2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k – paultan.org

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Tesla is now officially in Malaysia, the brand was launched this morning at an event at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Its entry into the market is led by the Tesla Model Y, with the mid-sized SUV sold here in three specification forms revealed through the online configurator last week.

The three variants of the Tesla Model Y available for the Malaysian market are:

  • Tesla Model Y Standard Range RWD – RM199,000
  • Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000
  • Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

The Standard Range RWD is covered by an eight-year/160,000 km battery and drive unit warranty, while the Long Range AWD and Performance AWD come with an eight-year/192,000 km battery and drive unit warranty. All prices include sales and service tax (SST), with 100% import/excise duties and road tax exemption. Online orders, with a non-refundable RM1,000 fee, started last week.

In addition, there are cost add-on options that you can specify for the car:

  • Black, silver or blue paint – RM5,000
  • Red multi-coat paint – RM10,000
  • Black/white interior – RM5,000
  • 20-inch induction wheel upgrade – RM10,000
  • Enhanced Autopilot – RM16,000
  • Full Self Drive – RM32,000

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Buyers will have the chance to get up close and personal with all three versions of the Model Y physically, and temporarily, as they will be on display at the Center Court, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from now until October 31.

All three trims (Standard Range RWD, Long Range AWD and Performance AWD) will be on view from 10am to 10pm daily throughout the three month plus duration of the showcase for public viewing and ordering. The company added that the first deliveries of the Model Y to Malaysian customers will begin in early 2024.

Designed and built as Tesla’s first mass-market electric SUV, the Model Y competes against the likes of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, and in the EV realm, goes up against the BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC. For the Malaysian market, the Model Y is only available as a two-row 5 seater for now.

Tesla doesn’t officially disclose its battery kWh sizes, preferring instead to vary by range. As for charging times, the Model Y, which runs at a maximum efficiency of 250 kW, can charge up to 120 km in just five minutes using the Tesla Supercharger. For the latter, the first of the 10 Supercharger stations planned so far for Malaysia, an eight-bay station located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, is set to begin operations in the near future.

Here’s a brief run-through of what you can expect to see in the Model Y variants on offer.

Tesla Model Y Standard Range RWD – RM199,000

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Tesla Model Y – RWD (Gemini wheels)

The entry-level Model Y in Malaysia is the Model Y Standard Range RWD. Power goes to the wheels via a single rear motor. The battery used is an LFP type battery, which offers the car a maximum range of 455 km (WLTP cycle). Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.9 seconds and a 217 km/h top speed. As standard, the RWD is fitted with 19-inch Gemini wheels, but 20 inch Induction wheels are available as a RM10,000 option.

Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Tesla Model Y – Long Range AWD (Induction wheels)

The Model Y Long Range AWD, which as its suffix suggests features two motors, one on each axle. The battery used here is an NMC type battery, and gives the variant up to 533 km (WLTP) travel range. It’s quicker to the century mark from a standstill in 5.0 seconds, but top speed is the same as the RWD at 217 km/h. Acceleration Boost, which drops acceleration time to 4.5 seconds, is available as a cost option; it can be bought in the app after you get the car, not when ordering.

Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Tesla Model Y – Performance AWD (Uberturbine wheels)

The top of the range Model Y variant is the Performance AWD, which also uses an NMC type battery but sacrifices some range (up to 514 km, WLTP) for better performance. It can hit 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, up to a top speed of 250 km/h. It is equipped with 21-inch Uberturbine wheels, performance brakes, carbon fiber spoiler, aluminum alloy pedals and lowered suspension, among other things.

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Tesla Model Y – Black Interior

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Tesla Model Y – White Interior

In terms of interior, all three variants get a black vegan leather interior (upgradable to black and white for RM5,000), a panoramic glass roof, a 15-inch central touchscreen display, a dual wireless charger and four USB Type-C ports.

Also standard fit is a 13-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer and two amplifiers, power-adjustable front seats, heated front/rear seats, heated steering and an AC system featuring a HEPA filter system with Bioweapon Defense Mode. In terms of storage, it has an 854 liter rear boot and a 117 liter ‘frunk’ (under the bonnet, where the engine is in an ICE vehicle).

2023 Tesla Model Y now in Malaysia – Standard Range RM199k, Long Range RM246k, Performance RM288k

Five colors are available for the Tesla Model Y, and they are Solid Black, Pearl White Multi-Coat, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic and Red Multi-Coat. Pearl White is the only color included in the price of the Model Y. Black, silver and blue cost an extra RM5,000, while opting for red will increase the cost by RM10,000.

We’ll be uploading a live photo gallery of all three cars as it runs, so check back later. Incidentally, Tesla was also present at paultan.org Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx) 2023, taking place this weekend from July 22-23 at the Setia City Convention Center (SCCC), so if you want to check out the Model Y, head to the event.

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