The Tesla Model Y with a $2,000 performance upgrade to drop the acceleration into the low 4 seconds makes the LR Y dual motor an intriguing option. That would give you MME GT specs plus the glass roof and most of the tech features.I just saw this and I agree. I am a GT reservation holder, but for me the sweet spot would have been the LR AWD. The ER AWD MME was just a little on the slower side for me, so that made me go for a GT. This price drop actually makes the Y cheaper, even after tax credit, and more powerful than the MME equivalent (LR AWD vs ER AWD).
Theoretically, the GT will be cheaper than the Performance Y after tax credit. However, we haven’t seen how much the performance package will cost and whether Ford will nickel and dime us with option packages (glass roof, 360 camera, etc.). Additionally, I imagine the range will be better on the Y. I know that Tesla overstates but recent tests show the LR AWD Y getting 276 miles of range driving 70 mph in 100 degree weather (speed and temp can negatively impact range). This is higher than the MME’s target EPA range of 270 for the same trim (most likely based on ideal driving conditions
One other consideration is that Tesla’s battery day is 09/22. I’ve been told that sometimes tech announced at these events makes it into current models shortly after. Could we see upgraded range for the Y this fall/winter?
From a design perspective, the MME wins for me. I also like the dealer network for support. Additionally, Ford has Apple CarPlay. However, Tesla’s drop in price, better performance in the mid range trim, better range (with the possibility of higher range in the near future) could steal some MME reservation holders away (including me).
For me, the big things Tesla would need to get right would be better quality control (seems to happen the longer models are produced), offer a lease option with the Y, and include Apple CarPlay or a better way to play/control Apple Music from the main screen. Will these happen? I’m not sure. Are they reasonably doable? For sure.
Ford could also surprise us with a price drop and better than expected performance/range numbers too.
I really do not like the exterior aesthetics of the model Y and the interior of the Tesla just doesn't do it for me. That kind of discount helps some buyers like us get over it though.
It probably behooves us to wait until the Premium AWD ER comes out as that will likely give us an idea of the true performance capabilities such as range and acceleration plus of course charging speed.