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Tesla makes official debut in Malaysia with launch of first mid-sized SUV Model Y

Malaysia — Tesla is now officially in Malaysia as the brand launches its first mid-sized SUV Tesla Model Y at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur today.

The three Tesla Model Y variants available for the Malaysian market are:

Tesla Model Y Standard Range RWD – RM199,000

Tesla Model Y – RWD (Gemini wheels)

Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000

Tesla Model Y – Long Range AWD (Induction wheels)

Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000

Tesla Model Y – Performance AWD (Uberturbine wheels)

Starting today until 31 October, potential buyers will have an opportunity to physically inspect all three versions of the Model Y at the Centre Court, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

All three variants of Model Y will be on show from 10am to 10pm daily throughout the three month-plus duration of the showcase, for public viewing and ordering.

The company said that the first deliveries of the Model Y to Malaysian customers will begin in early 2024.

Designed and built as Tesla’s first mass-market electric SUV, the Model Y competes against the likes of the BMW iX1 and BMW iX3Mercedes-Benz EQBHyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

For the Malaysian market, the Model Y is only available as a two-row 5 seater for now.

Tesla doesn’t officially reveal its battery kWh sizes, preferring to differentiate by range instead. As for charging times, the Model Y, operating at peak efficiency of 250 kW, can charge up to 120 km in just five minutes with a Tesla Supercharger.

For the latter, the first of the 10 Supercharger stations planned so far for Malaysia, an eight-bay station located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, is set to begin operations soon.

Tesla’s Country Director for Hong Kong & Singapore Isabel Fan said Tesla would set up its headquarter in Cyberjaya, Sepang.

She added the company would set up experience centres, service centres, and Tesla super charging stations.

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