The reveal of the Tesla Model Y is planned for 15 March 2019, with production mooted to begin in 2020 at the American company's plant in Fremont, California, CEO Elon Musk has announced.
At the company's annual shareholder meeting, and in subsequent posts on Twitter, Musk announced that 15 March "sounded good. We could unveil Model Y anytime from late this year to mid next year, so March 15 is about right." A new preview image of the car reveals little more than before.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly evaluating applications from companies bidding for a Model Y parts supply contract. He is likely to be doing this even more carefully than usual, given the recent parts supply issues that caused a backlog for production of the Model 3.
Musk has since said that Tesla is working at full steam to clear the delays, pushing to hit targets for 5000 cars per week, or 260,000 a year. But Tesla will want to be doubly sure the backlogs are clear and production pace picks up well before it introduces the Model Y.
Based on the underpinnings of the Model 3, the Model Y will be a small SUV and, judging by preview images, have a more striking design than its stablemates. A new preview picture released by Tesla (above) shows a car with no door mirrors.
Although current laws require mirrors to be fitted, these could be revised to allow the use of cameras and internally mounted displays as an alternative before the Model Y hits the roads.