Tesla’s compact crossover has been around for a few years and from what we know so far, the 2022 Tesla Model Y won’t bring any notable changes. It will continue with a familiar design, which was introduced for the 2020 model year, with a design that’s heavily based on the Model 3 sedan. Naturally, minor updates are always possible, so we could see a few new things on the list of standard equipment. Other than that, things should remain the same.
You may count on a familiar design, which has a lot of good things to offer. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is impressive autonomy, along with even more impressive acceleration. Furthermore, this crossover offers car-like handling, while the list of tech features is also pretty long. Finally, there is the optional third row, something you won’t get from any other compact luxury SUV.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Tesla Model Y will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Tesla Model Y Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Tesla Model Y will represent the third production year of the current, first generation. Therefore, we believe there will be no bigger changes, especially in terms of the overall design. This model is heavily based on Model 3 and shares most of the parts with it. This even includes the suspension setup, where you may count on a double-wishbone at the front and independent suspension on the rear end. The ride is on a firm side, offering a very little body roll and car-like handling.
Visually, this model closely resembles its hatchback sibling. The design language is the same, while the key difference is in a higher ground clearance, which provides that SUV-like stance. For the next year, we presume that the biggest novelty to come could be some additions of new color options.
The inside of this crossover has both good and bad sides. When it comes to good sides, we particularly like the amount of space. The first two rows are very generous and accommodate taller passengers with ease. Also, you can get the optional third row, which isn’t as spacious but still can be very useful. Also, keep in mind the fact that besides the classic cargo area behind the seats, you also get decent storage under the hood.
When it comes to things we don’t like, the biggest complaint goes to the interior quality. This has always been Tesla’s weakest point and the Model 3 is no exception. We don’t believe things could change in the next year. Also, keep in mind that futuristic dashboard design, which has no physical control, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Once again, we don’t expect to see bigger changes. The list of standard equipment should be pretty much the same as in the current model. This means goodies like dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, a 15-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a 14-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and wireless device charging. Practically, the only upgrades you can get are additional USB ports.
The same thing is with safety features. The current model is already very well equipped and we don’t expect future changes. All models come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. There are two optional safety features you can get – automated lane changing and automated parking.
2022 Tesla Model Y Performances
This aspect shouldn’t bring any change either, though there is always a chance to see a slight range increase. In any case, the 2022 Tesla Model Y will continue in two familiar variants – Long Range and Performance.
Both models use the same 75-kWh battery but the Long Range features less power, which in practice also means bigger autonomy. The current model can make around 328 miles on a single charge. Tesla doesn’t give power figures, but claims 0-60 time in 4.8 seconds with this model.
The Performance model features a max range of 306 miles. On the other side, it features a more powerful rear electric motor, so the acceleration goes way don’t to 3.5 seconds. The top speed of this model is 155 mph.
2022 Tesla Model Y Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Tesla Model Y will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Price changes aren’t expected either, so base models should go around 42.000 dollars. Currently, there are no electric SUVs of this size in this price range, so we believe that plug-in hybrids like Toyota RAV4 Prime could be potential rivals for the next year.