24. March 2019 by Kyle Field
Tesla Model Y was unveiled last week at an event in Hawthorne, California, at the Tesla Design Studio. The event was perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the year, as the electric compact vehicle is expected to sell more than all three of Tesla's current vehicles combined and become one of the best-selling passenger cars in the world.  CleanTechnica was on hand at the event and was able to enter model Y for one of the vehicles in the vehicle. With two of the three of us who were Tesla Model 3 owners, we also had a good natural ability to compare Y to 3.
The first thing I noticed by entering the back of the vehicle was that seats were slightly higher than in model 3. The construction of the fabric base and back felt like in 3, and it makes sense, since model Y uses the same seats as model 3. Sit higher already made low tension on model 3, which also going through the model Y, feels even lower and opened the visibility out in front of the vehicle even more than in 3.
Looking back to the third row of seats that were revealed jump seats that looked as much as what you see on the aircraft crew. Two diminutive seats seemed to sit on the back, with little or no legroom. This is probably something Tesla is still fine tuning, as it is difficult to imagine someone sitting there for some time and is comfortable. I do not expect them to be comfortable for my 2 & 2 frame, but I expect my 7 and 9 year old sons would be able to sit in the third row comfortably.
Looking Up front seats, 15-inch touchscreen that made its model 3 debut, is a familiar face, as most of the front landscape is. A center console sweeps up to the front of the low stretch, the steering wheel has the same known buttons. Expect Tesla to introduce the Standard Interior options that it has recently rolled out in Model 3 to Model Y when the first standard vehicles are shipped to customers.
all the glass
looks up, full grid of glass covering the cabin, calling me. It surprised me because it was night and there wasn't much to see, but it just did the same. Model Y goes from model 3 to ceiling design, and instead selects a single glass pane from the back of the windshield back to the top of the tailgate.
The change results in a wide open feeling from the inside of the cabin that you just do not come in. Model 3 has a single glass pane over the driver and passenger, with another large route swoops back from just in front back passers all Road back to car's tail. I prefer the feel of Y and the hatchback design, as it is just so much more functional.
No one outside Tesla circle of staff has been able to run model Y yet (the same as the case when model 3 was first shown on March 31, 2016), but Tesla crew responsible for our car took on the standard route out of the design studio on the street for a quick spin. The acceleration up immediately was impressive, but not ridiculous . In fact, the driver confirmed that we were not in a Performance-Spec Model Y. Nevertheless, it maintained a healthy clip that threw the driver and four passengers back into our seats. Good luck finding a faster crossover.
Having done a quick round we jumped back with a bit of dodging and weaving down the street to show off the spritely handling of the car. With full load it wasn't exactly a tight slalom, but the car handled nicely, with minimal body roll despite its full load.
Overall, model Y felt essentially the same as model 3, with the extra height having essentially no influence on the car's driving characteristics. It's an impressive achievement for a car that packs 66 cubic meters of storage space!