Tesla rolls out Model Y update with ambient lights and new wheels in China

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Tesla China has released a minor update to the Model Y crossover in China. The vehicle features a number of small but notable changes to its exterior and interior, allowing Tesla China to start the fourth quarter on a strong note. 

As the fourth quarter began in China, Tesla rolled out an update to its Model Y configurator. As could be seen in the vehicle’s order page, the base Model Y from Giga Shanghai now features a slightly faster 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds. Its base Gemini Wheels are now painted black as well, making them more sleek and attractive

A look at the vehicle’s interior shows that the updated Model Y from Giga Shanghai now features ambient lighting in the form of an LED strip that spans the dashboard. The iconic wood trim on the black interior Model Y dash has also been replaced. Most importantly, the price of the base Model Y in China remains the same at RMB 263,900 ($36,100). 

A look at the update to the Model Y that Tesla China just released suggests that the electric vehicle maker is looking to keep the sales of its best-selling all-electric crossover strong in the foreseeable future. With the Model 3 Highland coming into the picture, the Model Y’s design has started to look a bit aged, but with this minor update, the vehicle becomes a bit more compelling. 

It should be noted that this is most likely not the highly-anticipated “Project Juniper” update to the Model Y that has been mentioned in previous reports. Details about Project Juniper” are scarce but expectations are high that it would implement the Model 3 Highland’s exterior and interior changes to the all-electric crossover. This recent Model Y update in China could therefore be considered more of a minor update between the current generation Model Y and Project Juniper. 

There are some details about this minor Model Y refresh that stick out. For one, the 0-100 km/h time of the base Model Y has dropped to 5.9 seconds, making it faster than the base Model 3 Highland, which features a 1-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds. This is quite interesting since the Model Y is a larger and heavier car than the Model 3. 

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Simon Alvarez: Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.
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