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Tesla Model Y to be AWD only, full self-driving capable from launch?

by Justin King

The unconfirmed report suggests the high-riding model will have a base price of $35,000-$40,000.

A few technical details of the Tesla Model Y may have leaked ahead of schedule, pointing to several important upgrades over its Model 3 platform mate.

Unannounced information posted on Twitter by The Tesla Show claims the Model Y will be available as all-wheel-drive only, with a base price of $35,000 to $40,000 and a minimum range of at least 250 miles.

The high-riding model is also said to ship with Autopilot hardware v3.5, possibly integrating a Tesla-designed radar system and more cameras. Level 4 full self-driving capability is expected to be available from launch.

"The Tesla designed Radar system and more cameras is most interesting," the podcaster wrote on Twitter. "Another fork of Autopilot hardware for sensing."

The $40,000 base price seems to be a likely target for the company, consistent with the premium that buyers must pay for the Model X versus the Model S. 

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