Tesla Reportedly Readying A Cheaper Model Y SUV

Tesla appears to be getting ready to launch a new, cheaper version of its Model Y SUV if changes to its online configurator are to be believed.

Elecrek reports that a number of Tesla configurator code trackers have noted that a new configuration of the model Y has been made available in the back end, suggesting that it will be made available to the public sooner or later.

This configuration comes with dual-motor AWD and 4680 battery cells, while a price of $61,990.

Notably, this matches a previous Model Y configuration that was made available to some Tesla employees as well as some customers who placed an order via Tesla. However, it was never listed on the Tesla website and wasn’t available as part of the configurator. It now appears that will change, with the new battery pack offering up to 279 miles (449 km) of range.

When this new version of the Model Y will go on sale isn’t yet clear but it does look increasingly likely that it will happen in the future. The vehicle is currently listed in the configurator’s source code but cannot be selected by customers, meaning that it cannot currently be ordered by anyone.

Tesla is known for chopping and changing versions of its cars that are available for sale, although that usually entails making them more expensive with CEO Elon Musk blaming the increased cost of parts for the price hikes.

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