He Tesla Model Y It is an SUV car crossover 100% electric compact presented in March 2019, with the first deliveries made in March 2020. After going on sale, it was an instant success, becoming the best-selling car of 2023. Not only electric, but in general. It is available with rear-wheel drive and one motor or all-wheel drive and two motors, one on each axle of the vehicle. After the renovation of the interior and exterior design of the Model 3 or Project Highlandthe same is expected to happen with the Model Y. This change is known, internally, as Project Juniper.
The redesign, as happened with the Model 3, will help Tesla further reduce the production costs of the Model Y, in addition to increasing its autonomy by reducing aerodynamic drag and thus making it more efficient, offering a car much newer and updated, but without raising prices.
He Tesla Model Y Juniper redesigned, it would update the exterior and interior of the vehicle, it would offer some of the innovations that the company incorporated in the Model S, Model
Exterior changes to the redesigned Tesla Model Y Juniper
He Tesla Model Y Juniper would have an updated design similar to that of the Tesla Model 3 Highland. That is, changes to the front that include new smaller headlights, a more aerodynamic bumper and a modification to the size of the front area of the vehicle to make it a little more sporty and efficient.
The rear area would also change, like the Model 3, with new taillights, probably in one piece, without the cutout of the rear trunk door, as in the current design. This not only simplifies the manufacturing of parts, it also offers an additional degree of efficiency.
It is not known, at the moment, if Tesla will update the damping system of the Model Y Juniper as happened with him Model 3 Highlandbut considering that it is their best-selling car, it is most likely that they will improve the vehicle in that aspect to give it more comfort without losing the feeling of sportiness.
Changes to the interior of the redesigned Tesla Model Y Juniper
He Tesla Model Y Juniper will incorporate all the interior changes that we have seen in the Tesla Model 3 Highland. The first thing we will notice when entering the vehicle is the total absence of wood finishes and details on the dashboard and doors. It will also incorporate the LED strip that runs throughout the vehicle’s interior.
The entire interior of Model Y Juniper It will be redesigned with new materials that will give the vehicle a more premium appearance, and renewed, without losing the brand’s characteristic minimalism. A single 15-inch multi-touch front screen will remain in the center of the dashboard.
The second row of seats will receive a new 10-inch multi-touch screen from which you can control the climate control, access Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video either Youtube control the music, or move the right front seat for easier access, if necessary.
This screen, like the Model S, Model 3 and Model
But the most important change that the interior of the Tesla Model Y Juniper It will be the total absence of levers. Turning is now done via two haptic buttons with feedback on the left side of the steering wheel. The gear shift lever is now done on the screen, by sliding the finger up or down, depending on the direction we want to move.
The gearshift system, being 100% software, is smart enough to detect the direction you probably want to head. If you are in a parking lot with a wall in front of you, after sitting down and putting on your seat belt, when you press the brake it automatically changes to reverse gear.
If you are parked and there is no obstacle in front, choose the gear to move forward, without the driver having to choose it. Even so, if the system makes a mistake—although in our experience it is right the vast majority of the time—you can choose the gear on the screen.
The steering wheel of the Model Y Juniper, in addition to the turn signals, will also have buttons to activate the cameras, windshield wipers, voice assistant and change lights. It maintains the two multifunction wheels from which you can raise or lower the volume, change the theme, activate or deactivate Autopilot and program extra functions.
Will the Tesla Model Y Juniper arrive with new batteries?
As with the Model 3 Highland, Tesla will most likely not change the batteries they currently use for the Model Y in the redesign of the vehicle. The increase in autonomy will come thanks to improvements in the vehicle’s aerodynamics and other optimizations that reduce the overall weight of the car. No, Tesla will not incorporate CATL “golden” batteries, which is an unfounded rumor with no basis.
They do this to keep costs low and be able to sell the car with the new design without increasing the price of the vehicle. Furthermore, these are batteries that are produced on a very large scale, necessary for the company, with increasingly lower prices.
That does not mean that in the future Tesla will use new or different batteries, but it will happen when it can make those types of changes without impacting the manufacturing price per unit. In addition to this, the company will continue to focus strongly on increasing production of 4680 batteries.
When will the Tesla Model Y Juniper be presented?
Tesla has not yet announced the exact release date of the redesign of the Model Ybut a report published by Bloomberg ensures that the vehicle will be available from the second half of 2024. The strategy would be similar to the one they implemented with the Model 3 Highland. That is, it will first go on sale in both Asia and Europe, and months later it would arrive in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
According to the report, Tesla would have taken advantage of the Chinese New Year break to modify the Giga Shanghai production lines and adapt it to the changes necessary to assemble the Model Y Juniper. Added to that, there is a curious coincidence with the stoppage in the Berlin Giga due to supply problems, which could well be taken advantage of to carry out the necessary changes.
One of the ways to anticipate the launch of the Model Y Juniper is due to the increase in leaks of the car, its parts and its new design. Tesla also tends to more aggressively reduce the price of the current model a few weeks before the launch of the new version.
Price of the Tesla Model Y Juniper
Tesla has not yet announced prices for the Model Y Juniperbut it will probably keep the current ones, just as happened with the Model 3 Highland. In any case, the company usually makes price changes on a regular basis and it could well go up—or even down—before the launch of the vehicle.