alterations resonate with the recent updates seen in the Model 3. Australian consumers can anticipate the arrival of these refreshed electric sedans in the first quarter of 2024.

Matt Brand
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