Tesla Model Y open for bookings in Malaysia – from RM199k, extra RM32k for FSD

Tesla fans all over Malaysia have been waiting for the carmaker to officially enter the Malaysian market for the longest time. And it seems like the wait is finally about to be over, as Tesla has officially opened the Telsla configurator for Malaysia, ahead of its official Malaysian launch that will be held on July 20, 2023. While Malaysians are still enjoying the current excise duty and road tax exemptions for electric vehicles (EVs), Tesla has decided to bring in its Tesla Model Y SUV and has also published its retail prices and specifications details for our market.

Offered in three variants – the Tesla Model Y RWD, Model Y Long Range Dual Motor AWD, and the top-of-the-range Model Y Performance Dual Motor AWD, respective prices (OTR, without insurance) are as follows:

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

Tesla Malaysia has opened its order books for the Tesla Model Y starting today (July 14, 2023). Customers can order the EV SUV with a non-refundable fee of RM1,000. As for the Model Y’s estimated delivery date, Tesla mentioned it will be around early next year (2024).

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On the outside, both the Tesla Model Y RWD and the Model Y Long Range Dual Motor AWD are fitted with 19-inch Gemini wheels. Customers are also given a choice to upgrade to the 20-inch Induction wheels which will cost RM10,000. The Model Y Performance Dual Motor AWD on the other hand is fitted with the 21-inch Uberturbine wheels as standard.

The Tesla Model Y in Malaysia comes with a total of 5 colour choices, with the Standard Pearl White being the standard colour. There are also four more colours to choose from. Details and prices are as follows:

  • Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic – RM5,000 extra
  • Red Multi-Coat – RM10,000 more.

All Tesla Model Y variants utilise the advanced 400V electrical structure. The Model Y RWD, as its name suggests, feature a rear electric motor, which allows it to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, and its top speed is rated at 217 km/h. Range-wise, the Tesla Model Y RWD can travel as far as 455 km (WLTP) on a single charge and can support up to 170 kW of DC charging.

Both The Tesla Model Y Long Range Dual Motor AWD and Performance Dual Motor AWD variants feature dual motors that send power to all four wheels. This enables the Model Y Long Range Dual Motor AWD to do the century sprint in 5.0 seconds and achieve a top speed of 217 km/h. Just in case you need faster acceleration, there is the Acceleration Boost which can reduce the sprint time to just 4.5 seconds.

However, the price for the Acceleration Boost function has not been provided for the Malaysian market just yet, as it is only able to be purchased via the Tesla Mobile app after you get the car. The Tesla Model Y Long Range Dual Motor AWD’s WLTP range is rated at 533 km and the car can support up to 250 kW of DC charging.

The Tesla Model Y Performance Dual Motor AWD can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km. Range-wise, the Model Y Performance Dual Motor AWD gets up to 514 km (WLTP) and can support up to 250 kW of DC charging as well.

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Inside, the Tesla Model Y we are getting in Malaysia is the 5-seater variant, unlike the 7-seater option that is available in certain markets. Fitted as standard is the black vegan leather option, but customers have the option to opt for the black and white interior for RM5,000 extra.

Also fitted as standard is the 15-inch central display, two wireless chargers, four USB-C ports, powered front seats, as well as heated functions for both the front and rear seats. The Tesla Model Y in Malaysia also gets the HEPA air filtration system and Bioweapon Defence mode for its air conditioning system.

There are also the panoramic glass roof, 854 litres of rear boot space, as well as 117 litres of ‘frunk’ space at the front. The Tesla Mobile app is also included with the price tag of the Tesla Model Y in Malaysia.

Safety-wise, the Tesla Model Y comes with the brand’s famous Level 2 autonomous driving system – Autopilot. This system allows the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. The EV SUV is also equipped with emergency braking, collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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The 360-degree camera system is also fitted as standard on the Tesla Model Y, and can be used as a dashcam via the Sentry mode. Customers who want even an even more advanced safety tech can opt for Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot which will cost RM16,000. This package includes the Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Autopark, as well as the Smart Summon function, which allows your parked Tesla to be “summoned” to you in the parking lot. However, we don’t know if this will function in Malaysian parking lots just yet.

The full self-driving (FSD) function is also available at RM32,000. However, it is currently still in beta and will be constantly updated via its over-the-air software updates.

All variants of the Tesla Model Y in Malaysia come with the basic 4-year/80,000 km warranty, whichever comes first. The RWD variant also gets an 8-year/160,000 km battery and drive unit warranty, while the Long range and Performance variants get an 8-year/192,000 km battery and drive unit warranty.

When launched, the Tesla Model Y will be competing against the likes of the BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC. As for its petrol-powered competitors, this includes the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Lexus NX. Just in case you are wondering about the Tesla Model Y’s dimensions, it is 4,751 mm long, 1,921 mm wide, 1,624 mm tall, and is underpinned by a 2,890 mm wheelbase. And if you are wondering when will the Tesla Model 3 be launched in Malaysia, there’s no info just yet.

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