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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Tesla has announced that it will begin production of a seven-seat version of the Model Y, a small SUV-type electric car, starting in November. If there are people who have been waiting for a seven-seater version of the Model Y from the rumor stage prior to its official announcement, it will finally come true about two years later. Production will begin in November, but deliveries in the U.S. will not begin until December.

Tesla's official website shows that the seven-seater is treated as an option and can be configured for an additional $3,000 and will be available starting in 2021.

In some cases, the Model Y was introduced as a seven-seater when it began shipping in the U.S. this spring, but only a five-seater version has been sold so far. Also, at the time of writing, Tesla has not yet begun selling the Model Y in Japan.

In contrast to the full-size Model X, Model Y is positioned as a compact SUV. Since it has a coupe-like design with a roof that slopes toward the rear, it will be interesting to see what happens to the overhead and legroom and seating comfort if the third row of seats is squeezed in there.

Tesla Model Y

Electric car and eco-friendly news site CleanTechnica suggests the reason Tesla is offering three rows of seats in the Model Y is that, while five is usually enough for a normal family, for example, if you're traveling a long distance with three kids, putting one in the passenger seat, another in the second row, and a third in the third row will make it less likely that they'll get excited and fussed over or have an argument about stupid content.

They also state that the seven-seater will be useful for transporting your child's friends who live in the neighborhood together when dropping off and picking up your children to and from school.

Even for sports excursions such as football or baseball, a seven-seater will come in handy for transporting children to games. Smaller kids won't have a problem with a slightly smaller third row of space.

The Model Y starts at roughly $50,000 without Autopilot. If you add Autopilot to this, you'll pay $8,000. 3rd-row seats will cost $3,000, but if you're buying a Model Y, that's not that much to worry about.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk also tweeted back in August about the idea of preparing a more affordable Model Y, which is currently only available in AWD models, simplified to RWD. If that comes to fruition, we could see more Model Y's starting to hit the streets of the world, along with the Model 3.

Source: Elon Musk (Twitter)

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.