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Spied! Exclusive Tesla Model Y Photos Show the EV Crossover Out and About

Ever since the Model Y crossovers unveiling, Tesla has been as silent as an electric motor on cruise control about its upcoming car. Besides the basics that Elon Musk shared at the reveal, weve seen scant information or updates to appease our curiosity for the anticipated EV. There havent even been photos besides the handful which accompanied the press releaseuntil now, as MotorTrend brings you exclusive shots of a Model Y prototype in the wild. A sharp-eyed neighbor of the companys Palo Alto, California, office spotted the all-black vehicle out for testing. The first photos show the car turning left from Arastradero Road onto Purisma Road, a popular connection to some of the surrounding hills best, curviest avenues (your author grew up in the immediate vicinity). Two presumed Tesla engineers are in the front seats; the passenger seems engrossed by data displayed on an unseen computer screen. The next pictures are taken from farther away, and show the same (or a very similar) vehicle entering the company parking lot. What can be gained from our exclusive Model Y pictures? Mainly, a better look at what weve seen before, although some changes are present. The car looks essentially like a taller Model 3 ; its likely the two will share some body panels and componentry. The rear diffuser, however, seems to be of a new design compared to what was shown at launch. Those aerodynamic wheels arent an option on the online configurator. Visible against the black paint is a Dual Motor badge on the trunk. Judging by the absence of the Performance models red brake calipers, wed guess this is a tester for the Long Range AWD version, rated at 280 miles per charge . Also noteworthy is the presence of black door handles, in contrast to the Model 3s chrome unitsa subtle, yet appreciable, design differentiator. Continuing Teslas typical modus operandi (reveal first, develop second), it looks like this Model Y isnt quite ready for the mainstream. We note the wavered alignment between the front of the hood and the bumper, as well as the large gap at the base of the A-pillar. It also seems the window trim may not be entirely consistent. Regardless, this tester shows that the Model Y is in advanced stages of calibration before it hits the production line . Were confident itll be just as much of a segment disruptor and a great driver as its counterparts. Check out the gallery to see everything we spotted. The post Spied! Exclusive Tesla Model Y Photos Show the EV Crossover Out and About appeared first on MotorTrend .

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