Tesla may seem to be working on some components that would make the Model Y a true crossover with off-road capability. A sighting of a very uniquely set-up Model Y driving near the Fremont Plant indicated this recently, which seemed to have been fitted with a lift package and all-terrain tires.
The car, which seemed to have been exposed to its own fair share of gravel, was spotted and captured by electric advocate Ryan of The Kilowatts on TeslaCam, who, when the lifted Model Y was on the lane, happened to be driving near the Fremont Factory. The lifted Model Y did not have any plates, similar to the Model S refresh vehicles that were spotted around Fremont Blvd as of late.
While the sighting was brief, the electric vehicle advocate mentioned that the Model Y was definitely set up differently from the typical Model Y sold by the electric car maker today. This was most evident with its higher ride height, as well as its large, thick tires that seemed to be optimized for all-terrain driving.
These characteristics could be seen in the TeslaCam footage recorded of the rather unique vehicle. The clips that included the lifted Model Y were brief, but the specific configuration of the crossover is obvious.
No proposals to convert the Model Y into a capable off-road vehicle have been confirmed by Tesla. It does, however, make sense to sell an all-terrain kit for the crossover. After all, crossovers are supposed to be adequately refined for the city but, when needed, capable enough to take the family to the beach or woods. Ubiquitous crossovers like the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are examples of these.
Interestingly enough, Tesla actually equipped the Model Y with an “Off-Road Assist” feature, although critics found this very unusual because there is a low ride height for the all-electric crossover. That said, the fact that today the Model Y is the only Tesla with a dedicated “Off-Road Assist” feature might not be a random decision by the EV manufacturer. Perhaps the Model Y is really intended to be capable enough for minor off-roading, and Tesla is simply refining its production before launching a dedicated off-road package for the vehicle.
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