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Tesla Model Y prototype spotted cruising along a California highway

Published Oct 31st, 2019 10:05PM EDT
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For as often as detractors like to categorize Tesla as a flash in the pan with no long-term prospects for success, the electric automaker has made a habit of proving those naysayers wrong. While Tesla’s ability to sell cars has never been an issue, the company’s ability to actually turn a profit has long been called into question. Recently, though, Tesla surprised almost everyone when the company posted a quarterly profit of $342 million when most analysts were anticipating a steep quarterly loss.

During the ensuing earnings conference call, Musk couldn’t help but heap praise on the company’s upcoming Model Y, a crossover version of Tesla’s immensely popular Model 3. Notably, Musk said that the Model Y may arrive sooner than anticipated given that production may commence by summer of 2020.

Recently, a Model Y prototype was spotted driving along a highway in California and provides us with a clearer view of the vehicle’s size. As evidenced via the video below, you can see the Model Y driving next to a Model 3, which provides us with a good sense of scale. Notably, the Model Y appears to be significantly taller than the Model 3.

If Tesla manages to release the Model Y on schedule, it will be interesting to see how well it sells. Suffice it to say, Tesla has extremely high expectations, with Musk recently claiming that the Model Y could easily become Tesla’s most popular vehicle.

“I’ve actually recently driven the Model Y release candidate, and I think it’s going to be an amazing product and very well received,” Musk said last week. “I think it’s quite likely it will — and this just my opinion — outsell the S, X, and 3 combined.”

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.

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