Ahead of the official unveiling, Tesla has released a video on Twitter of the new car. The car’s silhouette has been revealed for the first time in a video which shows a camouflaged video. It has a sleek tapered front-end with the larger rear and height of a compact crossover/SUV.
The official live stream will begin at 7:45AM PDT (2:45 AM GMT). Follow the instructions here to find out how to watch the event.
Tesla will launch the all-new Model Y compact SUV later today on March 14th, from 8 pm PDT (3 am GMT). The Model Y is to the Model 3 what the Model X SUV is to the Model S saloon car.
Previously it was suggested that the Model Y would be built on an all-new platform, but it is now likely to share the same platform as the Model 3.In fact, CEO Elon Musk has stated that the car will share 75 per cent of the same parts as the Model 3 but have a different body.
As a result of the two cars sharing so many parts, the vehicles are also expected to have similar specs.
When Musk announced the crossover/compact SUV would be launching he also shared an outline of the car’s specs, which seem to suggest this.
“Model Y, being an SUV, is about 10 per cent bigger than Model 3, so will cost about 10 per cent more & have slightly less range for same battery,” he added.
“Detailed specs & pricing will be provided, as well as test rides in Y.”
This would suggest that the car will cost upwards of around $38,000 and could have range of between 200-280 miles on a single charge, depending on the battery configuration.
The car will not share the same Falcon Wing doors at the Model X SUV and will instead feature more conventional ones.
Full specs including pricing are expected to be confirmed at the event tonight, which will actually take place on Friday morning at 3 am for people on the UK.
The car is the fifth vehicle the carmaker has launched since it was founded in 2003, and it will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Design Studio from 8 pm PT.
It is not expected to enter production until the end of the year and will likely take on the Kia e Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric.
Where the car will be manufacturers has not been confirmed entirely but it is ‘likely’ to be produced in the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.