Tesla opens orders for Model Y in Australia, with cars in every showroom

The Tesla Model Y electric crossover is – finally – on sale in Australia, starting at $68,900 for the standard RWD variant and $93,900 for the Performance variant.

The Model Y has been on sale in the US since March 2020, a year after its initial unveiling. It was originally thought to hit the market in Australia in 2021, but it didn’t happen. With Tesla’s Berlin plant officially opened, it’s clear that its Shanghai-made inventory can now be cleared for Australia.

The order book was opened after a shipload of Model Ys arrived in Australia last week, as contributor Riz Akhtar documented this year. The first deliveries are expected within a few months.

Some of those who ordered early are told they’ll ship from August, at least for the RWD options. Those who opt for the Performance version will be told they will ship between November and February. At the end of the day, all orders were notified in November at the earliest, possibly even February.

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Model Y will soon be unveiled in the Gold Coast showroom.

The Model Y can be viewed at any Tesla showroom in Australia, The Driven understands, as this photo from the Gold Coast showroom highlights.

Tesla also opened orders for the Model Y in Japan, another market for right-hand drive vehicles.

Based on the Model 3 electric sedan, the Model Y is distinguished by having a higher roof height, more headroom and a hatch in the rear as opposed to a trunk. It also has higher seats so is easier to get in and out of.

The RWD Model Y offers a range of 455 km (WLTP), a single rear engine producing 255 kW of power, and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

The Performance AWD variant, starting at $93,900, offers a range of 528 km (WLTP), 393 kW of power from its two engines and an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. It has a top speed of 250 km/h, 21′′ Überturbine wheels, performance brakes, reduced suspension and aluminum alloy pedals.

All models come with features such as Tesla’s advanced driver assistance package known as Autopilot, eight cameras with a built-in “Sentry Mode” security system, navigation, voice control, wireless smartphone charging for two phones, front and front USB-C ports. rear , and of course a series of infotainment inclusions.

Premium connectivity is available, including satellite navigation, music and video streaming, live traffic visualisations, an internet browser and “caraoke” for $9.99 per month.

Driveaway prices for the Tesla Model Y include a $1,375 delivery fee plus a $350 order fee. Other fees and charges vary by state and may include stamp duty, registration fees, mandatory third-party liability insurance, and license plate fees. The pricing places it well below the $79,659 fuel-efficient vehicle threshold for the federal luxury car tax.

There is no seven-seater option available on the configurator, nor a Long Range variant; it appears that Tesla is using the same market strategy as for the Model 3, so expect the Long Range variants to go live further down the road.

Notably, the pricing for Model Y means it is not eligible for discounts, which have a maximum threshold of $68,750 and are available in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

In some states, the Model Y may be eligible for a partial or full discount on stamp duty.

This article has been updated to correct the fact that the Tesla Model Y is not eligible for EV discounts and has also gone on sale in Japan.

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