2025 Tesla Model Y (Project Juniper): What we know/expect (2024)

Update: ‘Design’ and ‘Price & Release date’ sections updated.

Tesla plans to present a refresh to the Model Y, the SUV sibling of the Model 3, and begin production of the updated version in 2024, Reuters reported on March 1, 2023. Codenamed ‘Tesla Juniper,’ the electric SUV could go on sale in the U.S. as the 2025 Tesla Model Y.

Here’s our general expectation from the new Tesla SUV. Please note that some information and visuals presented in this article represent the current model year, and we will keep revising this page as new updates surface.

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3. Specifications

6. 2025 Tesla Model Y FAQs

6.1. What is the 2025 Tesla Model Y release date?

6.2. What will be the 2025 Tesla Model Y price?

6.3. Which cars will be new Tesla Model Y rivals?

Design & Exterior

Similar to the 2024 Tesla Model 3, we expect the 2025 Model Y to feature a mildly updated exterior with new bumpers and wheels. Like today, in addition to a bigger body, fender flares would immediately differentiate it from the sedan. Our rendering (pictured above) includes a curvy L-shaped cut-out on the sides of the front bumper as a visual cue for the SUV.

Adaptive Headlamps

In European markets, Tesla should offer adaptive headlights on the new Model Y for enhanced safety. When making a turn, adaptive headlights automatically turn based on the steering angle, yaw, and driving speed to optimize the illumination of the road ahead. Tesla calls this feature ‘Adaptive Main Beam’ and has recently enabled it in the new Model 3 with a software update in Europe.

Active Hood

Another safety upgrade on the new Model Y will likely be ‘Active Hood,’ designed to offer improved pedestrian safety. At speeds of ~30-52 km/h (~19-32 mph), if a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the rear part of the hood may automatically raise by approximately 80 mm (3.1 in.). The likelihood of pedestrian injuries would reduce as a result of the increased space between the hood and the components under it.

New colors & wrap option

Tesla may offer the new Model Y in two fresh colors: Ultra Red and Stealth Gray. These paints would be in addition to a few carried-over options, possibly including Pearl White Multi-Coat, Solid Black, and Deep Blue Metallic.

As for the current Model Y, customers would be able to purchase wraps for the new Model Y. We expect Tesla to offer a clear wrap in gloss and satin versions for USD 5,000 and various colored wraps for USD 7,500 (white/gray/black)/USD 8,000 (blue/green/rose gold/red). Both wraps would protect the paint, and the latter would even allow customers to change the color of the vehicle’s exterior and give it a refresh whenever they want.

Interior & Features

Inside, the new Model Y should sport a redesigned dashboard and a swiveling function touchscreen infotainment system, which is unavailable in the current model. Tesla may improve the quality of materials and introduce new steering wheel options with the refresh.

New interior appointments

Tesla may employ a new steering wheel inspired by the Semi and Cybertruck in the new Model Y and offer a steering yoke with a steer-by-wire system as an option. The facelifted crossover SUV may feature new, ventilated seats, new RGB ambient lights, a new, 17-speaker sound system with two subwoofers and two amplifiers, and maybe even an 8-inch rear screen. Improved microphones for enhanced phone calls and increased quietness achieved by 360º acoustic glazing could round out the important interior changes.

New materials

Tesla discontinued wood trim in the Model 3 with the facelift, and it may do the same in the Model Y. The Model Y’s interior comes in black and black-white color schemes and includes wood trim in the sportier-looking fully dark option. Wood trim may suit the two-tone color scheme, but it somewhat looks out of place in the all-black cabin if you ask us. The company may introduce Alcantara or another premium artificial material as a replacement. ABS-bonded foam non-woven fabric is another possibility.

Interestingly, Tesla updated the Model Y in China in September 2023, including small features like RGB ambient lighting on the dashboard and a new textile material in place of the wood trim.

NVH

Like the Model 3 Highland, Tesla could make efforts to make the Model Y’s cabin quieter. It has installed dual-pane glass on all windows and the windshield to isolate noise in the electric sedan further.

Specifications

According to Tesla Tech Central, which cites a reliable source within Tesla, the upcoming 2025 Model Y might bring significant changes to its specifications compared to the current model. The key highlight is a new battery architecture, enabling an impressive range of 400 miles. Notably, there are talks of a potential charging input of 350 kW, achievable with a higher voltage of 800 volts.

Furthermore, improvements to the suspension system will enhance the vehicle’s ability to handle street imperfections, while an upgraded powertrain is also expected. These rumors suggest exciting advancements for the Model Y refresh, but the developments remain unconfirmed.

Today, the Model Y is available in Standard, Long Range, and Performance variants. The base variant has only one motor, which powers the rear wheels. It takes 6.6 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint and can achieve a top speed of 135 mph. Its EPA-est. range is 260 miles.

The Long Range variant has an additional motor that powers the front wheels and changes the drivetrain layout has the same top speed – 135 mph. On a full charge, EPA estimates it can travel up to 310 miles.

Performance is also a dual-motor AWD variant but with a more powerful powertrain. It takes just 3.5 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint, and it has a much higher top speed of 155 mph. Its EPA-est. range is quite impressive, too – 279 miles.

In the new Model Y line-up, the Standard and Long Range variants may have a lower top speed of 125 mph. However, their EPA-est. range figures could be slightly higher, up to approximately 360 miles.

Price & Release date

Reuters’ source sharing developments around the new Model Y project says that Tesla has scheduled the production start of the refresh in October 2024. That’s a projected timeline, though, which can change because of various external factors. Regardless, a recent development has indicated that even if Tesla reveals the new Model Y in other markets in 2024, it will continue selling the current model throughout the year in the United States.

Tesla has confirmed to its sales staff (via X/teslascope) that it doesn’t plan to launch a refreshed Model Y in the U.S. in 2024. Perhaps, as seen in the Model 3 Highland’s case, the Model Y Juniper may go to other markets first and arrive in North America a few months later.

On December 27, 2023, Bloomberg reported that according to its sources, production of the new Model Y in China may begin as early as mid-2024 (May-August 2024). Tesla has a fully-owned factory in the country in Shanghai, where it manufactures both Model 3 and Model Y. This plant became the world’s first production site of the facelifted Model 3 in 2023, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the same happens in the case of the facelifted Model Y in 2024. The facelifted Model Y will feature clearly visible exterior and interior changes, as per Bloomberg’s sources.

As of March 12, 2024, the Model Y retails at USD 43,990 (Standard)/USD 48,990 (Long Range)/USD 52,490 (Performance). Tesla levies a USD 1,390 destination fee and a USD 250 order fee over the vehicle price.

We don’t see Tesla rolling out a major price revision with the facelift. By the end of 2024, the base price of the Model Y may have reached close to USD 45,000.

TopElectricSUV says

As America’s top-selling EV, the Tesla Model Y is the driving force of the nation’s transition to electric cars. It’s an all-rounder with high energy efficiency, thrilling performance, great practicality, and innovative technologies, and we think an update can only make it more appealing!

2025 Tesla Model Y FAQs

What is the 2025 Tesla Model Y release date?

The new Model Y should be launched in the U.S. in early 2025.

What will be the 2025 Tesla Model Y price?

The refreshed Model Y may start at just over USD 45,000.

Which cars will be new Tesla Model Y rivals?

Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Kia EV6.

Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the 2025 Tesla Model Y/Project Juniper

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2025 Tesla Model Y (Project Juniper): What we know/expect (2024)

FAQs

Where will my Tesla Model Y be built? ›

Tesla Model Y
ProductionJanuary 2020 – present
AssemblyUnited States: Fremont, California (Fremont Factory); Austin, Texas (Gigafactory Texas) China: Shanghai (Gigafactory Shanghai) Germany: Grünheide (Mark) (Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg)
DesignerFranz von Holzhausen
Body and chassis
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What is the projected range of the Tesla Model Y? ›

Go ahead, take the road trip. With up to 320 miles (est.) of range on a single charge, chances are you'll need a break before your Model Y will. Dual motor all-wheel drive ensures you're ready to tackle any road conditions.

What is a juniper car? ›

But it's due for an update. We expect to see it sometime this year. Reuters reported last spring that an internal project at Tesla, codenamed Juniper, was developing an updated version of the Model Y. Tesla has a massive, dedicated online following no other automaker can match.

Is the 2024 model Y different? ›

The 2024 Tesla Model Y is a fully electric small crossover SUV. It comes in three main versions: Standard, Long Range and Performance. Midway through the model year, Tesla discontinued the Model Y Standard and revised the Long Range to be either Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive or Long Range All-Wheel Drive.

Does the 2024 Model Y have ventilated seats? ›

The 2024 Tesla Model Y RWD, which offers some 260 miles of range, starts at $45,630, meaning it'll run $38,130 when the credit is applied. While it doesn't have ventilated seats or a rear screen, I would take the Model Y over the 3 for the practicality and cost savings.

How much is the new Tesla in 2024? ›

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is one of the best all-around EVs with impressive range, advanced tech, and engaging performance — while remaining relatively affordable. Pricing starts at $40,380.

What is the difference between Model Y from China and USA? ›

The Chinese-built Y features a lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery that gives an EPA-rated driving range of 245 miles (394 km), whereas the entry-level U.S. Model Y with rear-wheel drive has a more powerful battery and can travel 279 miles (449 km) before needing a fill, according to the EPA.

Who makes the battery for Tesla Model Y? ›

Until recently, Tesla exclusively used cylindrical battery cells. However, the Model 3 and Model Y now utilize LFP prismatic batteries supplied by CATL. This allows Tesla to maintain competitive pricing for these models and effectively withstand increasing market competition.

Which Tesla Model Y to buy? ›

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Buying an electric car is all about driving range, and the Long Range and Performance models offer 310 and 285 miles of range, respectively. We'd go with the Long Range, which maximizes driving range while offering plenty of performance.

Does Model Y really get 330 miles? ›

The Range Test

The result: The Model Y has anMTRoad-Trip Range of 229 miles, 81 miles shy of its EPA-estimated 310 miles of range in mixed driving. (Ed. note: On January 5, 2024, Tesla lowered the Model Y Long Range's EPA-estimated range from 330 miles to 310 miles.

Why did Tesla reduce Model Y range? ›

The automaker adjusted its range figures in response to changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's emissions testing cycle, Drive Tesla reported.

How much does it cost to replace a Model Y battery? ›

After labor charges, the total repair cost is about $20,000 to $22,000. For the Model 3, the replacement cost around $15,799.27, with the battery alone costing over $13,500 and labor costing $2,299.27. The Model Y's battery replacement cost is approximately $15,000, similar to the Model S.

Why did Tesla remove radar from Model Y? ›

Back in May 2021, Tesla announced that it was eliminating radar on its new cars in a push to switch to the so-called Tesla Vision approach, which only uses cameras to “see” the road and neural networks that are supposed to mimic the way a human brain works.

What is the most expensive Model Y? ›

5. Model Y price history
  • The Model Y Performance variant started at $60,000 in March 2019, fluctuated slightly, and reached a peak price of $69,990 in June 2022. ...
  • The Model Y Long Range variant, which began at $51,000, experienced a gradual increase to a maximum of $65,990 in June 2022.
Apr 27, 2024

How many versions of the Model Y are there? ›

The 2024 Tesla Model Y is a fully electric small crossover SUV. It comes in three main versions: Standard, Long Range and Performance. Midway through the model year, Tesla discontinued the Model Y Standard and revised the Long Range to be either Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive or Long Range All-Wheel Drive.

Does Model Y have bioweapon mode? ›

Tesla initially introduced the filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode in electric SUVs produced in China and later made it a standard feature in all Model Y vehicles produced.

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