> Tesla Model Y now on sale in the UK
> Five seats for now, seven possible later
> Prices start from £54,990
> Long Range AWD and Performance models
> Cheaper single-motor model could come later
The Tesla Model Y is an SUV version of the Model 3 – the two models share 75% of their parts.
As such, there's more than a bit of Model 3 influence in the way the Model Y looks, with the same smooth face with raked back headlights, but a slightly higher bonnet and more bulbous roofline.
There are two Model Y models on sale initially in the UK: the Long Range AWD and Performance. The Performance adds upgraded LED headlights, a small boot spoiler, different 21-inch alloy wheels versus the Long Range's 19s. You can upgrade the Long Range's wheels to 20s for £2100.
Both models come with five different paint options – white which is free, metallic black, blue and grey which cost £1100, and lastly a multi-coat red which costs a whopping £2100.
Once again, you'll notice more than a bit of Model 3 inside the Model Y, but that's no bad thing. The overall design is clean and minimalist, while Tesla's build quality has been improving steadily over the years it has been around. The Model 3 is easily the best for quality yet, so the Y should be similar.
The Model Y's interior comes with leather seats on both models, but you can choose between black or white as the interior colour.
Of course, this being Tesla, a huge screen on the dashboard is present and correct. There's a 15-inch landscape screen that operates much like a smartphone and has Google Maps as the native sat-nav system.
The Tesla Model Y can seat up to seven people on board, but will be shipped as a five-seater for now in the UK. Seven seaters could come later.
Tesla says the Model Y will seat seven adults, although based on SUVs of a similar size that do the same thing, we'd wager those in the rearmost seats will be uncomfortable. We'll have to wait and see.
You'll be able to fold those rearmost seats into the boot floor (if and when they do come) to give you more boot space, plus fold the middle row down for some 2100 litres of space when combined with the front trunk under the bonnet for those trips to the tip.
Tesla is yet to reveal figures for the other boot sizes.
The Tesla Model Y will initially come in Long Range AWD and Performance forms.
The Long Range AWD gets a motor on each axle and will travel 315 miles on a full charge. It'll also crack 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and go 135mph.
The Performance also has a motor on each axle, but is more powerful, getting to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds and managing 150mph. It'll still travel an impressive 298 miles on a full charge.
Both models are compatible with Tesla's latest V3 chargers that can add 1000 miles of range in an hour.
Later down the line, Tesla could introduce a cheaper Model Y will just a single motor on its rear axle. It has introduced such a model elsewhere, but there's no official word on plans for the UK just yet.
The Model Y is on sale now, with the first deliveries expected to take place in early 2022.
The Long Range AWD model will cost from £54,990, while the Performance will cost from £64,990.