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The Tesla Model Y is a 300-mile range Model 3 doppelganger coming in fall 2020

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At first glance, it appeared that Tesla Model 3 had a doppelganger.

After years of teasers and hints, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the Model Y, a mid-sized all-electric vehicle that will start at $39,000 and is slated to hit the marketplace in fall 2020.

The Model Y bears a striking resemblance to Model 3. The vehicle, which will come in a standard, long range, dual-motor all-wheel and performance variants, is a bit larger,  allowing it to accommodate seven people. It also sits slightly higher than the Model 3.

And that’s where the differences start to fade away.

The Model Y has the same interior as the Model 3, including the same single 15-inch touchscreen interface as well as other features like the door handles.

The photo below is a Model 3. 

And now, the Model Y. Notice a slightly higher stance and shorter front end.

Other important specs

The standard range version will start $39,000 and have 230 mile range. However, Tesla will first produce the performance, dual-motor and long range versions. Customers who want the standard range version of the Model Y will have to wait until at least spring 2021. The performance and dual motor variants will be able to travel 280 miles on a single charge, while the long-range version will, as it sounds, have the longest range at 300 miles.

All of the variants are designed to have the same kind of performance as its smaller sibling. The performance version of the Model Y will be able to travel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 150 mph.

But that kind of performance comes at a higher price. The performance version will start at $60,000. The dual motor variant will start at $51,000 and the base price of the long-range version will be $47,000.

Musk didn’t say where the Model Y would be produced, nor did he get into other details beyond the vehicle specs and a vague timeline.

He did provide a bullish forecast for the Model Y, stating towards the end of the event that he expects Y sales to exceed Model S and Model X combined. Tesla has sold more than 500,000 vehicles to date, including the Roadster, S, X and 3.

Porsche’s Mission E caught testing alongside Tesla vehicles

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Ignore the exhaust tips on the back. Those are just to throw off casual onlookers. According to our friends at Autoblog, there’s a good chance this is the electric car Porsche hopes to throw down against Tesla. Called Mission E in previous concepts, Porsche has talked about this car for several years though this is one of the first photos of the production car.

The photos show a car void of the radical design language found on the concept. Gone is the bulbous body with a distinctive cabin profile and low slung fenders. The car here looks more like an evolved Panamera instead of something completely new.

The car retains the widetrack Porsche stance and uses a different front end from its Panamera cousin. The headlights seem to be similar to those found on the concept.

These photos were captured outside of a Porsche facility in  Stuttgart, Germany where the car was spied alongside several Tesla vehicles.

There’s no word on the powertrain inside this car though. Porsche has several options including putting an electric motor at each wheel like Mercedes did with the SLS AMG or using single motors at each axle like AWD Tesla models. Either way, Porsche is likely putting everything they have into this model. The Mission E is aimed directly at the aging Model S and Porsche says it will be priced similarly to the Panamera and hit the market by 2019. That’s a year or two before Tesla appears to be ready to update the Model S.

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