Tesla rolls out an updated Model Y in China but keeps the same starting price

The new Model Y for China looks a lot like the old one. | Screenshot: Wes Davis / The Verge

Tesla’s China arm announced in a WeChat post Sunday morning that it released a new Model Y with design and performance tweaks that keeps the same starting price as before (via Reuters). The new car follows the company’s release of the revamped “Highland” Model 3 in China, which also hit Europe early last month.

According to Tesla’s Chinese website, the Model Y now has a 0–100km/h time of 5.9 seconds, which Bloomberg notes in a report is slightly faster than before. The car gets new wheels and an ambient LED lighting strip in the dash, like the refreshed Model 3.

A picture of the interior of the new Model Y, showing the LED strip, steering wheel, and display.
Screenshot: Wes Davis / The Verge
If you squint, you can see the new LED strip along the front.

The car starts at 263,900 yuan (about $37,000), and the company offers both a long-range version for 299,900 yuan (about $42,000) and a high-performance version for 349,900 yuan (about $49,000). Tesla has not announced the updated Model Y — or the Model 3, for that matter — in the US. Here are some cropped images from Tesla’s WeChat post announcing the updated car:

A crop from the Tesla WeChat post, showing the dash and steering wheel at the top, a closeup of the LED strip in the middle, and one of the wheels at the bottom.
Image: Tesla
The updated dashboard and wheels.
A picture of the front of the new Tesla Model Y in China.
Image: Tesla
The Model Y is mostly unchanged elsewhere.

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