Tesla has just lifted the veil on the Model Y Propulsion, the most affordable version of the range. It has been compared with its two big sisters, the Model Y Grande Autonomie (Long Range) and Model Y Performance.
Rumors have been talking about it for several weeks and the American firm has just formalized its new Tesla Model Y Propulsion in Europe. It was already sold in Asia (and to the lucky few in the United States), but now it is available to order in France for 49,990 euros excluding bonuses. By applying the ecological bonus, theThe price drops to 47,990 euroswhich is cheaper than the most affordable Model 3, which is still priced at 53,490 euros at the time of this writing.
Let’s compare Tesla’s three proposals for its SUV, the Model Y with the Propulsion, Long Range and Performance versions. If you are wondering about the differences between a Model 3 and a Model Y, we have also written a comparison between these two models.
Model Y: what does not change between the three versions
We start with what does not change: the dimensions are similar between the three versions of the Model Y and the interior (the cabin) is also identical in all respects. Contrary to what Tesla does with its Model 3 Propulsion, the Model Y Propulsion integrates, like its big sisters, the high-end sound system 13 speakers and subwoofer. Good news for music lovers.
All three versions have electric front seats, heated front and rear seats, heated, electrically folding side mirrors with automatic dimming. Unlike the Model 3, the Model Y incorporates a HEPA filter to protect the cabin from pollutants and the finest bacteria present in the atmosphere. The American manufacturer had made a rather impressive video demonstration of the effectiveness of this system, which Elon Musk’s firm even described as a “defense system against bacteriological weapons”.
What changes between Propulsion, Long Range and Performance
But then, what are the differences between the Model Y Propulsion, Long Range and Performance? We summarize them for you in the table below, before explaining them just below!
|Tesla||Model Y Propulsion||Model Y Grande Autonomie||Model Y Performance|
|Price (excluding bonus)||49 990 euros||64 990 euros||69 990 euros|
|WLTP Autonomies||455 km||565 km||514 km|
|Charging power||170 kW||250 kW||250 kW|
|Transmission||Propulsion||Integral (4 wheel drive)||Integral (4 wheel drive)|
|0 to 100 km/h||6,9 sec||5 sec||3,7 sec|
|Powerful||Environ 300 ch||395 ch||424 ch|
|Max speed||217 km/h||217 km/h||250 km/h|
|Weight||1 909 kg||1 979 kg||1 995 kg|
|Consumption||15,7 kWh / 100 km||16,9 kWh / 100 km||17,1 kWh / 100 km|
As you can see, the differences are only from a point of view battery, motor and price.
No 4 wheel drive
The Model 3 Propulsion, the most affordable, thus gets rid of the front engine and therefore forgets its 4-wheel drive all-wheel drive in favor of its propulsion. This means that only its two rear wheels are driving.
In practice, therefore, it is to be expected slightly worse road holding in extreme conditions (ultra-sporty driving or on a wet or snowy road, for example) on the Model Y Propulsion. But we have to put things into perspective since the handling of the Tesla in the Propulsion version is already excellent.
The other big difference is in the theoretical autonomy on the WLTP cycle. To be offered at 15,000 euros less (and even 17,000 euros if we take into account the ecological bonus), the Model Y Propulsion integrates a smaller battery, around 65 kWh compared to 80 kWh for its two big sisters, which reduces the range from 565 km on the Long Range version to 455 km on the new entry-level version. Wondering if 455 km is enough range for long journeys? We have the answer, since we wondered what a range of 400 km meant in an electric car on the Paris – Marseille route.
The Performance version is between the two, at 514 km, because of its 21-inch rims and its slightly higher power. Be careful also when making your choice, since the choice of the size of the rims has an impact on the autonomy. Indeed, the larger the wheel, the higher the vehicle’s fuel consumption, especially at high speeds. Thus, the Model Y Propulsion fitted with 20-inch Induction rims announces a range of 430 km. Ditto on the Long Autonomy version where these rims reduce the autonomy to 533 km.
Charging power is also down on the Propulsion version, with 170 kW compared to 250 kW on the higher-end versions. Which means charging will take a bit longer when stopping at Superchargers.
Performance is also an area that differentiates these three electric cars as can be seen with the time required to go from 0 to 100 km/h or even the maximum speed and the power in hp. But even with 6.9 seconds to reach the speed of 100 km / h, the Tesla Model Y is far from slow, since still faster than the majority of the existing car fleet.
Indeed, on average, in France, a new car sold in 2021 made 118 hp. Compared to the 300 hp of the Model Y Propulsion… this figure is however to be taken with a grain of salt, because it is not officially known and was not in the list of American homologation documents which have recently leaked. The Long Autonomy and Performance versions are given for 395 and 424 hp.
Finally, last small precision concerning the battery technology used in the three versions. The information is not official, but it is likely that the Model Y Propulsion integrates an LFP battery against NMC technology on the Long Autonomy and Performance versions. In fact, this does not change much, except for a potentially slightly slower charge (but negligible in reality), but better autonomy in very cold weather and the possibility of recharging at 100% without damaging the battery.
So, is this new Model Y Propulsion the best Tesla to buy right now? For us, it’s a big yes, because of its really excellent quality – autonomy – price ratio. A future best-seller without a doubt!
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