Tesla Giga Shanghai starts production of Model Y with updated rear seats

Recent reports from China have suggested that production of Tesla Model Y units with updated rear seats and emergency door opening systems began this month at Gigafactory Shanghai. Production of the updated Model Y units reportedly began around mid-October, according to local media.

Images of the China-made Model Y’s updated rear seats have been doing the rounds on social media platforms across the country. Images showed that the length of the Model Y’s rear seats had been increased by 30mm to give passengers better leg support. The updated component should also reduce passenger fatigue on long journeys.

As noted in a CNEV position report, the updated Model Y from Gigafactory Shanghai wouldn’t just have new rear seats. The all-electric crossover would also be equipped with manual rear door unlocking, which should make it easier for passengers to exit the vehicle in the event of an accident or similar incidents.

Overall, the Model Y updates are subtle, the local news agency noted. Yiche. A look at Tesla China’s official page for the Model Y shows that the EV maker isn’t highlighting any modifications to the vehicle itself. Even the Model Y’s expected delivery times and prices in Tesla China’s Vehicle Configurator seem unchanged.

So far, Tesla China lists three variants of the Model Y. The entry-level RWD variant starts at 316,900 RMB ($44,030), while the Model Y Long Range starts at 394,900 RMB ($54,800) . The Model Y Performance, on the other hand, starts at 417,900 RMB ($58,070) before options like the Full Self-Driving suite.

The Tesla Model Y has been quite a successful vehicle in China, with the vehicle’s 46,694 retail sales in September being the highest of any SUV in the country, electric or otherwise. That was according to data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) earlier this month.

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Tesla Giga Shanghai starts production of Model Y with updated rear seats