The 2022 Tesla Model Y redesign has been anticipated for a bit now. With more information on this car’s specs and performance, as well as its tech offerings, we can find out if it still retains the quality that the Tesla brand strives for. Although, one thing we can say already is that the Tesla Model Y delivers on the various aspects that drivers flock towards the brand for.
The company has yet to release more in-depth details about the new features of the 2022 Tesla Model Y. However, it’s reasonable to believe that there won’t be much in the way of major changes. The current news on the 2022 Tesla Model Y’s release date seems to point it towards June 2022.
Without much information on the pricing right now, Tesla fans have been speculating the price range of the upcoming vehicles using the previous 2021 model. The 2021 Tesla Model Y’s price varied from the two models that are offered by the brand. These are the base Long Range model and the Performance model. The Model Y Long Range is expected to have a starting of about $58,990. The Performance model comes next with a starting price tag of about $63,990.
The Model Y operates off of a dual-motor setup, delivering power to the wheels via an all-wheel drive system. The Long Range has a power output of about 447 horsepower and a torque output of 376 pounds-feet. The Performance trim level does a bit more with its electric motors, capable of an output of 580 horsepower and 481 pounds-feet of torque. The range of these cars is quite impressive as well, with the Long Range being able to travel up to 326 miles of all-electric driving range. The Performance isn’t that far behind with its electric driving range of 303 miles.The acceleration of the Model Y is in-line with Tesla’s current offering of vehicles. According to some tests, the Model Y Long Range is capable of going for 0 to 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds, topping out at a max speed of about 135 mph. The Performance variant speeds things up with acceleration that goes to 60 mph from a standstill in only 3.5 seconds, maxing out at about 155 mph. It is also comes equipped with a set of all-season tires, meant for resisting wear and tear from your everyday drives. The handling of the Model Y gives off a feeling of agility with its lightweight nature, ensuring the driver has complete control over it. The braking system is also regenerative, allowing a bit more charge every time the brakes are engaged.
All models of this iteration of the Tesla Model Y make use of a 75.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It offers impressive performance, with a hopefully impressive charging time as well. Though not much information is known on this, what we do know is that the battery pack takes 10 hours to charge to full state with a 240V public charger or Tesla’s 220V Wall Connector. With access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, the Model Y can regain up to 162 miles of range in only 15 minutes of charging.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL
In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2022 Tesla Model Y Long Range is the best in this regard. It’s EPA rating puts it at 131 MPGe/City, 116 MPGe/Highway, and 125 MPGe/Combined. It has an all-electric driving range of about 330 miles.
The Performance trim of the Model Y is also a decent runner in the fuel economy bracket. It scored an EPA rating of about 115 MPGe/City, 106 MPGe/Highway, and 111 MPGe/Combined. It’s electric driving range isn’t that far off from its sibling, with a range of about 303 miles.
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
Tesla has had a knack for using the minimalist style, and the 2022 Tesla Model Y’s interior follows through with this same pattern. The passenger seats, as well as some surfaces of the car’s interior, make use of premium vegan leather. The cabin also makes use of wood trims that are implemented onto the design of the dashboard. The Model Y can sit about5 passengers within the two rows of seating. Space for all rides is quite generous, with enough of a comfort factor to last for longer trips. There is an available option for a third row of seating for the Long Range trim, but it does get a bit tight in terms of legroom there. Overall, the Long Range model can seat at most 7 passengers, while the Performance model can seat up to 5 passengers. Assuming that the car doesn’t have its third row installed, the cargo space on the Model Y is also quite decent. With the rear seats folded, it should have about 68 cubic feet of storage area. There is also a front trunk, or “frunk”, that passengers can also use for additional stowage.
The Model Y has a lot in store for the tech buffs looking for an extensive infotainment package. For the infotainment system, the 15-inch infotainment touchscreen is where passengers can cycle through the many different cabin functions and features. Voice controls are available, allowing hands-free operation of several controls for the cabin. There is also Bluetooth connectivity for those interested in connecting their phones for playing media over the sound system. The sound system used on the Model Y is a 14-speaker setup, capable of producing some impressive quality sounds. It also comes with an internet browser that riders can use while the vehicle is parked, allowing them to scroll through YouTube or even stream on Netflix. If the car is not connected to Wi-Fi, there is the option to use Tesla’s data plan which costs about $9.99/month. All updates to the infotainment system are done via over-the-air updates. However, there are quite a few surprising downsides to this nearly $60,000 vehicle. The infotainment system does not have any integrations with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The navigation system, although google-based and easy to use, can be hard to rely on in areas where service can get dodgy.
Some of the standard driver-assistance features mounted onto the Model Y are bundled with their Autopilot semi-autonomous driver assistance system. Included within this bundle is an adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking systems, and even automatic steering to help in lane-keeping. Drivers can improve on this with the Full Self-Driving Capability bundle that adds in a whole slew of new features. These include Navigate on Autopilot, Summon, Automatic Parking, and even Automatic Lane Changes.
According to Tesla’s site, the Limited warranty plan of the Model Y spans for 4 years or the first 50,000 miles driven. The Battery and Powertrain warranty spans for 8 years or the first 120,000 miles, with a requirement that the battery capacity should have a minimum 70% retention.