Tesla Launches Model Y in China with Heated Steering Wheel and More

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Tesla announced it has launched Model sales in China on January 1, 2021, kicking off the New Year with its latest electric SUV (via Reuters).

The Model Y has been seen testing at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai, which recently completed an expansion to produce the SUV.

According to Tesla’s Chinese website, the Long Range Model Y starts at 339,900 yuan ($52,041 USD), while the Performance version costs 369,900 yuan ($56,634 USD). Range is showing at 594 km (369 miles) for the Long Range Model Y.

Compared to the United States, these prices for Model Y in China are much cheaper. The Long Range starts at $48,490 USD, while the Performance costs $58,490 USD.

Tesla also confirmed the Model Y in China includes a heated steering wheel, plus HEPA filter presumably for Bioweapon Defense Mode, which was previously confirmed. We also see on the Tesla China website the new centre console from the Model 3 refresh.

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It’s also worth noting the Model Y in China gets a slightly different interior compared to the United States as well, with wood trim extending to the front driver and passenger doors. Also, a white interior option is not available in China for Model Y.

As for the Full Self-Driving add-on for Autopilot, that is priced at 64,000 yuan ($9,796 USD).

With drone flyovers of Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai showing a tonne of Model Y and Model 3 units sitting and waiting, many assumed the SUV launch would be imminent, and here we are.

 

Chinese customers can configure their Model Y today, with deliveries set to begin this month.

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