Tesla shares first image of upcoming Model Y
Want to know what Tesla’s upcoming compact SUV, the Model Y, will look like?
Well, you can’t. Not just yet. Sure, Tesla did share an image of the car during a shareholder meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday, but it doesn’t show much, except that the car will have a front window, and, probably, headlights.
Sometimes, though, what’s missing in a photograph is more revealing than what’s there. Check out that photo again. That’s right, the car has no side mirrors.
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla Model Y will be built on an entirely new platform with a dramatically enhanced production line and will likely debut in late 2019 or 2020. The car will also have a completely redesigned electronics system, leaving the old 12-volt system behind.
We’ll see if the no-mirrors thing sticks, however. Tesla wanted to ship the Model X without side mirrors (arguing that the car can offer a better view of its surroundings with the use of cameras and its humongous center display), but regulators wouldn’t have that.
Little else is known about the car, except that it will be smaller than the Model X, and that it will complete Tesla’s lineup of cars to say “sexy,” with models S, 3, X and Y on offer.