Model Y Design Studio 

After much waiting, the Model Y Design Studio opened in New Zealand today. Prices start from $76,200 and the first deliveries are in August – November 2022. The Design Studio includes two options for Model Y with Rear-Wheel Drive and Performance.   

Initial deliveries will be Model Y Rear-Wheel Drive. With 455 km of WLTP range, plenty of storage space and a medical-grade HEPA filter, Model Y Rear-Wheel Drive is the ultimate combination of performance and utility, says Tesla New Zealand.

About Model Y In New Zealand

Model Y is an all-electric, mid-size SUV that Tesla says is designed for maximum versatility and safety, offering leading range, superior performance and the most advanced technology.    

Inside, Model Y’s panoramic glass roof and high seating creates a feeling of spaciousness they say, and offers an expansive view from every seat in the vehicle. The front trunk and split-folding second-row seats provide a total of 2,158 litres of storage space.  

Like Model 3, Model Y requires no keys, but instead connects to your smartphone for seamless entry and exit, with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface inside for all of the car’s controls. Model Y also connects with the Tesla Mobile app for unique, easy-to-access features like remote unlock, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.  

Model Y is designed to be the safest mid-size SUV, according to Tesla. Built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the low centre of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones provide unparalleled protection. Its aerodynamic design and leading battery technology also make it highly efficient in terms of energy usage, meaning you should achieve a better range with less energy.  

Model Y is also compatible with Tesla’s current Supercharger network of 59 Superchargers at 13 locations across New Zealand, including their V3 Superchargers which can charge at rates up to 1,600 km per hour. As with all Teslas, Model Y gets over-the-air software updates.  

Visit Tesla’s New Zealand Design Studio to see pricing, available options and delivery timelines.

 Model Y Specifications for New Zealand

Model Y  Rear-Wheel Drive  Performance  
Starting Price  $76,200 $108,900 
Paint   Pearl White Multi-Coat, Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Red Multi-Coat  Pearl White Multi-Coat, Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Red Multi-Coat  
Seating Layout  5 Adults. Independent fold-flat second row with adjustable seatbacks. Electronic releases in trunk for convenience.  5 Adults. Independent fold-flat second row with adjustable seatbacks. Electronic releases in trunk for convenience.  
Interior  All Black Premium Interior (included)   Black & White Interior (optional) All Black Premium Interior (included)   Black & White (optional) 
Wheels  19” Gemini (included)  20” Induction (optional) 21” Uberturbine (included) 
Range (WLTP) 455 km 514 km  
Acceleration 0-100km/h  6.9s  3.7s  
Top Speed  217 km/h  250 km/h  
Drive  Rear-Wheel Drive  Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive  
Weight  1,909 kg  1,997 kg  
Max Cargo Volume  2,158 litres  2,158 litres  
Tow Hitch  Service installed accessory, estimated to be available early 2023.   Service installed accessory, estimated to be available early 2023.   
Equipment  HEPA air filtration system  Performance Upgrade Pack, HEPA air filtration system, LED Fog Lights  
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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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